Access to recreational activities can be high on the list of priorities when you look for a new home. If you’re one of the 24 million people in the country who play golf, living in DuPage County puts you near some of the finest golf courses in the Midwest. From historic private clubs to public courses, here’s a round-up of top-rated places to play 9 or 18 holes.
Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton offers a total of 27 holes divided among three courses. The 9-hole Woodside course runs through densely wooded areas, while the 9-hole Lakeside course winds around tranquil lakes. The 9-hole Hillside course is shorter than the other two, but it’s also more challenging. This award-winning golf club has hosted several tournaments from 1996 through 2015, including the Chicago Open, U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, and the Women’s Illinois State Am.
This historic private club is one of the oldest 18-hole golf courses in North America. Founded in 1896, the Chicago Golf Club features an exceptionally well-maintained course that includes several hazards and challenges. Unlike more modern courses, this course has broader fairways and other features more common in turn-of-the-century courses. Past tournaments that have been played on this course include the 1897 U.S. Open, the 1992 Western Junior and the 2005 Walker Cup.
Downers Grove Golf Club features a scenic 9-hole, par 35 course that’s one of the oldest in the nation. In fact, some consider it the oldest course in the United States. Charles Blair MacDonald—regarded as the father of American golf—built the course, originally called the Chicago Golf Club, in 1892. The course, which features bent grass greens and blue grass fairways, is challenging enough for golfers of all skill levels while also providing a chance to play golf in a historic location.
Willow Crest Golf Club, located at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, features a par 70, 18-hole course that includes interesting water challenges and bent grass fairways. The course also has multitiered tees, which allows golfers of all experience levels to test their skills. Golfers can browse for keepsakes and supplies at the club’s PGA award-winning golf shop and enjoy a meal at one of the two on-site restaurants.