You know those teen movies where the unpopular, homely high schooler takes off her glasses, lets her hair down, and gets a makeover, revealing the beautiful person we knew she could be? That's basically the story of Lost Marsh. One of the most ambitious land reclamation projects ever attempted in the midwest led to this beautiful golf course. The Lost Marsh makeover required over $30 million to turn the slag pit of leftover industrial waste on the property into the captivating track it became in the early 2000s. And the clubhouse, which wasn't built until years later, is a triumph and easily one of the nicest in the entire Chicagoland area.
Lost Marsh has two separate golf courses. The primary attraction is the challenging 18 hole championship course that meanders through the marshes of Lake George. With a course rating of 73.4 from the back tees, golfers must maintain vigilance throughout a round filled with intrigue. Course length isn't Lost Marsh's primary defense, as it only measures 6,766 yards. Instead, the watery landscape provides ample opportunity for miscues, especially on the front 9. Hills and mounds are everywhere here and add character to the round on this well-groomed course. The greens are in great shape but are tricky. This is an awesome golf course that will test you.
The other course here is a short 9 hole course that serves as the youth academy at Lost Marsh. This course opened in 2000, several years before the 18 hole course did. There is also a driving range with grass tees, and multiple, large practice greens to tune your short game.
Lost Marsh's clubhouse is huge and one of the nicest in the entire Chicagoland area. Opened in 2009, it is home to the Emerald Green restaurant, a banquet hall/event space, a well-appointed pro shop, and more. The pro shop has a good selection of merch to choose from. Really looking forward to coming back here.