Palatine Hills Golf Course Overview
In the Daily Herald on July 17, 1968, Palatine Hills head golf pro Charlie Bartlett said this about his brand new golf course. “You know, the people of Palatine have something here they can really be proud of. In a few years, these people will have one of the finest courses in the suburbs. But so far, no one knows about us.” Well, over 50 years later, an estimated 1.5 million rounds of golf have been played here, and obviously awareness of the course is no longer an issue. Owned by the Palatine Park District, the track is 6,820 yards of fantastic and challenging golf.
As you pull into the parking lot here, you notice the driving range right away. It’s probably about 200 yards deep, with a tall net at the end to reign in your massive drives, since you’re a big hitter and all. Unfortunately grass tees weren’t available. But on the bright side, Palatine Hills has an excellent short game practice facility called “The Hills.” Unveiled at the 50th anniversary event in 2018, it offers multiple greens, bunkers, and about 100 yards of space to practice all manner of approach shots. You can rent the area with an hourly rate to get dialed in before your round.
The course itself is a real test, with water hazards on over half the holes (rating 72.9 & 130 slope from the back tees). Large mature trees line most fairways, and some of those fairways can be pretty tight. And remember, Hills is in the name. The elevation changes add some spice to the round.