The Bridges at Poplar Creek Country Club

The Bridges at Poplar CreekAfter getting wind of Poplar Creek Country Club becoming The Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, I had to check it out. I’m very glad I did. Bridges of Poplar Creek is testament to modern day magic, the reinvention of an already stout, 35-year-old golf course and clubhouse thanks to a multi-million dollar enhancement project. Floods that occasionally plagued fairways after heavy rains will no longer occur.

The addition of “Bridges” to the club moniker is fitting. Installation of eight wood bridges of a notable 1,000-plus linear feet give “pop” to golfers’ aesthetics-laden journey and a golf history lesson along the way.

Golf Course Renovation
My recent tour of the property confirmed that its impressiveness only begins with the bridge theme. Fifteen holes underwent major renovation, and No. 1 is now No. 10 (and vice versa) to improve playing experiences. Holes that were untouched were remarkable in the first place.

The addition of multiple tee boxes gives Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club renewed appeal to better golfers seeking added length and to novice golfers seeking shorter distances. Work on some greens as well as re-configured fairways and bunkers add to enjoyable, first-class experiences. Fescue is omnipresent on many holes providing depth and definition, and new lakes make for even more challenging but fair land-water hazards.

Bottom line: Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club is the epitome of hole-byhole excitement. Another way to state it is that there’s nary a boring moment. Credit goes to Lohmann Golf Design for preserving the classic Killian-Nugent layout while enhancing strategic shot values that perfectly blend bark and benevolence to satisfy golfers of all abilities. The course is open and renovations will be complete by June 2011.

The Bridges at Poplar Creek Country ClubAmong a bevy of highlight holes:
No. 2 – This short, 342-yard par 4 tests your skill from the get-go. With water on the right and out of bounds on the left, an accurate tee shot is essential. For risk takers going for the green, let loose your inner John Daly loose with a long drive over water. Once (or if) you safely hit this fairway, your next shot requires pinpoint accuracy over a creek to the green. Then you cross the long, winding and picturesque bridge to a green that slopes from back to front and toward the water.

No. 6 – Tee it high and let it fly down the wide fairway for a birdie opportunity on this 361-yard, par 4. However, if you miss left, a watery grave looms. Your second shot requires well-judged distance to carry water and two greenside bunkers. If you get the ball to the hole, a birdie on this flat putting surface is realistic.

No. 17 – The longest par 3 at 215 yards from the championship tees is a unanimous winner. A picturesque but frightening downhill tee shot leads to an L-shaped green almost completely surrounded by water. Playing for the pin is bold but carries reward potential on this multi-tiered green. A wise choice is to aim for the center of the green and run away with a solid par.

More Than a Round of Golf
Practice rats will relish a new 9,100-square-foot putting green with six holes cut daily and a 3,500-square-foot bentgrass chipping area for a stateof-the-art learning center totaling 8,700 square feet. PGA-certified instruction on a 55-station driving range, plus the addition of a “Flight-Scope launch monitor” for perfect club fitting, has golfers, at least for a fleeting moment, shouting “PGA Tour, here we come.”

To say Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club caters to all desires is an understatement. For golfers who prefer routines, Poplar Creek’s permanent tee time program hits the spot. League, tournament and outing coordinators rely on the club and its dedicated staff for detail-laden attention to producing successful events. Junior golfers rave about the Saturday and Sunday twilight development programs. Seniors also benefit from special rates on weekdays.

The Bridges at Poplar Creek Country Club

For non-golfers, 19th Hole aficionados and special-events planners, the clubhouse received a major facelift. A modern-era ambiance in the main banquet room owes thanks to new carpet, wallpaper, lighting, paint, ceiling construction, bathroom upgrades and a new dance floor. Business meetings are first-class with WiFi, screens, LCD projectors and other accoutrements.

Adding to the excitement is a new, 8,200-square-foot event area complete with a gazebo and waterfall for memorable weddings and other special occasions.

Like they say about new movie releases: “Run, Don’t Walk” to see them. That adage applies to new Bridges at Poplar Creek Country Club. It is located between Golf and Higgins Roads, east of Barrington Road, just off of Moon Lake Boulevard, in the northwest Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates.

My hat’s off to the Hoffman Estates Park District for pulling out all stops to enhance Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. Chicago-area golfers are poised to line up for tee times – time and again. They’re visiting for more information or calling (847) 781-3681 for tee times.


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