444 Eagle Ridge Dr., Galena
With 63 holes spread over four different courses, Eagle Ridge Inn & Spa has something for every golfer.
The par 34, 2,648-yard, East Course is a nine-hole course that places a premium on accuracy off the tee with tight landing areas. If you can keep it in play, you will have the ability to shoot some low numbers. There are three different par threes with only one par five. Its size and length make it a great course to play after a morning 18 or to just tighten up your short game play.
The par 72, 6,762-yard, South Course will put your driving accuracy
to the test. The course is
cut out of a heavily wooded valley and has numerous tight landing areas. There is a creek that comes into play on 11
of the 18 holes. In 1996, the course was
voted one of the top 75 upscale courses in the
country. The South may be shorter than the other 18-hole courses on site, but it is still considered the most difficult.
Opening in 1977, the Par 72, 6,875-yard North Course is the oldest, and most-storied course at Eagle Ridge. It features elevated tees, great views, undulating greens and a driving range.
The General, the crown jewel of Eagle Ridge, is a 6,820-yard, par 72 designed by Roger Packard and two-time United States Open champion Andy North. When it opened in 1997, it was voted one of the top 10 golf courses to open in the country. The course features many elevated tees, undulating greens and tremendous views. All of the fairways are bent grass and the course sits atop the Galena Territory.
Galena Golf Club
11557 US 20 W., Galena
815-777-3599 • galenagolf. webs.com
The Galena Golf Club is a true test of golf. The par 71, 6,623-yard layout includes two distinctly different nines.
The front nine, built in 1927 and recently remodeled, is a par 35 that is more compact, and puts more emphasis on scoring with the ability to shoot low numbers.
The back nine, built in the mid-1990s, is over 500 yards longer and puts a lot of emphasis on being able to keep the ball in play. Avoiding big scores and taking your pars and bogeys are the best way to play this side. Big numbers are very possible.
3500 E. Center Rd., Stockton
815-858-3939 • woodbinebend.com
For a true variety of holes packed into one course, visit the Woodbine Bend Championship Golf Course. The 18-hole, 6,755-yard, par 72 course was designed by Robert M. Lohmann from the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and opened in 2002. Moguls, long grasses, and pot bunkers challenge golfers of every skill level. The links-style course is more open when compared to other courses in the area, with trees lining some fairways, but
not posing much trouble. Instead, moguls thick with tall fescue dot the course, and both sand and grass bunkers force you to be precise. Water comes into play on eight holes.
Apple Canyon Lake
14A200 E. Apple Canyon Rd., Apple River
815-492-2477 • applecanyonlake.org
Apple Canyon Lake is the ideal nine-hole course for land lovers. Built in 1972, this challenging, 3,280-yard par 72, has only one water hazard, but rolling hills, tree-lined fairways, bunkers and small greens challenge every aspect of your game. The course winds through the hills and canyons of Apple Canyon Lake, providing a view while you play. If nine holes aren’t enough, different sets of tees allow for an 18-hole experience.
Lacoma Golf Club
8080 Timmerman Dr., East Dubuque
815-747-3874 • lacomagolf.com
Located in the wooded hills of the Mississippi River valley only five minutes from downtown Dubuque, Iowa and 15 minutes from historic Galena, Illinois, Lacoma Golf Club is golf headquarters in the tri-state area.
With two regulation 18 hole golf courses and a par three course, Lacoma offers a challenge to golfers of all skill levels.
The 6,800 yard, par 71 Blue Course provides a good test of golf for experienced players. The wooded and hilly Gold Course is a picturesque and challenging nine hole experience. The original nine hole Red Course is a more forgiving test of golf and is perfect for families and
those learning the game.
Additional golf amenities include a fully stocked pro shop, PGA Golf Professional instruction, banquet facilities for golf outings of any size and a full bar with a variety of food options.
3501 S. Golf Rd., Stockton
815-947-3011 • blackhawkrun.com
Blackhawk Run features some of the most diverse golf packed into a single course in the area. The 18-hole, 6,478-yard, par 72 course features elevated greens and wide-open fairways.
Trees are less of a factor here than with some other area courses, but most of the fairways are still lined with foliage, keeping you honest. A creek dissects four holes, a lake splits another and sand traps protect most greens, providing a variety of challenges.
2124 W. Storybrook Rd., Hanover
815-591-2210 • storybrook.com
If you love the challenge and the risk that comes with water hazards, Storybrook Country Club may be the course for you.
The 6,194 yard, par 72, 18-hole course has water on each of its front-nine holes, as well as most of the back nine. Rolling fairways and guarded greens also increase difficulty on a course flush with beautiful views of Jo Daviess County.
With a challenging course, coupled with breathtaking scenery, Storybrook Country Club is sure to provide you with the ultimate golfing experience.