New Course Opens in Elgin, Illinois

During his 18 years in business, Rick Jacobson's golf course designs have been built in places such as Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin not to mention the nations of China and Japan. As of September 22nd, Jacobson, a native of north suburban Glenview, will have a course of his own in the Chicago area.

Bowes Creek Country Club in northwest suburban Elgin opened to media and dignitaries invited to play the inaugural 18 holes on a course that has been on the drawing board for more than a decade. "Every time you open a new course, there's a sense of gratification when you see the holes take shape and eventually watch the golfers out there enjoying the course," Jacobson said. "It took a lot of patience and perseverance to see it through but it definitely was worth it." Jacobson drew his first routing for the course in 1998.

The course is the focal point of a Toll Brothers' real estate development of the same name. The city of Elgin will own and operate the course as a public facility.

Bowes Creek is a rustic, prairie-style design in which fescue eyebrows outline the edges of bunkers and act as an extension of the naturalistic look of the adjacent landscape. "We are trying to create a uniqueness in our courses to give our clients a marketable product that ultimately makes them successful," Jacobson said. "Bowes Creek is the style of golf course the land dictates - natural rather than a pure manufactured look."

The par-71 course stretches 6,900 yards from the tips and 5,000 yards from the forward tees. It is laid out on varying topography and features elevation changes up to 50 feet, particularly on the back nine. The layout occupies former flood plain areas, rolling farm land and a prairie, while integrating wetlands, a lake, and groups of mature hardwood trees. A creek also runs throughout. For the most part, the new homes will be located on the periphery.

"Although the golf course is located in a real estate community, it is a public course that will serve golfers of dramatically different levels of skill and experience," Jacobson said. "Our goal is to make the game fun and enjoyable while making it interesting and challenging."

Jacobson also designed a practice area complete with a 30-station driving range with target greens at varying distances, putting and chipping greens, and a private lesson tee on the range.

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