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Chicago’s Top-10 Elevated Tees (and then some)

High tea or high tee? Over in England for the working class people in the area around Buckingham Palace a “high tea” means a worker’s substantive meal (supper with tea) that is served at a desk whereas seated on excessive again eating chairs and is supposed to be differentiated from the afternoon tea that is traditionally served with scones or desserts at 4 o’clock on low tables whereas sitting on shorter parlor chairs (a snack with tea). Back in Chicago, in the region round Buckingham Fountain, a “high tee” might mean both a Four-inch peg of wood or plastic used to help launch the primary shot of a golf hole –or– an space used for the primary shot of a golf hole that is considerably larger in elevation than the meant landing space.

The six county Chicago Metropolitan Area is usually flat, quite the antithesis of Loyal Chapman’s imaginative inventive Alps International Golf & Climbing Membership or the actual Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa. Nevertheless, there are a couple of public programs in our locale that challenge their golfing clients with a hike, or experience, up to an elevated teeing space. Our quest was to make an inventory of the top-10 elevated teeing grounds included into public golf courses in the Chicago area. In addition to peak (drop), our other standards included scenery, drama and fear-factor. With apologies in case your personal selection just isn’t included, right here is the Chicago Golf Report listing with ten places to “elevate your game”.

10) Cary Country Membership, Hole #2 – Par Four (325 / 287 yards)
Elevated tee photographs can range from delicate to wild, and right here’s one that pleases almost each golfer. The first inkling that there’s an elevated tee shot coming on gap #2 is experienced within the slope of green #1, then stride over to the cart path and journey as much as tee #2 which perches a lofty 75 ft above its large fairway — pleasing to the eye, and, receptive to hooks and slices. Cary Country Membership has a handful of lovable, useful elevated tees. Might this be resulting from its proximity to the Norge Ski Bounce in close by Fox River Grove?

Cary Country Club - 2nd Hole

Cary Nation Membership – 2nd Gap

9) Coghill-Dubsdread, Gap #14 – Par Three (215 / 194 / 184 / 174 / 171 / 108 yards)
Whereas standing on the teeing plateau of the 14th hole, considering the descending tee shot, many different distractions are current here at Dubsdread. In addition to factoring for the elevation change of more than 25 ft, the tee shot should find the slender opening between the stands of timber to the left and to the best of the forward tee box. The goal green sits in a valley, but rises up like a mesa with six Rees Jones steep-faced bunkers surrounding it. Off-line photographs and people who lack the right spin typically proceed toward and into the menacing bunkers. Timber, sand, berms, and don’t overlook the barranca ditch and large white barn; this can be a visually memorable gap.

Cog Hill Dubsdread - 14th Hole

Cog Hill Dubsdread – 14th Hole

8) Foxford Hills Golf Club, Gap #5 – Par Four (428 / 382 / 363 / 342 / 325 yards)
This hole’s nickname is ‘Double Jeopardy’ with out-of-bounds bordering all the left aspect and a pond to the best for the ultimate portion of the opening. From the teeing floor the opening has a downhill slope of 35 ft to the 150-yard marker then continues sloping one other 15 ft to the two bunkers adjoining to the pond. A sprinkler head near the two bunkers is marked as 126 yards to the center of the inexperienced; any tee shot that doesn’t reach the 126-yard sprinkler head will face a downhill lie for the strategy shot into the inexperienced. Out-of-bounds, pond, downhill lies — perhaps the opening ought to be named ‘triple jeopardy’!

Foxford Hills Golf Club - 5th Hole

Foxford Hills Golf Club – fifth Gap

7) Settler’s Hill Golf Club, Hole #Four – Par 3 (141 / 123 / 116/ 107 yards)
The 4th gap at Settler’s Hill in Batavia matches into the basic definition of an elevated tee shot: put the teeing area on a hill and situate the green in a valley. Although the opening is a man made fabrication, this hole appears utterly pure. The broad teeing ground and kidney-shaped green permits the superintendent the means to drive his golfing clients to hit cuts or attracts, or laser-straight photographs, to the right portion of the green situated roughly 55 ft under the tee. The contour of the bottom good of inexperienced will trigger many photographs to bounce into the bunker or into the unplayable natural wooded area. This gap has produced a “love it or hate it” relationship for the common golfers at Settler’s Hill.

