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 South Course has a lot more water in play than the North Course, due to encroachment by Tinley Creek. That being said, at 6,337 yards, it’s about 200 yards shorter than the North. Par is 70 and the course rating is 70.4. Like its sibling, large, mature trees line most fairways, making it a shotmakers track.
There’s four par-5’s on the course, and three of them are over 540 yards from the back tees. In fact the very first hole on the South Course is the longest and hardest, at 574 yards, requiring a shot over Tinley Creek while trying to avoid five fairway bunkers. Did I hear someone say breakfast ball? The final hole on the front is a 236-yard par-3 over water. Steel yourself.