Ranked one of Chicago’s Top-10 Nine Hole Golf Courses, Flagg Creek Golf Course is a nine-hole, par 33 course featuring bentgrass greens and three sets of tees and is conveniently located near the intersections of I-55 and I-294 in Countryside, Illinois.
In the early 1920’s the Robert Henry family developed the current Flagg Creek Gold Course property into an 18 hole golf course named Maple Crest. But in the mid 50’s the Illinois Toll Road Authority began construction on the Tri State Tollway reducing the size of the golf course down to just twelve holes — the only 12 hole golf course in the Chicagoland area. The late 80’s brought more changes to the area and there was a push by developers to purchase the golf course and convert it to a condominium/retail development. With community pushback, the property was purchased by the Pleasant Dale Park District and the City of Countryside.
Designer Greg Martin plowed under all of Maple Crest’s 12 holes and came up with new 9 hole layout that opened on July 2, 1993. Martin’s design philosophy for the new Flagg Creek was a course that is suitable for players of all levels. There are no forced carries to scare juniors, women and seniors, but there are risks that the low handicapper can take. The course has four par-4s including the 403 yard ninth, four par-3s and the fifth hole a tricky 466 yard par-5.
Flagg Creek’s clubhouse includes the pro hop, and bar and grill, which is open daily throughout the golf season and with limited hours during off-season; the walk-out deck affords relaxed outdoor dining. For practice opportunities, Flagg Creek offers an 8,500 square foot putting green and its driving range contains 25 lighted hitting bays with extended hours until 10pm; additionally, Flagg Creek offers 2 short game environments with sand bunkers.