White Pines Golf Club Overview
White Pines is a historic course that’s been part of the Bensenville landscape for nearly a century. The September 20th, 1929 issue of the Palatine Enterprise newspaper wrote “It is reported that when this play ground is completed it will be one of the best courses in the country and easily reached by train or auto. The new grounds are sure to attract many a golf player within its boundaries.” The first course opened in 1929, and the second course followed a year later. The Bensenville Park District purchased the property for $2.6 million in 1967.
The two courses at White Pines are the East & West, and they are more similar than different. The West Course is ~250 yards longer than the East, and is a par-72 layout compared to the East’s par-70 design. Both courses have a lot of water to navigate in the form of ponds littered throughout. In addition, creeks gallivant about the club, fed from Redmond Reservoir to the east and Fischer Woods Forest Preserve to the west. Mature trees are abundant, and often serve as barriers dividing the many parallel fairways. There’s not a lot of room to breathe between holes, so shots need to be delivered accurately. East’s course rating is 71.1, while West is marginally more difficult at 71.5. They both play to a slope of 127. There are some moderate elevation changes throughout, but the property is mostly flat.
There’s a driving range with 13 bays to get you warmed up before your round, and it’s lit at night. However, it’s only about 250 yards deep, so please refrain from hitting those 325 yard bombs, since you’ve been working out so much. Two large practice greens (one near the first hole of each course) let you tune up your short game. The pro shop has a solid amount of merch to get you geared up, and the restaurant is called the 37 Bar & Grill. It offers the standard bar food classics you crave.