Kemper Lakes Golf Club is a Private 18 hole golf course located in Long Grove, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago.
The course opened for play in 1979. The course was designed by Ken Killian and Dick Nugent.
Originally an upscale public course, the course was founded by James S. Kemper, Jr., president and chairman of the board of Kemper Insurance Co., whose corporate offices were located on the south end of the spacious property. In 1989, the course hosted the PGA Championship that was won by Payne Stewart. It also hosted the PGA of America's Grand Slam of Golf several years in the mid-1980s. Many greats have walked this course, including Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer.
In 2003 the course was sold to Crown Golf Properties, which began a four-year changeover from public to private golf. With its lush meandering fairways, avenues of majestic oaks and serene surroundings, Kemper Lakes exudes a classic golf ambiance steeped in tradition.
Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 7217 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 5638 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 15, a par-5 that plays to 578 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 3, a par-3 that plays to 173 yards from the back tees.
Watch out for # 9, a 448 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole is # 13, a 219 yard par-3.
$101 (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2016 at 10:00 PM
With the bunker redesign over the past few years, I was anxious to try it out. Unfortunately this has ruined the ambience of Kemper Lakes. It should be called Kemper Bunkers. The bunkers are 6 feet deep in the middle of some fairways. Balls land in the face and stay there, they do not roll to the bottom. Too high, too steep, and too close to greens with elevations wrong. The bunkers are not raked or maintained apparently. They have also added back tee boxes on 9, 13, 15 and16. Kind of a joke now for those distances. I heard they lost their greenskeeper also. Accordingly, the greens are nowhere near as fast as they used to be. They have cut down many trees, on 16 there are no willows anymore on the right side. They also built houses between 14 and 15, which used to be open fields. Very disappointing with the changes in course and greens.
Guest (cart included), played on Monday, August 2013 at 8am
Always a fun challenging course nice water holes
Guest (cart included), played on Monday, May 2013 at 2pm
As one who has been used to public courses, this was a refreshing change of pace for me. I was invited as a guest and it was a real treat to play on a course that hosted a Tour event. Well-maintained, wonderful ambiance, and world-class facilities, with no debits really worth mentioning. If you're not a member and you get invited to play this course, do NOT pass up the opportunity.
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