After a major capitol enhancement program, Poplar Creek Country Club is no longer. The popular golf mecca in Hoffman Estates is now known as Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club.
The course has undergone major renovations, with nine holes scheduled to be available around March 26. The remaining nine holes should be open to the public in early June.
The addition of “Bridges” to the club moniker parallels installation of eight wood bridges along the 6,500-yard course. Plaques paying tribute to professional golf legends Bobby Jones, Chick Evans, Samuel Ryder and Babe Zaharias will adorn the bridges with capsules about their significant contributions to the game. They symbolize linkage of the club’s storied past, present and future.
“Golfers who sneak-previewed the course are enamored with the changes,” says Brian Bechtold, General Manager at Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, owned and operated by the Hoffman Estates Park District (HEPD). “And paying homage to some of golf’s the grit-and-grind legends aligns with our municipal facility’s family approach to golf and social activities.”
Fifteen holes underwent renovation, and No. 1 is now No. 10 to add excitement down the stretch. Holes 16, 17 and 18 – now known collectively as “The Final Charge” – are formulated in the shape of a lightning bolt to become a “trifecta of finishing holes among the best in Illinois,” says Bechtold.
The addition of multiple tee boxes gives the course renewed appeal to better golfers seeking added length and new golfers seeking shorter distances. Re-configured fairways and bunkers, the addition of fescue on many holes for depth and definition, and new lakes make for challenging yet fair land-water hazards.
Also new: a 9,100 square-foot putting green and a 3,500 square- foot bentgrass chipping area for a state-of-the-art learning center totaling 8,700 square feet. PGA-certified instruction on a 55-station driving range, plus the addition of a “FlightScope launch monitor” for scientific club fitting, has golfers improving their games.
Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club
Located between Golf and Higgins Roads, east of Barrington Road, just off of Moon Lake Boulevard.