Private Golf Courses


At first glance, its flat fairways seem harmless, but on the tee, golfers notice a tight tree line and a number of hazards. With a substantial amount of strategically placed water hazards and bunkers, this course obligates you to hit the driver long and straight on the lengthy course. Kemper Lakes is the site of several major championships, and this private course has a proven track record of being a challenge to all.

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Tight fairways with overhanging trees make getting off the tee vital to scoring well on this challenging Donald Ross course. Rolling fairways result in uneven lies for approach shots to small, very quick greens. Guarded by a number of bunkers, greens can mean trouble. With the majority of greens sloping away, stopping the ball on the green can prove to be a task.

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Measuring over 7300 yards from the tips, this immaculate course is long and demanding. Avoiding the creek that winds through the course is the first step toward a good round. Although it's a fairly flat course, firm, fast greens will test you. With a number of bunkers scattered about, trouble can be found just about everywhere. Butler National is the former site of the PGA Tour's Western Open, and the exclusive course can challenge the best.

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This outstanding course has a wide-open layout resembling old links-style courses. Fairways are lined by a wispy rough that hinders approach shots and makes scoring even more difficult. In addition, a number of bunkers line fairways and guard greens, making shot accuracy a valued skill at this exclusive course.

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Occupying the grounds of an old dairy farm, this relatively young Fazio course has already hosted several significant amateur championships. Scattered trouble spots and a number of hazards make Conway Farms quite a challenge, and walking is required on the extremely exclusive course.

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Sporting an impressive resume that includes 12 major championships, this course is in a league all its own. Brutally long, it features narrow fairways with rather large but extremely fast greens. Undulating terrain and a number of water hazards require accurate shot placement.

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This beautiful course, built on rolling terrain, features wide fairways and large greens. Thick prairie grass and wildflower-covered hills border immaculate fairways. Accurate club selection is important to avoid long, difficult putts on speedy greens. In addition, a variety of hazards makes dangerous shots possible.

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Though typically overshadowed by some of the area's more well-noted courses, this demanding course packs a punch. Winding through a densely wooded area, most of this course demands accuracy off the tee and caution on approach shots. Greens are typically firm, increasing the difficulty of stopping approach shots near the hole. With a number of large bunkers, the course demands an impressive short game to help salvage a good round.

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While fairness can be found in the width of these fairways, the rough will prove to be severe for errant shots. Large, gaping bunkers that are difficult to play out of surround several fairways and most of the greens. The open nature of this course increases the difficulty level on windy days. Only carefully placed approach shots will leave you a good chance to score on the small, gently sloping greens of this private course.

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Lake Bluff

The challenges faced on this demanding course are unlike any others in the area. Golfers of all skill levels are tested when having to play shots alongside and across the treacherous hazards, which include gullies and ravines slicing through the terrain. Narrow fairways lead into over-sized greens that are exceptionally speedy. A significant number of bunkers protect the greens, adding to the overall challenge.

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