By Scott Taylor
Adding to the list of links courses we have played this year is The Glen Blub in Glenview.
After taking nearly two hours to get there early in the morning, the course was worth the stop-and-go traffic.
The course offers a unique start with a par-5 out of the gate. It is a long par-5, which plays 495 yards from the third set of tees, the Silver, and 559 from the Gold. There is a hazard you can drive into as well with a bad drive to start your round.
The second hole is a dogleg left par-4 that has a big fairway, but gets tighter around the green. That is followed by the third hole, which bends right. A duck hook can find the water, while a dead straight drive can land you in the fairway bunker through the fairway.
A short, downhill par-3 follows. It seems simple as it features a large green as well, but a poor shot can land in a bunker or native grass.
The fifth hole was one of my favorite: A dogleg left par-5 around water. I decided to bail out right on my second shot and hit it out of play rather than laying up. It is tough to reach in two unless you can hook it in to the green.
A dogleg right par four is followed by a brutal par-4 seventh hole, which plays at well over 400 yards. The hole is more open than the previous one, but the length of it demands a solid drive to reach in regulation.
My favorite hole was the short par-4 eighth hole. It has a creek all the way down the left side of the hole with a lake by the green. There is a great amount of accuracy needed off the tee to hit a tight fairway. You have to decide how aggressive you are going to be as well as the farther back you are off the tee, the more dangerous the approach shot is. Big bombers could go for the green and bail out right with a miss.
The front nine closes with a straight par-3 and the second nine starts with a second short par-4, which doglegs right. It could be reachable off the tee as well, but you would have to bend it or carry it past a bunker.
The 11th hole is a long par-3 that has water to the left with a trio of bunkers separating the green from the water. A slight dogleg left par-4 follows.
The par-4 13th hole is relatively short with a pond to the right of the green. There is a big slope on the right side of the green as well, so it is important to be on the right side of that slope.
A short par-5 is next, which is reachable in two. Aiming over a bunker on the left of the fairway can put you in go-range as it cuts off distance and rolls downhill. Mark Gregory and I ended up right next to each other, with less than 200 yards to go for our second shots.
The par-4 15th hole is another short hole that doglegs left. If you take driver you have to carry the bunker on the left. The 16th hole is next and it is a much longer par-4 that doglegs right. A long drive can go through the fairway into fescue, making it hard to have a short approach shot.
The 17th hole is another par-3 over water, which plays similar to the 11th hole. A long par-5 wraps up the course as the 18th has a hazard off the tee to the left as well as water to the right by the green.
Midseason rates range from $105 in the morning during the week to $130 and $165 at around noon. A weekend morning tee time costs $190.
The course is listed by multiple publications as one of the best in Chicago and even state and that is an accurate assessment. It is in a prime location for prime golf as well.
The Glen was in great shape with greens that weren’t as fast as many of the others that we have played this year.
This course definitely has more of an exclusive feel to it with the cost and having a member base, so playing here you can expect the course to be in great shape and the pace of play to be at a decent clip. It is hard to imagine many high handicap golfers playing here on a regular basis. Basically, it gives a guest a membership-like feel.