Major Revisions to Course in Hoffman Estates Nearly Complete

The multi-million-dollar capital-enhancements at Poplar Creek Country Club in Hoffman Estates, Ill., are nearly complete, and the venue is now known as Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. Nine holes will open for 18-hole rounds on Saturday, March 26, with all 18 holes to debut in early June.

The addition of "Bridges" to the club moniker is the result of the installation of eight wood bridges along the 6,500-yard course. Plaques paying tribute to legends Bobby Jones, Chick Evans, Samuel Ryder and Babe Zaharias will adorn the bridges with capsules about their contributions to the game, symbolizing the link to the club's past, present and future.

"Golfers who sneak-previewed the course are enamored with the changes," says Brian Bechtold, general manager of the facility owned and operated by the Hoffman Estates Park District (HEPD). "And paying homage to some of golf's grit-and-grind legends aligns with our municipal facility's family approach to golf and social activities."

Fifteen holes underwent renovation, and No. 1 is now No. 10. Holes 16, 17 and 18 - now known as "The Final Charge" - are formulated in the shape of a lightning bolt to become a "trifecta of finishing holes among the best in Illinois," adds Bechtold.

The addition of multiple tees gives the course renewed appeal to golfers seeking added length and newer players who prefer shorter distances. Reconfigured fairways and bunkers, the addition of fescue on many holes for depth and definition, and new lakes make for challenging yet fair land-water hazards.

Lohmann Golf Design led the modernization of the 35-year-old course, preserving the classic Killian-Nugent layout while enhancing strategic shot values. Floods that occasionally plagued fairways after heavy rains will no longer occur.

Also new are a 9,100-square-foot putting green and a 3,500-square-foot bentgrass chipping area in the learning center. PGA-certified instruction on a 55-station driving range, plus the addition of a "FlightScope launch monitor" for scientific club-fitting, will help golfers improve their games.

The clubhouse received a major facelift and now features a more modern ambiance. In the main banquet room that holds more than 300 guests there is new carpet, wallpaper, lighting, paint, ceiling construction, bathroom upgrades and a new dance floor. Business meetings will now feature WiFi, screens, LCD projectors and other accoutrements. A new, 8,200-square-foot event area with a gazebo and waterfall makes for memorable weddings and other special occasions.

"It's mission critical to consistently upgrade existing facilities and parks for current and future generations to enjoy," says Dean Bostrom, executive director of the HEPD.

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club is located between Golf and Higgins Roads, east of Barrington Road, just off of Moon Lake Boulevard. For tee times and other information, visit or call 847/781-3681.