Settler's Hill Golf Club - 4th Hole

Settler’s Hill Golf Membership – 4th Gap

6) Harborside International Golf Middle – Port, #16 – Par 4 (407 / 359 / 324 / 286 yards)
It’s a gradual sloping change in elevation (40 ft) from tee to inexperienced at Harborside International Port’s 16th hole, nevertheless it requires probably the most exactly positioned tee photographs of any of the hundreds of holes all through the Chicago space. Aptly named “Land’s End”, the 16th gap occupies a peninsula into Lake Calumet; the water left of the green and behind the green is simply one of the points to cope with when enjoying this par-Four. The green is positioned to the left of a collection of fairway bunkers, which are situated on the true straight line from tee to green — intentional deception on the part of architect, Dick Nugent. The natural downhill runout from drives hit on the straight line find yourself within the fairway bunkers; sloping runout from drives too far left find yourself within the water. The unheralded 16th does not obtain the acclaim due it, however fairly it receives considerable cussing and swearing at it.

Harborside International - Port - 16th Hole

Harborside International – Port – 16th Gap

5) The Glen Club, Gap #Four – Par Three (156 / 139 / 129 / 108 yards)
Situated in the middle of the golf course property and at one of many property’s highest points, this par-Three has a elevated tee 40 ft above the green. Whereas its yardage is brief, it is a deceiving and troublesome gap. Enjoying from north to south, the prevailing wind in the course of the summertime might be towards the player or a right to left crosswind from the west. The semi-circular hill behind the green together with evergreen and hardwood timber add additional deception to evaluate right wind velocity and course. The variables of elevation, wind, and pin location necessitate right membership selection; a improper selection of membership or a miss hit can simply end in a “double” — bogey or par.

The Glen Club - 4th Hole

The Glen Club – 4th Hole

4) Mistwood Golf Membership, hole #14 – Par Three (233 / 202 / 190 / 168 / 133 yards)
Standing excessive atop some extent gazing throughout an expanse of water — no, it isn’t the Cliffs of Dover to Calais — you’re on the 14th tee at Mistwood Golf Membership in Romeoville. Gap #14 at Mistwood is called Kelpies Lookout, in reference to ‘Kelpie’ the mythical Scottish water horse, and the 14th is the primary of a treacherous three-hole stretch referred to as Kelpies Korner. Hole #14 plays 202 yards from the gold tees and 233 yards from the championship tees. The elevation change from tee to inexperienced is 40 ft and the shot requires a pressured carry over Lake St James. The green is surrounded by Three bunkers, one among which is an inverted sod wall positioned middle right of the green. The prevailing wind from the west is all the time towards the golfers, making club choice an important think about maneuvering by means of this robust par three. An elevated tee, a pressured carry, and strategic bunkers produce fairly a powerful and memorable gap at Mistwood.

Mistwood Golf Club - 14th Hole

Mistwood Golf Membership – 14th Gap

3) Vernon Hills Golf Course, Hole #7 – Par 3 (137 / 132 / 104 / 104 yards)
In 1982 Alice Dye convinced her husband, Pete, to dig an enormous gap, fill it with water and position a inexperienced within the center, then use the extra dust to create mounds elsewhere on the course. Many years before the creation of TPC-Sawgrass the builders of Tally-Ho golf course with an identical maneuver dug a hole, created a pond, and a hill proper next to the pond. Tally-Ho golf course has advanced to develop into the difficult 9-hole course, Vernon Hills GC. Official surveying data in Lake County, Illinois, present that the altitude of VHGC’s green is 682 ft above sea degree and the tee is 727 ft above sea degree, a drop of precisely 45 ft from tee to green. Taking the typical apex of 90 ft for a short-iron shot for the typical golfer, there is a descent on your golf ball of 135 ft. However ensure that your brief iron shot has adequate ahead travel to clear the pond or else the ball’s descent may have one other 15 ft to the bottom of the pond.

Vernon Hills Golf Course - 7th Hole

Vernon Hills Golf Course – seventh Hole

2) Prairie Isle Golf Membership, Gap #Eight- Par 3 (160 / 134 / 120 / 100 yards)
Prairie Isle Golf Membership in McHenry County, Illinois is a course whose topography resembles the topography of programs found in different states. Along with containing meadows and wetlands, parts of Prairie Isle stand up equally to courses discovered within the Catskill Mountains (NY) and Blue Ridge Mountains (NC & TN). One spectacular ‘rise’ at Prairie Isle is the elevated tee on hole #Eight, whose panorama connotes that of Northern Michigan. The drop from #8 tee to #8 inexperienced is sixty ft, and the goal is fronted and flanked by two ponds which almost encircle all 360 levels of the triple tiered green. The yardage guide’s tip is to “bring your straight shot and your camera”.

