Looking for a great golf experience on one of the country’s greatest courses? Look no further than Chicagoland’s very own Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois is approximately 30 miles southwest of downtown Chicago and arguably one of the best courses in the Midwest. Home to a PGA Tour event 18 times since 1991 including the Western Open and the present-day BMW Championship, the #4 course (deemed “Dubsdread”) was voted as one of GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” in 1998 (16) and 59th on Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Courses”. Consisting of four courses in total, the original course was built in 1927 by manual labor and horse-drawn equipment. The third course on the property was built in 1963 by architect Dick Wilson, whose work was so impressive that he was asked to build a fourth course that would “be good enough to host a national open or PGA Championship”. Unfortunately, Wilson passed away in the planning stages of what would become Dubsdread, which was ultimately finished by Joe Lee. This legendary track was reopened in 2009 after a $5.2 million renovation led by Rees Jones and has hosted the BMW Championship ever since.
Cog Hill’s four challenging courses are open to play for the public and features affordable pricing for any player. According to the club’s website, Spring and Summer rates for courses #1 and #3 will run you $37 during the week and $45 on the weekend before 3pm. Course #2, commonly referred to as “The Ravines”, goes for a flat rate of $57 anytime during the week. Carts are also available for all three courses at $16 per player. Further twilight discounts are available after 4:30pm on the weekend and after 6pm any day of the week.
Dubsdread is available for play at a reasonable $155, which includes complimentary golf cart, range balls, and Laser Link distance finder. Twilight rates are also available for courses 1 through 3 after 3pm where you can play any course for under $20. Replay rate for Cog Hill’s pride and joy is $95 for those players looking to get 36 holes in for the day.
Often seen as a “dying breed” in most of Illinois’ courses, Cog Hill also offers caddies for any of its four courses. Rates begin at $20 plus gratuity and are paid directly to the caddy following the round. Caddies are available May through August and can be reserved up to 48 hours prior to your round. All caddies are considered on-call and are not located on-site.
Winter rates are also available all courses but Dubsdread. For example, weekday rates in the winter months (December through April) are set at $31 for courses 1 and 2 while The Ravines course runs at $46. Twilight rates also apply for the winter beginning at 2pm. Golf carts and hand carts are available, weather permitting. Recently, a local sports station covered winter golf at Cog Hill:
Out-of-town travelers to the Chicagoland area have additional options when looking to play Cog Hill, including hotel packages and other amenities. For example, Merriott hotel in nearby Burr Ridge, Illinois offers a “Stay and Play” package to traveling players and is conveniently located just 20 miles west of Chicago and near Midway Airport, the Brookfield Zoo, and Oak Brook Mall. For updated pricing on golf packages and hotel availability, contact Merriott – Burr Ridge by calling 630-986-4100 or by visiting the Merriott website.