White Deer Run Golf Club Overview
This gem in Vernon Hills has hosted qualifiers for both Web.com (Korn Ferry) events and the USGA Mid Amateur. Built in 1998, White Deer Run was designed by legendary course architect Dick Nugent and his son Tim. The course rambles around a community of homes on streets with names like Torrey Pines Way, St. Andrews Drive, and Cypress Pointe Drive. The practice facilities are fantastic and useful to prepare golfers for the stern test they’ll face on the course. The club is owned by the Heritage Golf Group, a firm that owns over 30 golf clubs across the US.
White Deer Run is an extremely demanding course when played from the championship (black) tees. Clocking in at 7,149 yards with a course rating of 74.5, the track is in the same company as stalwarts like Mistwood, Harborside, and Bolingbrook. Over 16 ponds want to soak your golf ball, while dozens and dozens of strategically placed and interestingly shaped bunkers try to stymie your progress. Most of the holes require some forethought and strategy to score well. Grip-it-and-rip-it usually isn’t the best option. Mercifully, some of the fairways are generously wide, such as on the 597-yard 6th hole. The property is extremely well manicured; they take its appearance seriously.
The golf learning and practice facility here is top notch. The driving range has both grass tees and mats, plus a covered hitting area. A huge practice green with a wide bunker is available to calibrate your short game. A second green is tucked away south of the range next to the maintenance shed. The pro shop is well stocked with merch and goodies. The clubhouse is modern and houses the Lake Charles Grill restaurant. They are happy to host your events and weddings here.