COG HILL GOLF CLUB (630-257-5872)
Chicago Golf Course Review
Dubsdread Course (Course # 4)
Cog Hill Dubsdread - former home to the PGA Tour's Western Open
The Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill has played host to 9 Western Opens up to the year 2007. The Dubsdread Course presents one of the most viable opportunities for the golfing
public to play on a PGA Tour Championship course.
The spacious clubhouse features men's and women's locker rooms (the men's has 195 lockers, 6 private shower stalls and a shoe cleaning station) Dubs Pub Lounge (great
atmosphere) and an expansive restaurant and patio serving breakfast, lunch and some dinners. Separate, fully stocked pro shops service courses 1 and 3 plus 2 and 4 and are
furnished with the latest in golf clubs, shoes, attire and accessories. Cog Hill courses # 1, 2, and 3 are moderately priced layouts - and afford visitors an opportunity, as a guest, to
experience all the Cog Hill amenities that the pros are accustomed to.
The practice facilities at Cog Hill include a secluded range and short game area for chipping and bunker practice. Expansive putting greens are located at three separate
locations on property. Sensitive to the issue of the development of junior golfers, Cog Hill is developing a 3-hole layout and practice facility designed specifically for use by junior
aged golfers. Staff and workers at Cog Hill are unpretentious - willing to assist the average person and provide nearly the same service that is afforded players on the tour. On my
visit in mid April there was a two hour frost delay - and staff members scrambled to help all golfers fall in line with adjusted tee times on the various courses. Top service is one of
the prime reasons Cog Hill assures a good time to as many as 1200 golfers a day during prime season - as well as hosting a myriad of receptions, banquets, golf outings,
meetings and special events. Over 400 people are employed at the Club during peak season! The success of Cog Hill as a major player in the golfing industry is largely related to
the perseverance and dedication of its owner, Joe Jemsek - who began his career as a caddie and worker on the original courses here in almost every capacity - truly an original
American success story!
The courses at Cog Hill are sufficiently marked with small color coded flags as yardage indicators - red for 100, white for 150 and blue for 200 yards away. Softball size whiffle
balls are used on the flag sticks to suggest front, middle and back pin placements, and the tee areas are marked with GAM's. The huge putting surfaces on the Dubsdread
Course are quick and sloped or ridged, but not overly undulating. Sufficient flat areas are present on most greens, making long putts possible to make. These are the types of
putting surface pros (and all players) love - hit a nice approach and you are rewarded with make-able putts. Fairway bunkers are strategically located on many of the par fours and
fives. In fact, at least a half dozen holes have bunkers on both sides, in prime locations designed to catch errant tee shots.
The opening hole is a fair one, but be sure to pay attention to the pin placement, as the putting surface is huge. A crowned green with bunkers on both sides provides a challenge
on two, but the third is the first really tough hole. Distance is needed off the tee and an uphill approach must find the correct portion of a ridged putting surface, that slopes back to
front. Willow tress and strategically placed bunkers guard the fairway on four. The green is elevated and also surrounded by sand traps. More fairway and greenside bunkers
challenge on five, and length off the tee is demanded on number six. A shot over the right edge of the fairway traps will leave the best angle for an approach to an elevated green
on seven. The eighth plays back downhill with willows squeezing the fairway. Beware of the hidden water hazard to the right. The uphill approach plays into the prevailing wind and
requires 1 to 1 1/2 clubs extra. Number nine is the first really tight hole with trees on both sides. It also plays long due to its uphill nature.
The back side opens with what is one of the only holes not affected by fairway bunkers - but the green is surrounded. Distance is required off the tee on 11 - you must be past the
150 yardage marker in order to have a good look at the elevated green. Accuracy is necessary on the par three 12th, which is protected by a triad of sand bunkers. Thirteen is one
of the more interesting holes on the course. There is plenty of room along the fairway, but the approach tightens with a grass wall fronting the green, and bunkers on both sides.
The putting surface on 14 is surrounded by sand and a deceptive ridge causes putts to break quickly from right to left. The green looks relatively flat - until you get a closer look.
Numbers 15 and 16 are unique to the layout as deep ravines full of trouble must be navigated. Land on the fairway and 15 is very scoreable - if you land on the correct portion of
the putting surface, which slopes back to front and right to left. Sixteen doglegs left and is tough to cut due to a fairway that slopes suddenly towards a natural area. Anything hit left
is in trouble. The 17th bends back in the opposite direction, but the left side of the fairway is the place to be for an easy approach. The 18th plays straight away with a pond left of
the green affecting the approach. It is a very reasonable, and beautiful closing hole.
Located just SW of Chicago along highway 171, Cog Hill is easy to get to from any of the major freeways. Take 83 south to 171 and follow it to the clubhouse. The practice range
is visible off the road and precedes the club entrance. Come early to practice and stay around afterwards for a drink or meal. This is a great environment for golf - and one that all
levels of golfers can appreciate. Highly recommended.
Since the Ress Jones renovation, the Dubsdread course has 5 tees (6 tees on some holes)that provide an ample choice for all levels of players. Here are the courses yardages,
slopes and course ratings
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