We had only been dating a few months but Nicole was sooo excited to introduce Everardo to the family …. or at least that’s the story her family tells. It was especially fun since Nicole’s older brother, Erik, is also an avid golfer and excited to have another golf partner for Illinois and Arizona! So he setup a tee time for us at one of his favorites, Cog Hill Golf and Country Club.
Scottsdale vs Chicago
Playing golf in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Chicago, Illinois, can offer vastly different experiences due to several factors, including climate, landscape, course designs, and tee time availability:
- Climate: Scottsdale typically boasts a desert climate with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures, with near perfect conditions 9-month of the year. Chicago, on the other hand, has a more varied climate with hot summers and cold winters. Golf season in Chicago is typically limited to the warmer and humid summer months.
- Landscape: Scottsdale’s golf courses feature desert landscapes, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and unique flora. Chicago’s courses might have more variation in terrain, featuring parkland, woodland, or even courses near bodies of water like Lake Michigan.
- Course Designs: The design of golf courses can differ significantly. Scottsdale’s courses might feature desert-style designs, with challenging bunkers, undulating fairways, and the need for strategic shot-making to navigate the landscape. In Chicago, courses might have different architectural styles, potentially influenced by the local topography and landscape.
- Availability and Cost: In Scottsdale, especially during peak seasons, tee times might be competitive and more expensive due to high demand. In Chicago, while there are exclusive courses, there might be more accessible public courses available for play.
Ultimately, the choice between playing golf in Scottsdale versus Chicago can depend on personal preferences regarding climate, course design, cost, and the overall experience one seeks while playing golf. Both locations offer their unique charm and challenges for golf enthusiasts.
Fast forward to now, we’ve played over a hundred rounds of golf in seven states and two countries. We’re now making it a goal to play golf together in all 50 states and many more countries. We welcome any recommendations you have and invite you to join us along the way.
About Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
NO. 2 – RAVINES (EST. 1929)
“AMERICA’S BEST COURSES UNDER $100” – GOLF DIGEST COURSE & TRAVEL
Since opening in 1929, Course No. 2 has been a favorite of Cog Hill’s regular golfers. The sporty, championship layout is routed through wooded, rolling terrain and challenges golfers with ravines on nearly half of the holes, hence its nickname the “RAVINES.” Unique to the course is the closing “19th hole.” The challenging par-3 offers a testy putting surface and a memorable end to the day’s golf match.
The Midwest’s Premier Public Facility. Cog Hill Golf, is a historic 72-hole public golf facility located near Chicago. Dubsdread (Course #4) has been awarded “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest and is Rated #1 in Illinois-Golfweek.
Their year-round facility includes a driving range with heated Toptracer stalls, a learning center, two golf shops, a restaurant with patio seating, along with a 280-seat banquet hall located in the historic clubhouse.
Golf Course Prints – Save 10%
One of the this things we do commemorate some of the most memorable rounds and courses is through Golf Course Prints. This unique, watercolor-style golf course maps are collectable pieces of art, perfect for any golfer or golf fan. It’s a keepsake and personal memento that you can proudly display on the wall of your home or office.
They have over 4,500+ captivating golf course designs that you can order as prints, framed prints, canvas, towels, blankets, and more. Explore the vast collection to find your favorite course, or request a course to be designed.