Cantigny Golf

27W270 Mack Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189
Pricing: $101 - $150
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Cantigny is 30 miles west of downtown Chicago in Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Roger Packard designed the layout with the three nines, Lakeside, Woodside, and Hillside on a roomy tract of land without homes or development along the layout.

It's a parkland setting with rolling hills, lakes, and forests, with classic design features and challenges throughout. The course has been host to the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links, the 1998 and 2002 Illinois Amateur Championship and a number USGA qualifiers. There's water in play on a number of holes, along with a good mix of tight driving holes, and those which are more open off the tee, with the occasional doglegs. There's four sets of tees overall, Hillside is shortest at 3,394 yards, Lakeside, 3,437 yards, Woodside, 3,567 yards. Course/Slope ratings from the tips, Woodside/Lakeside:74.2/140; Lakeside/Hillside:72.8/136; Woodside/Hillside:73.8/139.

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Posted by: efarrior

Jul 12th, 2012

we don't play Cantigny very often due to the usual high cost, but were able to score a $60 rate on late afternoon this week, and found it to be an overall superb experience. Played the Woodlands to Lakeside nines, conditioning was excellent, the routing very intersting and never boring, some where you can The greens were in great shape, and the ball rolled smooth and true. Full practice area off grass tees with a short game area, a couple of putting greens, everything you need.

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Posted by: McGregor

Jul 5th, 2010

Much to my surprise the entire course was very fast and very firm. I was getting a minimum of 20+ yards of carry on drives, which for me is about 21 more than normal. The greens were in superb shape rolling very fast(at least 1 on the stimp faster than Ravisloe) and were hard as all get out. Excellent conditioning all around, private club feel, one of the best in Chicago.

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Posted by: dannyp

Jun 18th, 2009

Cantigny golf course review by Dan Perry Cantigny Golf is a 27 hole facility in Wheaton, Illinois. It’s hosted a number of events, most recently the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links. As you drive the long driveway to the clubhouse, you’ll notice the flowers on this facility are abundant. You’ll see them on both sides of the drive, and regardless of which month you play here, something will be in season. It’s really impressive.As you approach the clubhouse, and drop your clubs at the bag-drop, you also may notice some young people walking around with caddy bibs on. Cantigny is known for their youth caddy program, and I strongly encourage you to utilize them when possible. It really is a great program.There are three distinct nines here; Woodside, Lakeside and Hillside. If you’re only playing 18 holes, I’d suggest the Woodside and Lakeside. The Hillside has enough challenges of its own, but the Woodside-Lakeside combo just can’t be beat.Starting with the Woodside nine, the first three holes are probably three of the toughest holes of the entire complex. If you walk away from here at par or only 1 or 2 over, you’ve accomplished something. The first hole requires a well-struck tee shot (no “practice” holes here), that must either carry the bunkers on the right, or be placed correctly down the left, but not placed too far, as to enter the sand. The second is a 521 yard par 5, but don’t even think of going for it in two. Remember, a par here feels like a birdie, and a bogey feels like a par. The green looks a little hidden, even from 120 yards. Be precise with your approach. The third is a 200+ yard par three, and the pin is barely viewable from the tee. There is a little bail short and left, but not much. The fifth is a par 4 with a lot of water on the right, and from the tee, it’s difficult to see just how far it juts out in the fairway. The seventh on the Woodside nine is a par 5 that is probably not reachable to most (522, with an uphill tee shot). The eighth is an all-carry par 3, to a double green. The shot is above average, but the view is pretty impressive in itself. All three nines finish at the clubhouse, and as you drive underneath it, you’ll find a fully-stocked (and fully-staffed) snack bar, with restrooms right inside the door. The Lakeside nine begins with a reasonable par 4 (388 yards), with a downhill tee shot, and uphill approach. The second hole is one of my favorite par 5’s on the course. The fairway is pretty thin throughout the entire hole, making accuracy important on every shot. If all goes well, your third is uphill to the green, and the flag may be viewable. The green has some serious undulation (think elephant burial ground), so be sure you’re on the correct level. The fourth is a wonderful, 176 yard par three, with trouble everywhere (seems to be a running theme for the par 3’s.) The ninth is one of the tougher par 4’s on the course, with the tee shot being exceptionally tough. One of the claims to fame’s of Cantigny is the Dick Tracy bunker, located here. The Hillside nine starts with a par 4 where the green isn’t viewable from the tee. It’s to the right, so if you play a fade, aim for the right edge of the bunkers on the left side and let it fly. The third is a 358 yard par 4, with some significant bunkering bordering the fairway and green. The sixth has (what seems to be) the fattest fairway on the course, so let it rip. Water surrounds this green, but it’s wide enough that it shouldn’t come into play. The seventh is a long par 5, with a raised fairway up the right side. The tee shot on nine is critical; do not hit it to far or you’re wet. It’s a dogleg left, so feel free to hug the trees on the left side. If you have only have one opportunity to play 18 holes of golf at Cantigny, play the Woodside – Lakeside combination. It’s the set that they played the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links on, and provides not only the most challenging holes, but the most scenic as well. The Hillside nine is no slouch, so if you can’t book the Woodside – Lakeside, don’t be disappointed.

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