Giving the people what they want at Whitetail Ridge

whitetail_ridge_ball.jpgTo say that Chicago doesn’t have a rich history in the game of golf is like proclaiming that the beloved Cubs have been   baseball’s fortunate sons over the past decade. When it comes to the game invented over the sandy dunes of St. Andrews, there isn’t a spot in America with a more storied past than the Windy City.

It’s an honor and a privilege to be in the golf business in and around the Chicago metropolitan area, and that fact isn’t lost on Dan DeCrow, general manager of Whitetail Ridge Golf Club.

Before going into detail about the routing of the course he oversees or rattling off the measurements of the clubhouse, DeCrow emphasized customer service as the top priority at Whitetail Ridge.

“We take a lot of pride in our service levels and realize that golfers enjoy and appreciate the way they’re treated,” he said. “We aspire to a level of service that makes them want to come back. You’re not doing the golfer a service just by being available and opening the doors in this market.”

Established in 2007, Yorkville’s Whitetail Ridge is managed by Dallas-based Eagle Golf, an outfit that mandates excellent customer service as if it were a guaranteed right outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

We will enthusiastically deliver the difference with radical hospitality at every level of connection with our members and guests,” said DeCrow.

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That level of commitment has made a noticeable impression on the golfers who’ve already visited Whitetail Ridge, as they receive personalized service from the moment they arrive until the moment their clubs are secured into their vehicles for the trip home.

Who is Whitetail Ridge?

Even though Whitetail Ridge did an impressive 31,000 rounds during its third year of operation, there are still a few folks in The Chicagoland area who’ve yet to discover this gem in the western suburbs. If you think you’ve experienced all of the premier golf courses and haven’t challenged Whitetail Ridge, the trip to Yorkville is a must.

Whitetail RidgeThe par-71 (5 par 3s), 6,604-yard course is laid out in two distinct nines. The front nine is far more wide open and forgiving, before the back nine ascends onto a ridge where there are more trees and the topography begins to present some changes in elevation. Overall the course can be demanding for the more accomplished player, but is considered very hospitable and friendly to novices and beginners.

Whitetail Ridge was designed by noted local architect Greg Martin, who has worked on a number of well-respected layouts in the area including Rich Harvest Farms, host of the recent Solheim Cup competition.

As you play Whitetail Ridge, the picture of an affordable, upscale public course that offers many of the amenities and the atmosphere you’d expect to find at a private club emerges. Service often exceeds what you’d expect to find at a gated golf club with initiation fees.

The practice area at Whitetail Ridge includes a grass-matted driving range and a large putting green where go lfers can become acclimated with the speed and texture of the putting surfaces.

mjrec_0333.jpgWeddings and Special Events

Whitetail Ridge is quickly becoming a popular destination for golf outings, weddings and special functions. The club boasts a 24,000-square-foot clubhouse with a ballroom that can seat up to 350 people. If you need the space and staffing to handle a large event, contact Whitetail Ridge. Golf outings of any type and size (16-144) are fully customizable.

The club also has a bar and restaurant that is open seven days a week during the golf season.

Everything you need to know about Whitetail Ridge, including course description, directions, schedule of events and outing information is available online. Visit the course at or call (630) 882-8988. Online tee times are available.


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