Shoreacres

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Shoreacres

Architect: Seth Raynor
Year: 1921

1601 Shore Acres Drive
Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
(847) 234-1472

Course Access: Private

driving range available
motorized golf carts and caddies available


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The Itinerant Golfer

Shoreacres

Shoreacres is one of the courses that I was really looking forward to on the list. I didn’t know anything about it other than everyone who plays there seems to come away in love with the classic Seth Raynor design. After having visited Raynor’s Camargo Club several weeks earlier my interest in his work was at an all time high and I was excited to visit Shoreacres. Located just north of Chicago in the town of Lake Bluff, Shoreacres has occupied its perch on the shore of Lake Michigan since 1916. While the clubhouse does have a water view I should point out that the golf course itself is completely inland with no views of the lake or coastal holes anywhere on the course. In scouring the internet for information on the club there is very, very little available. I usually like to learn a little bit of history about a club before visiting but the best I could find in this case was a very abbreviated take on the club’s 94 year history. The short story is that the club was founded in 1916 and the course designed by Raynor opened in 1921. After 70 years the course had lost many of its “Rayor-esque" qualities and Tom Doak’s firm Renaissance Golf was brought in to restore the design to its original glory. From what I hear they did a masterful job. In an interesting side note I did discover that the original clubhouse, built by David Adler, burned to… More >