Mt. Prospect Golf Club Overview
Mt. Prospect Golf Club is coming up on its 100th anniversary, but the course doesn’t show its age. In fact, the club completed a $9 million renovation in 2015 to restore the course to its 1920’s era roots. It features classic hole and green concepts rarely seen in public muni’s, let alone collectively all at one course.
The golf course here is a beautiful throwback. Mt. Prospect touts the 2015 renovation in a “style consistent with one of the most famous Golden Age architects, Seth Raynor.” As such, the track really leans into old-school architecture. Various holes incorporate classic notions such as a Redan, Punchbowl, and Eden design. And the par-3 16th hole even has a Biarritz green, rarely seen in modern public courses. Many of the holes are modeled after famous holes from other legendary courses like the Old Course, Muirfield, and Riviera. The long, narrow, winding bunkers are reminiscent of those at fabled Chicago Golf Club.
Par is 70 here, and at 6,305 yards from the back tees, the course isn’t immense. However, Mt. Prospect maximizes the space it has with the above mentioned classic features and thoughtful use of space. The redesign in 2015 updated routing and improved playability. The carts have GPS built in. And the squared-off tee boxes are a great touch.
Practice facilities are not an afterthought at Mt. Prospect. A 300+ yard driving range is coupled with a dedicated short game practice area for pitches and chips, along with bunkers. Two additional putting greens surround a snack shed near the clubhouse. The clubhouse itself is large and stately, with a restaurant and decent sized pro shop.