Island green for Indian Lakes

By Sean Dudley

Architect Rick Jacobson is to include an island green as part of his renovation of the East Course at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort outside Chicago. The new 150-yard par three eighth hole will feature a 9,000 sq ft green that sits in the middle of a large pond.

"It's the kind of hole that will really get people's blood going," Jacobson said.

"And it will be a great hole during competition, whether it's a professional event, high school tournament, junior golf competition, or a friendly foursome – because on that hole one tee shot can change the match. We are very excited to have the opportunity to return to Indian Lakes Resort and complete the transformation of its golf facilities." Jacobson's redesign of the East Course will make the current 18 holes into a ninehole championship-calibre course. He said the new nine holes will feature bunker complexes with dramatic slopes and fingers of turf that 'bleed' into the sand.

These 'Alister Mackenzie-style' bunkers will replace the original 1965-vintage, saucer-shaped bunkers installed by golf course architect Robert Bruce Harris.

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