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To provide a quality recreational golf experience, maintain high quality facilities used for golf services and golf related programs, promote the game and benefits of golf to residents and other guests, and provide excellent service to guests at every point of contact.
A destination for North Shore golfers since 1931, Sportsman’s Country Club offers 27 holes of golf (the Classic 18 and East 9), a lighted practice range with 33 stalls, a miniature golf course, three putting greens, an award-winning golf shop and a clubhouse dining room serving breakfast and lunch.
The Classic 18 has a par of 70 with outstanding bunkering, undulating greens and a high level of service and maintenance. The course underwent a major renovation, beginning in 2005, to update the design and quality. The award-winning architectural firm of Jacobson Golf Course Design rebuilt the course to recapture the feel of the original course and provide a more enjoyable game of strategy and skill.
The East 9 is a full-length, nine-hole course, ideal for a quick visit when time is limited. Sportsman’s also is home to the Northbrook Golf Academy, which offers group instruction and private lessons from PGA members and assistants.
For most of its history, the Sportsman’s was privately owned but open to the public. In the late 1970s, Eugene Corley Builders purchased the property, planning to construct a 215-acre development with houses, condominiums, tennis courts, office buildings and a golf course. Although the builder promised that the course would remain open to the public, local golfers formed two grassroots organizations that ultimately forced the issue onto a village referendum.
Determined to return the land to the community and control the density of development, Northbrook residents overwhelmingly approved a $9 million bond authorizing the Northbrook Park District to buy Sportsman’s Country Club in 1978. Nine years later, another petition drive led to a second referendum, and the community approved $7.2 million in taxes to purchase the East 9 Course from the School Board. The Park District proudly owns and operates all 215 acres of the country club.For additional Golf information, see Anetsberger Golf Course.