Silver Lake Country Club Overview
45 holes of golf await the patrons of Silver Lake Country Club, a historic club owned by a legendary Chicagoland golf family. The property consists of two 18-hole courses (the North & South), plus a short 9-hole course called Rolling Hills. The Coghill family, which built the eponymous Cog Hill in 1927, later went on to purchase Euclid Hills CC (which was built by Freemasons in the late 1920s, and is now the North Course) and Silver Lake CC (now the South Course), combined them under one umbrella, and added Rolling Hills in 1963. More recently, the family announced they were selling the property in 2021, which caused consternation in a community wary of overdevelopment. However, the Coghills subsequently canceled the sale, saying the business was much healthier towards the tail end of the pandemic.
The club is big on events, banquets, and weddings, and has a full restaurant. The pro shop here is solid, with tons of gear to browse. Likewise, the practice facility is robust. The driving range is just west of the parking lot, and measures about 260 yards, with a tall fence at the end to keep big hitters like you from sending ordnance all over the property. I counted three practice greens to tune your short game.
The North Course is the tougher of the two championship courses at Silver Lake. Par is 71, and it measures 6,550 yards from the back tees, with a course rating of 71.5. Mature trees line almost every fairway here; precision off the tee is paramount to score well. On the upside, there’s less water on the North than the South Course, which might help save some golf balls.
There’s three par-5’s on the North, the longest of which is the 528 yard 3rd hole. In fact it’s the only par-5 over 500 yards on this track. But in keeping with character here, the fairway is tight, and righties must avoid slicing a shot OB onto 88th Ave or hooking it onto the parallel fairway of the 2nd hole. All part of the drama of a day at Silver Lake.