Boulder Ridge Opens Nine More Holes

Golfers at Boulder Ridge Country Club have nine more holes to play. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on May 21 for the grand opening of the new “West Nine.”

The West Nine is the brainchild of Ray Plote, whose vision for the property in Lake in the Hills, Ill., was formed when the course was master planned more than a decade ago. Designed by Lohmann Golf Design in Marengo, Ill., and built by its sister company, Golf Creations, the new holes occupy a once-flat piece of land. But ponds created for water management displaced enough dirt to allow Lohmann’s graders and shapers to transform the terrain into a gentle, rolling landscape.

The originally 18 holes at Boulder Ridge, also a Bob Lohmann design, opened in 1990. Superintendent Paul Wagner anticipates Boulder Ridge members will enjoy the new West Nine as much as the original 18 holes.

In addition to more than 60 renovation projects for golf courses across the country, Lohmann Golf Designs has created over 35 original golf courses, including Mattoponi Springs Golf Club in Ruther Glen, Va., and Canyata in Marshall, Ill. In 2005, these two courses were selected by Golf Digest in the categories of Best New Public Courses and Best New Private Courses, respectively. LGD can be reached at 815/923-3400, or at