Location: Galena, Ill.
Course architect: Roger B. Packard with Andy North
Tee – Yardage l Rating / Slope:
Black — 6,726 | 72.8 / 141
Gold — 6,280 | 70.7 / 136
White — 5,917 | 69.1 / 132
Jade — 5,240 | 66.0 / 125
White — 5,917 | 74.4 / 131
Jade — 5,240 | 70.7 / 123
Saturday morning green fee: $$$ ($100-$149)
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: No
Fairways: PennLinks bentgrass
Greens: PennLinks bentgrass
Starter: The General is the premier course at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, which has 63 holes and is the only full-service golf resort in Illinois. In its 40th season, Eagle Ridge also has North, South and East courses, all of them designed by the late Roger B. Packard. While The General is clearly the showcase layout, it has rarely been tested in tournament competition. Usually the North is used for that, just because the extreme elevation changes make The General a difficult course to walk.
Play because ...: There’s no course like The General in Illinois and very few in the Midwest. This course is all about dealing with elevation changes, and the greens have interesting undulations as well. There’s a 250-foot elevation change throughout the layout and the views offered are stunning.
Takeaway: In its early years, The General was considered too challenging for all but the best players. That’s not the case anymore, as the course has matured, its conditioning has improved and its maximum length (under 6,800 yards) isn’t as intimidating. Playing from the correct set of tees, though, is still a must. The General is on the tight side, so players who get caught up in the scenery will be in for trouble.
RATINGS [1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 8.0
Pro shop: 7.5
Course difficulty: 9.5
Pace of play: 9.0
THE COURSE | Scorecard
Best par 3: No. 11 (163 | 152 | 141 | 100 yards)
A huge, deep ravine that runs from just in front of the tee box to the very front of the green must be carried. Simply, this is ultimate in a forced carry.
Best par 4: No. 14 (357 | 341 | 339 | 313 yards)
Not really a difficult hole, but there’s a 180-foot elevation from the tee to the fairway, making for a dramatic, most memorable tee shot. From the tee, three states can be seen — Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Best par 5: No. 18 (520 | 500 | 471 | 417 yards)
A tight finishing hole from tee to green with subtle elevation changes mixed in. View of the elevated clubhouse throughout the path to the green brings a picturesque finish to a round.