Sportsman’s Country Club and Anetsberger Golf Courses are closed for the season.

Sportsman’s Country Club offers off-season player development programs in a new indoor instruction studio and the Golf Shop is open with an outstanding selection of clubs, apparel and accessories. Call 847-291-2351 ext. 3 for details.

 

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.

The Classic 18 is a par 70 course with outstanding bunkering, undulating greens and a high level of service and maintenance. The course underwent a major renovation in 2005 to update the design and quality. Award-winning firm Jacobson Golf Course Design rebuilt the course, recapturing the original design and feel, and providing 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.

Sportsman’s Country Club is an available location for our Tree and Bench Donation Program. Bench donations either replace an aging bench or add a bench to open space, and a bronze donor recognition plaque is attached to the seatback of the bench. A tree donation includes the installation of a 2‐3 inch‐diameter tree and an engraved brass leaf, mounted on a donation wall at the Northbrook Leisure Center. For more information, you can check out the Tree and Bench Donation Program page.

History

For most of its history, 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. Today, the Park District owns and operates the entire facility and grounds.