What makes it great: dignified setting as the 500-acre estate of former Tribune publisher, Colonel Robert R. McCormick; three nine-hole courses that allow for numerous 18-hole combinations; named the “Best New Public Course in the Nation” after opening in 1989
Breezes drift east off the Fox River and through the tree lines of Pottawatomie Golf Course, a spectacular layout recognized by Golf World as the No. 15 nine-hole course in America in 2010. The course traces its roots back to 1939, when legendary course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. capitalized on the area's natural splendor to design a course that originally charged golfers a quarter to play and was best conquered by clubs made from stale baguettes.
Recently, the par 35 course has been the subject of a vigorous renovation, including efforts to reshape greens and preserve native habitats for the deer, foxes, and egrets that populate the grounds. These conservation efforts were rewarded in 1997, when Pottawatomie Golf Course became the first nine-hole course recognized as a fully certified sanctuary by Audubon International.
The course's picturesque conditions are on full display at the par-four third hole, where a curving fairway vanishes into the river and golfers must launch approach shots onto a water-surrounded green. After a day of fore-hollering fun, golfers can peruse the pro shop for the latest gear and clubs to replace irons that ran away to chase dreams of one day growing into a cell-phone tower.
Course at a Glance:
* Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.
* Nine-hole, par 35 course
* Length of 3,007 yards from the farthest tees
* Course rating of 34.9 from the farthest tees
* Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees
* Bent-grass greens, blue-grass fairways
Today's Groupon gets you and a golf buddy 18 holes on the difficult Tamarack Golf Course in Naperville for only $50. Each Groupon is good for two people to play an 18-hole round together, so get a pair and a foursome together to hit the lynx for the price of a 2.6-some (meaning it's up to a 62% discount—weekday rounds are $55, weekends are $65). Golf with friends is the best kind of bonding; there's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining Tamarack's well-groomed fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres mulligans. The satisfaction of a well-played hole is amplified by one's sadistic enjoyment of your partner's three-shot adventure in the woodsy rough.
A destination for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. A venue for weddings or simply a Sunday brunch. Villa Olivia wears many hats across its lodge's vaulted ceilings, and the attractions change depending on the season.
While warmer months are spent playing golf on the par 73 course, winter's snow primes the rolling landscape for a tubing hill and seven snowboarding and skiing runs. Instructors teach both private and semiprivate lessons to help visitors navigate these slopes for hours on end, save for a few trips to the ski cafe for refreshments and to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate poured into their ski boots.
When you stay at Hilton Chicago / Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, you'll be in the suburbs and convenient to Stratford Square Mall and Grohe America. This golf resort is within close proximity of Bloomingdale Golf Club and Lynfred Winery.
Make yourself at home in one of the 308 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. After practicing your swing on the golf course, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including a golf course and a nightclub. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle.
Enjoy a bite to eat at a coffee shop/café, or stay in and take advantage of the resort's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Bloomingdale? This resort has 50,000 square feet (4645 square meters) of space consisting of small meeting rooms, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. Free self parking is available onsite.
Blackhawk Trace Golf Club's 27-hole layout can accommodate players of almost any handicap—nearly every hole has four separate tee boxes. But it's also challenged some of the world's best golfers as the host course of three NGA Hooters Tours events and qualifiers for the LaSalle Bank Open, a Nationwide Tour Event. Anyone who plays the course from the tips will get a taste of true Tour golf without having to lick the fairways at Augusta National.
The complex is divided into three nines called the Island, Woodland, and Highland Courses. At the second tee box of the Island Golf Course, golfers will stare down a 611-yard par-five that ends in an elevated green. It makes the mammoth hole even longer than its billing in the scorecard. But the layout doesn't just test a golfer's ability to grip-and-rip: the course's signature attraction might be its 155-yard par three with a true island green, which will challenge golfers' confidence with the shorter sticks. As a part of the Club's massive renovation 10 years ago, all tees, greens, and fairways are comprised of slick bent-grass. Dashes of fescue grass provide an eye-catching texture to the terrain but become less appealing when they get entangled with your irons.
Before taking to the course, feel free to warm up at the Club's practice facility, anchored by a 46-station driving range with four multi-tiered target greens. The facility also encompasses two large putting greens and sandtraps for practicing both greenside and fairway sand shots.