One of Chicago Golf’s most well known courses was honored recently by Golf Digest in its November issue while being listed as one of the most important courses that have had the biggest impact upon the game. Cog Hill’s Dubsdread received recognition among the top-10 list of courses in the 1960s.
The Dick Wilson and Joe Lee designed golf course has been nationally ranked since it opened in 1964. A natural style championship golf course, Dubsdread’s layout places a demand on shot making with tight landing areas combined with heavily bunkered, large undulating greens. The par-72, 7600 yard course underwent a comprehensive renovation in 2008 by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. The routing remained the same, but every hole underwent renovation from tee to green to restore the original design integrity and overall character inherent in the work of Wilson and Lee.
“My father always wanted to provide a private golf experience to the golfing public,” said Frank Jemsek, CEO and Owner, Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. “He wanted to offer a golf course to rival the top country clubs in Chicago and one day host a U.S. Open or PGA Championship. He asked Dick Wilson and Joe Lee to build it and when Dubsdread opened in 1964, it was the nation’s only true championship-quality course for public golfers, raising the standard for public golf in the country.”
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