Built in 1970, Hilldale Golf Club is located in the northwest suburbs and is known for its challenging layout and highly respected greens. The course is located on a terrific piece of land in Hoffman Estates which was once used by Marshall Field as a hunt club.
Hilldale Golf Club is the only 18-hole course in Northern Illinois designed by world famous golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and is located just twenty minutes west of O’Hare Airport. The course hosted five Western Open qualifiers during its run, which ended in 2006. In 2007, the Western Open was renamed – and changed in terms of invitational criteria – by the BMW Championship, part of the FedEx Cup Playoff Series.
Architect Jones, who also designed Pebble Beach Golf Links, was successful in his intent for Hilldale to provide a challenging test of golf. The 18-hole layout features 13 holes in which water comes into play and offers many elevation changes. The fairways at Hilldale are tight and lined with trees, condominiums and townhouses as well as 80 to 90 sand traps.
Club selection is at a premium as not all the par fours are driver holes. The par four 5th hole is a dogleg right that is 329 yards long from the blue tees. A tee shot on this hole over 250 yards will typically find the rough, so consider taking a shorter club to find the fairway for your second shot.
While the golf course features a number of beautiful holes, the signature hole is the par five second which plays at 550 yards from the back tees. The hole bends around two small water hazards, with the green tucked behind the second hazard. The second hole is definitely a three shot par five, especially considering water and trees are guarding the fairway and green.
Another featured hole is the long par five 11th, which requires a precise drive and approach shot into a very narrow green across a small creek. Golfers are wise to stay clear of the foreboding creek before the green and consider playing an extra club on their approach.
The narrow par four 15th hole plays at just over 300 yards from the back tees. However, it requires a precise tee shot with the driver, so you may consider using a 3-wood to find the fairway. Also, be careful of the sand trap right in front of the green.
The Hilldale Men’s Club has been playing competitive tournament golf at Hilldale Golf Club in Hoffman Estates since the mid 1970’s. Each Sunday morning 60 or so men from the Chicagoland area tee it up between 8:20am and 11:00am in a different tournament format each week. The Hilldale Men’s Club currently includes about 80 players with handicaps ranging from scratch to 30. The club plays every Sunday throughout the season and also features five 2-day events (Saturday & Sunday) each month starting in May.
In addition to a standard clubhouse, Hilldale is one of the few golf courses in the Chicagoland area to offer an authentic sushi bar. Hilldale Golf Club is an excellent value for golfers who are looking for a challenging course that features excellent conditioning.
Learn more about Hilldale Golf Club and the Hilldale Men’s club at the Hilldale Golf Club website.
Hilldale Golf Club
1655 Ardwick Drive