Prairie Isle Golf Club - 8th Hole

Prairie Isle Golf Club – eighth Hole

1) Chalet Hills Golf Club, Hole #12 – Par Four (361 / 354 / 323 / 262 yards)
The essential parts, the “A, B, C’s” — altitude, magnificence, and challenge — of an ideal elevated teeing space usually are not only current, but plentiful on the tee of hole #12 at Chalet Hills Golf Membership. The green touchdown area, some 60 ft under the tee, at first, seems to be extensive, but the presence of ponds, marsh, timber, and cart path will physically and psychologically shrink the green to ‘narrow status’. The looks and sounds of wildlife, both in the air and on the bottom, can afford the rationale and excuse for a double-bogey. It’s a spectacular view of golf and nature at the similar time.

Chalet Hill Golf Club - 12th Hole

Chalet Hill Golf Membership – 12th Gap

If we’re allowed to increase our Chicago golfing area by roughly 150 miles to the west and embrace Jo Daviess County, then there are numerous more spectacular golf holes to incorporate with elevated tees. Immediately coming to thoughts are three from the Eagle Ridge Inn and Spa in Galena, and borrowing from the pizza chain’s advertising description, these three elevated tees can be the “extra most best-est” in Chicago Golf Report’s set of prime elevated tees.

1c) Eagle Ridge Inn & Spa – East, Hole #2 – Par 3 (150 / 131 / 114 yards)
With all 63 golf holes of Eagle Ridge Inn & Spa situated on a single giant property, it is logical to assume that each one four programs would share comparable earthly characteristics. The terrain of this massive property is exclusive for the area, as ice age glaciers left behind steep hills, limestone cliffs and breathtaking views. The East Course, a 9-hole routing, in an analogous manner to its three bigger-brother courses incorporates elevated teeing areas. The tee of East gap#2 sits 45 ft above the goal inexperienced. Be aware of the trouble behind the green when making your membership selection; belief your swing and don’t overshoot this inexperienced.

Eagle Ridge - East - 2nd Hole

Eagle Ridge – East – 2nd Hole

1b) Eagle Ridge Inn & Spa – South, Gap #18 – Par 4 (406 / 372 / 372 / 341 yards)
It’s a unbelievable end for Eagle Ridge Inn & Spa’s South course, as #18 is South’s signature gap. The tee is about 90 ft above a landing space which is guarded by lakes on each side and a stream that crosses the green 265 yards from the tee; the second shot plays uphill to a well-bunkered elevated green. Subsequently, taking note of these two details, your first shot (drive) ought to be with ‘less club’ and your second shot (strategy) ought to be with ‘more club’. Laying up too close to the stream will end in a downhill lie. In-season foliage provides to the great thing about this hole.

Eagle Ridge - South - 18th Hole

Eagle Ridge – South – 18th Hole

1a) Eagle Ridge Inn & Spa – Basic, Gap #14 – Par 4 (357 / 341 / 339 / 313 yards)
Golfers have most probably forgotten that on Might 24, 1997, former Chicago Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt fired the cannon that signaled the official opening of The Basic at Eagle Ridge, but after ascending to the tee of hole #14 on this course, golfers will never forget the sight they witness when gazing down at the fairway or throughout at the horizon which encompasses the three states of IL, IA, and WI. Therefore, this hole has acquired the nickname of “The View”. Perched at 180 ft above, the descent from the tee field to the green have to be so gradual that the cart path design requires six hairpin turns to succeed in the bottom. Can’t complain if play slows down a bit on #14 tee, as a result of every golfer is allowed one additional shot — a snapshot with their digital camera / smartphone. If music have been allowed on #14 tee, it must be Bob Dylan’s music “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”.

Eagle Ridge - General - 14th Hole

Eagle Ridge – Common – 14th Hole

Back within the six county Metro space, incomes an honorable mention are: Bourne #10; Broken Arrow Golf Membership #6; Cary Country Club #3, #12, #13; Countryside-Conventional #18; Glen Membership #8; Redtail Golf Club #8; Silver Lake Nation Membership -Rolling Hills #Three; Water’s Edge Golf Membership #10; and, Willow Crest Golf Club #18.

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