A One-of-a-Kind Killian Design in Cary Chalet Hills Golf Club

A One-of-a-Kind Killian Design in Cary Chalet Hills Golf ClubSurrounded by acres of McHenry County Conservation, Chalet Hills Golf Club has begun working on a new ‘natural’ initiative that will continue until completion in an estimated four to five years. The plan calls for working alongside construction and conservation groups to find more environmentally friendly alternatives. Included in the plan is the accumulation of more wildflowers and prairie grasses to match the courses natural surrounding beauty.

By implementing these modifications, Chalet Hills is aiming to return to more of a links style golf course, become more ecologically friendly and appear to blend in even more to the natural beauty surrounding the magnifi cent course.When designer Ken Killian first surveyed the grounds that would become Chalet Hills Golf Club he was immediately struck by the maturity and richness of the terrain. Design elements that many times must be artificially manufactured were already in place.

There were rolling hills and forests full of old hardwood, hickory and oak trees, some of which are more than 200 years old, to frame fairways and create sightlines. Wetlands and water in the form of existing lakes and creeks add intrigue and force golfers to use their imagination. Water is a potential factor on 14 of 18 holes.

The entire routing is surrounded by conservation areas, and with the exception of a few homes far removed from the fairways and greens, this is as serene and secluded an environment you’ll find for golf in the Chicagoland area.

“The potential at Chalet Hills presented itself not only as a good course, but a great one,” Killian commented, who also had a hand in designing Kemper Lakes. “I liken this course to a sleeping beauty. All I had to do is wake her. “The result is the greatest course I have ever designed, period,” he continued. “The property had every element necessary to create the ultimate golf experience. The trick was to mold fairways, greens and tee boxes into some of the most beautiful nature I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”

A One-of-a-Kind Killian Design in Cary Chalet Hills Golf Club

A public-access course, Chalet Hills has been lauded for its exceptional layout and setting. The 6,877-yard course carries a 4.5-Star rating from Golf Digest, and Zagat Survey has listed the course as one of the top 5 in the state of Illinois.

If you’re looking to break your routine and experience a truly one-of-a-kind layout, make your way to Cary and check out Chalet Hills. The course is renowned for its conditioning, challenge, elevation changes, exceptional service (expect the beverage cart to find you at least 4 times per round) and affordable pricing.

The late, great Chicago Cub and WGN radio announcer Ron Santo said of the unique layout in Cary, “Chalet Hills is Chicago’s hidden gem.”

“Conditions are fantastic all the time, and the greens are very fair with a lot of hidden, subtle undulations,” said Chalet Hills General Manager Brian Smith. “I don’t want to say they’re the quickest, but they always run smooth, true and at a very good pace.”

A One-of-a-Kind Killian Design in Cary Chalet Hills Golf ClubEach nine at Chalet Hills closes with a scenic and challenging hole. Holes 9 and 18 both dogleg around the club’s main lake and finish on a shared green visible from the patio of the clubhouse.

The lake encircled by No. 9 and No. 18 was used by Killian on the par-3 17th to create an island green effect. This visual dilemma is considered one of Chalet Hills’ signature holes and one of the most recognizable sights on The Chicagoland golf scene.

Chalet Hills concludes with a riskreward par 5 measuring 494 yards from the back tees.

“It’s very scenic, and a great finishing stretch,” said Smith.

Chalet Hills tempts you to cut corners and demands accuracy in some spots with tightly wooded fairways. Four sets of tees enable all skill levels to enjoy the golf course. Virtually every inch of the course provides astounding natural scenery.

In addition to the 18-hole championship golf course, Chalet Hills offers a driving range with 20 stations and a large putting green adjacent to the first tee. There is also a bar and grill with indoor and outdoor seating.

Chalet Hills hosts a number of charity golf tournaments each year and is available for weddings, banquets and outings. The clubhouse can seat up to 200 guests for functions.

For more information on Chalet Hills Golf Club, visit www.chaletgolf.com or call (847) 639-5322. Online tee times are available.

 

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