The Crystal Lake Country Club Golf Course is one of the best kept secrets in the Chicagoland area. Its tree-lined fairways and small, undulating greens make for a challenging round for every caliber player.
Course: Rating 73.2 / Slope 134
Total: 6440 Yards, Par 7
Handicap Men: 3 Women: 3
Dogleg left Par 5 calls for the longer hitter to skirt the large trees on the left and for the shorter hitters to play smart to avoid the deep bunker at the corner of the dogleg. Lay-up shots need to avoid the bunkers on the left. Large, receptive green has a false front.
Handicap Men: 15 Women: 17
Accuracy is a premium on this hole so check the wind and your club selection. Short is the only miss that can offer an easy up & down for par. The rear of the green slopes significantly from the back to front.
Handicap Men: 7 Women: 11
A dangerous tee shot opens this hole. OB and bunkers are on the left while trees line the length of the right side. Both left and long of the green have OB lurking. A small, raised green requires accuracy on the approach.
Handicap Men: 5 Women: 5
A straightforward, long par 4. #4 often plays one less club on the approach as the fairway in front of the green is slightly lower and all shots that land short will jump and roll forward. Approaches left short leave a difficult chip to a green that slopes back to front.
Handicap Men: 17 Women: 15
After avoiding the water & bunkers short & left, pay attention to the pin placement. There is a ridge across the middle of a large kidney-shaped green. You must be on the correct half or a three putt is probable.
Handicap Men: 1 Women: 1
Don't let the short yardage fool you, this hole can bite. After negotiating the water off the tee, a drive in the fairway is a must. Beware of laying up too close to the water on the approach as the fairway slopes into the pond. A large receptive green will hold long irons and allow eagle attempts.
Handicap Men: 9 Women: 9
A dogleg right par 4 with the second shot slightly downhill. This undulating green is framed by large pine trees.
Handicap Men: 11 Women: 7
An uphill tee shot makes this hole play even longer. The longest hitters often toy with the fairway bunker to have the best angle to approach this large green that slopes back to front. Missing the green to the left will definitely add strokes to your score while a pitch from the right can be an easy up & down.
Handicap Men: 13 Women: 13
A difficult par 3 that is slightly downhill to an extremely sloped green. Stay below the hole at all costs to avoid a bogey or worse.
Handicap Men: 14 Women: 14
Driver is often not the play for the longer hitter as the bunker on the right is reachable. Most players position their ball with a hybrid or fairway wood. Short approach to a well-protected green should yield birdie chances. This small green is sloped severely back to front.
Handicap Men: 18 Women: 16
The shortest par 3 on the course has some teeth! This raised green is not only very contoured, but also surrounded by deep bunkers. Keep the ball below the hole and you will have a run at birdie.
Handicap Men: 12 Women: 12
Choose a club off the tee that avoids the bunkers. The fairway narrows as it approaches the green so choose wisely. Approaches from the fairway can get close on this receptive green. Shots that finish near the center of the green will offer a makeable putt with almost any hole location.
Handicap Men: 10 Women: 10
Long dogleg right par 4 rewards the big hitters. Carry the tee shot on top of the hill to have a wide open approach to the green. Use caution though because the bunkers to the left make bogey eminent. The opening to the green is narrow with bunkers on both sides.
Handicap Men: 2 Women: 4
The longest hole on the course calls for a drive in the fairway. The bunkers come into play for the big hitters. A second shot that clears will catch the slope and roll to a short-iron approach to a very deep green. Choose the correct club and watch the wind or you could have a long putt.
Handicap Men: 4 Women: 2
This par 5 offers some room off the tee. However, the hole quickly narrows for the second shot. Depending on how close you want your approach, the second shot sets up for a real risk-reward. Lay-up to 120 yards and you will avoid trouble with the bunkers. The green is well protected and slopes severely from back to front.
Handicap Men: 6 Women: 6
A fairly wide-open tee shot allows you to rip it off the tee. Getting your approach on the green is a plus here as the green has three distinct sections. This par 4 is regarded as one of the toughest on the course mainly because of length and slopes of the green.
Handicap Men: 16 Women: 18
Don't think about pin seeking here, just hit the green. A ridge bisects the green from the front right to the back left creating difficult pin positions. Hit it to the correct half of the green and be rewarded.
Handicap Men: 8 Women: 8
A difficult finishing hole where par is earned. OB is left and a thick stand of pine trees put a premium on a tee shot in the fairway. With water lurking short and right on the approach, players are often "bailing out" to the front left portion of the green.