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is an 18-hole golf course. It is located at the Onwentsia Club facility in Lake Forest
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, and lies in Lake County
Lake County is a county in the northeastern corner of the state of Illinois, on the shore of Lake Michigan. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 703,462, which is an increase of 9.2% from 644,356 in 2000. Its county seat is Waukegan. The county is part of the Chicago metropolitan area...
The course features 6,645 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course has a rating is 71.9 and it has a slope rating of 127 on Chicago (Bent) grass.
The course was designed by James Foulis
James Foulis was a Scottish professional golfer who won the second U.S. Open.Foulis was born in the "Home of Golf", St Andrews in Scotland. His father was foreman at Old Tom Morris's golf shop and clubmaking business, and Foulis spent some time working at the shop...
and redesigned by Tom Doak
Tom Doak is a golf course architect. He currently has 4 courses ranked among the top 100 in the world according to Golf Magazines "Top 100 Courses in the World" list, including Pacific Dunes in Oregon, Ballyneal in Colorado , Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania and Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand...
. The course opened in 1895. Onwentsia hosted the US Open Golf Championship in 1906 won by Alex Smith.
Neil Smith manages the course as the General Manager.
The club has panoramic views of the property at almost all points, and the Doak redesign keeps the integrity of some holes intact. The fescue and multi tiered putting surfaces compensate for length on this gem. This course is an excellent walk for the professional or amateur alike.