The 18th hole at Elgin’s Bowes Creek Country Club serves as an ideal conclusion for course designer Rick Jacobson’s creation in the rural area west of Randall Road.
The Elgin Parks and Recreation Department course that opened five years ago is one that can play to varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, and each hole presents the player with numerous options for shot making in a symphony of target golf.
So the 18th perfectly summarizes what players have just experienced through 17 holes with yet one more series of choices.
Standing on the elevated 18th tee and looking out over the fairway, the player faces several obstacles on this par-4 hole that can play from 435 yards to 316.
“If they are big hitters, they can try to play over the bunker in the middle of the fairway or left of it, take the high side,” Elgin golf director Mike Lehman said. “The fairway slopes off to the right, so that can be a problem if you play it to the low side.”
That’s because it slopes down into a pond to the right of the fairway.
Depending on the tee shot, it can leave a middle to short iron for the second shot to a large green.
“The green has a big collection bin to the right side where a shot can end up, and we have a lot of different locations on the green where we can make it a completely different hole,” Lehman said. “It can be really difficult if it’s on the far left-hand side behind the bunkers.”
Jacobson uses fescue grasses crowning the bunkers on many holes at Bowes Creek, much like Pete Dye used at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. The 18th, however, is more free of this obstacle than many other holes.
“You could easily pick No. 12, No. 11 as the signature hole on the course, or any other, really,” Lehman said. “It’s tough to choose one when every hole is good.”
Gene ChamberlainTags: golf
BOWES CREEK COUNTRY CLUB
1250 Bowes Creek Boulevard, Elgin, IL, 60124
To reserve a tee time: 847-214-5880
Director of golf: Mike Lehman