Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course in Zion provides a familiar, yet strangely unique experience for Chicago golf fans. This 18-hole facility features rolling hills, rolling greens and lots of native grasses to force accuracy off the tee. Play it too safe, however, and your chances of hitting these often hidden greens is minimal.
With many of the holes bordering a nearby farm and tree-lined sanctuary, Shepherd’s Crook offers views more reminiscent of the North Woods of Wisconsin than traditional Chicago golf courses. Despite the hazards and undulating greens, Shepherd’s Crook is usually fair to well struck golf shots. However, there are certain greens that are not at all receptive to hot approach shots, so long, straight drives are imperative. If you’re hitting hybrids into these greens, you could be in for a challenging day.