"America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses"
- Golf Digest
Hole By Hole Course Tour
Known as the "Patriarch of Public Golf," Joe Jemsek always aspired to provide a country club experience and amenities to all golfers. Even with three hightly successful golf courses, Joe was still concerned that he didn't have a course to better the finest country clubs in the United States. Once again Joe partnered with famed golf architect team of Dick Wilson (Bay Hill, Cog Hill No.3, Doral-Blue Course, Laurel Valley) and Joe Lee (Bent Tree, Palm Beach National, La Costa, Walt Disney World Courses) to create Joe's vision of a fourth course, one that would test the world's greatest golfers. Wilson/Lee complied and created what many consider to be each architects best work. Sadly, Wilson passed before the course opened to universal praise.
The collaboration was so successful that No. 4 has remained nationally ranked since its opening in 1964. At that time, Course No. 4 was given the nickname "DUBSDREAD." The nickname "DUBSDREAD" is derived from the idea that a "dub" or poor golfer should beware and served as a warning of the challenges forthcoming. True to its name, this natural-style championship course places a high demand on shot-making ability by providing tight landing areas combined with heavily bunkered, large undulating greens.
In light of recent advances in golf club technology and agronomy, the "Open Doctor" Rees Jones was brought in to re-establish the original intent and strategy of DUBSDREAD'S design. The renovation plan incorporated square tees, repositioned bunkers and hazards, and all 18 greens were rebuilt and recontoured with Sub-Air drainage.
Over the years, DUBSDREAD has challenged professionals and amateurs alike while hosting numerous PGA Tour and USGA tournaments.
Come and test your game on the Dubsdread course today!
Dick Wilson & Joe Lee - 1964
Redesign - Rees Jones - 2008
No. 1 Course You Can Play in Illinois - Golfweek
America's 100 Greatest Public Courses - Golf Digest
Top 100 Courses You Can Play - Golf Magazine
America's 75 Toughest Courses - Golf Digest
10 Best Two-Course Combinations in the World - Links Magazine
Hole #16 - 500 Greatest Golf Holes - Golf Magazine
Best of Illinois - Golf Advisor
2007, 2009-2011 BMW Championship
1991-2006 Western Open Championship
1997 U.S. Amateur
1970 & 1989 U.S. Public Links
1987 U.S. Women's Public Links
Course Rating/Slope (M&W)
Black - M 78.0/153
Gold - M 76.0/146
Blue - M 74.2/140
Combo - M 73.2/138
White - M 72.2/136, W 78.6/146
Green - M 70.6/132, W 76.6/142
Forward - M 67.4/124, W 72.6/134