After a fantastic trip to Detroit MI to visit The Henry Ford Museum we drove 4 hours to the Chicago area to finally hit the Cog - specifically No 4 - Dubsdread (a Dubber is not a very good golfer, shorted to Dubs, it was said that they would dread playing this course because it was difficult - not to mention its "hundreds" of bunkers).
Known as the "Patriarch of Public Golf," Joe Jemsek always aspired to provide a country club experience and amenities to all golfers. Joe started as a Caddy, became a Golf Professional but decided he would rather be a Golf Course owner.
No 4 has it's own Pro Shop, but be sure to go into the main clubhouse and get to the pub in the lower level to see historic pictures and memories - Cog Hill opened in 1927 with Course No 1. Cog Hill No 4 (Dubsdread) hosted the Western Open on the PGA Tour, where Tiger Woods won several times. Cog Hill Golf Course is No. 1 on the list of Best Courses You Can Play in Illinois by Golfweek and Top 100 in the U.S. by Golf Magazine, and America's 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest.
Learn more: https://www.coghillgolf.com/golf/history
We had a wonderful round. The Course is in fantastic shape. It was early in the season (April) and with Spring's delay, most of the trees were not bloomed so it will be that much more beautiful in season. Many doglegged holes, gave a lot of character to the course - it was not boring! And if you can't avoid the "hundreds" of bunkers, you'll at least get your share of practice hitting out of sand!
Our Starter Dave was very friendly, enjoying his "retirement" on the golf course. We played the back nine with Mike and Joe - two locals who where a lot of fun and helped to make the round even more enjoyable.
Cog Hill is located in Oak Book, IL