This Columbus Day marked a special time in the golf life of yours truly as I and Mrs. Chicago Duffer played Dubsdread at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club for the first time. While it was a humbling experience for the both of us, it was also my first chance to play a course I've idolized since childhood.
It's difficult to write anything that hasn't already been written about Dubsdread, considering the number of PGA Tour tournaments that have been held at the course. As you can tell by the photo gallery, we had picture-perfect weather the entire round. We all remember the numerous Western Opens and BMW Championships held at Cog Hill over the years, but to experience its difficulty firsthand proves why Dubsdread is ranked No. 1 in Illinois.
While the greens had just been aerated a week prior, they still rolled quicker than anything I usually play on the weekend. My golf game has struggled over the past month, which made many of the holes even more difficult than advertised. Just how difficult? Cog Hill's No. 4 course plays to a 75 rating and 144 slope from the second-to-last tees.
Shooting 93 on a "normal" course is definitely a big number for me, but not here. Cog Hill Golf and Country Club features four courses that will test your game, especially The Ravines and Dubsdread courses. The latter is without a doubt the most difficult course I've ever played in my life, and I enjoyed every second of it.
My favorite hole on the course had to be the par-3 No. 14 hole due to its visual appeal and difficulty. A huge amphitheater setting rests behind the green so I can only imagine what Tour players were faced with during tournament rounds. There isn't a single par-3 under 190 yards from the gold tees, and this monster came in over 200 yards. It did yield one of my few pars on the day, but that was only after one of my best tee shots of the round.
Many thanks to Joe Jemsek for inviting us out to experience a truly brilliant golf experience that both my wife and I will remember for years to come.