The Takeaway: Skokie feels much more natural and secluded than it should for being located inside a Chicago housing suburb. The course is solid from start to finish with well conceived holes highlighted by excellent bunkering, a meandering creek, and some of the best green complexes around. Grade B+
Designer: Donald Ross in 1914 (Original layout by Tom Bendelow in 1904; remodel by William Langford in 1938)
Phone Number: (847) 835-0600
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Skokie Country Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 500 Washington Ave, Glencoe, Illinois 60022 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: Skokie is a historic gem for the Chicago area and a total surprise of how natural it looks and feels for being located in a 100 year old neighborhood. The firm and fast conditions combined with the natural looking roots can be attributed to Ron Prichard's work which spanned many years but started in 1999 and the bulk of which is credited to 2008. The green complexes were expanded to restore Donald Ross and William Langford's original work and the result is some of the finest putting surfaces and surrounding bunkers you'll come across in the Midwest. The interior contours of the greens is what will set an impression on most players and makes the course a special experience. While many architects have worked on Skokie, the course today consists of one Tom Bendelow hole, ten Donald Ross holes, and seven from William Langford. The clubhouse sits at the high point of the property which provides downhill tee shots to the parallel running 1st and 10th holes as they descend westerly in the opposite direction to the 18th and 8th that run uphill above and below those openers respectively. The remaining holes play on mostly flat terrain that is kept interesting through the excellent placement and dimension of the bunkers paired with water features that come into play on five of the holes; most notably with the creek that meanders between the parallel running par fives found at the 3rd and 11th. With three par 3s spaced out on the front nine, Skokie plays to a par 71 which is one more than the par 70 the course played to in 1922 when Gene Sarazen ousted Bobby Jones by a single stroke to win the U.S. Open. If you are looking for variety, it is tough to find much better than what Skokie offers. Golfers never play the same par back to back until reaching the par four 14th and 15th holes. The different directions the holes run is ideal for handling wind from any direction which add interest and playability over the long haul Whether you choose to walk this nicely routed course or take a cart, a caddie will accompany guests throughout their round. Ultimately, Skokie stands as a Midwest treasure with elite level green complexes, a dose of history, and a routing that features great variety.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 8th Hole – 432 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 12th Hole – 228 Yards –
Best Par 4: 17th Hole – 454 Yards –
Best Par 5: 3rd Hole – 568 Yards –
Birdie Time: 15th Hole – 348 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 16th Hole – 250 Yard Par 3 –