McQ’s Dome on Rt.53 in Bolingbrook is your all-around place for golf and fun. Visit the Golf Dome, Play the Ponies in the OTB, or get great Food and Beverage in the Sports Bar. Winter golf season is now in full swing. Learn more at McQsDome.com or for the golf dome call (630)-739-7600. McQ’s Dome is an official Blackhawks Bar, and they play tonight vs Phoenix. HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Cog Hill home of the Eskimo Open, this Sunday on courses 1 & 3 see Coghillgolf.com for sign up information. Weather is forecast to be sunny and 40. LINKS & TEE’s located at 880 West Lake St is now your year-round golf facility. Ladies night is tomorrow (Wens.), lessons, groups, go to Links & Tee’s, for more information visit addisonparks.org or call (630)-233-7275 Ext 4. ______________________________________________________________________
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If there was ever a golf course that could give you and your game a lift, the Pittsburgh Field Club is it.
The Gog Blog visited the PFC on a 36 hole day in Pittsburgh, fall of 2014. What a stellar day of golf it was. This is Part 2 of Pittsburgh area golf, a part of the country that is 6 months away from hosting the U.S. Open at the Oakmont Country Club.
The Pittsburgh Field Club has a history that dates back to the 1870’s. A group of Pittsburgh area businessmen that were mostly of British decent, decided it was time for a club that would be a place for people to enjoy the game of cricket, as golf was not yet popular in America. As a result the Pittsburgh Cricket Club was founded on April 1st (no joke) in 1882.
The club was originally part of the borough of Bruston, but was later annexed by the city of Pittsburgh.
In addition to cricket the club soon became the place to go for archery, tennis, croquet, bicycling and track and field.
By 1886 the club reorganized and became the Pittsburgh Field Club, in 1895 as interest in cricket was fading and golf was growing, three holes were built on the property.
After 1900 when interest in golf started to take hold and more land was needed, the club decided to purchase 171 acres of land in an area that was less populated, and did so in the Fox Chapel area in 1915. Alexander Findlay who is known as the father of American Golf, volunteered to design the 18 hole golf course.
It didn’t take long before another name in American golf came along to rework some holes, Donald Ross.
Ross wasn’t the last big name architect to come along over the years to work at the field club. A.W. Tillinghast, Willie Park Jr., Emil Loeffler, John McGlynn, Bill Irvin, Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills, Craig Schreiner, Tripp Davis, and most recently in 2012 Keith Foster.
The clubhouse had some renovation work done as well that wasn’t planned. The original clubhouse burned down in 1924 and a new one was built in 1925, with additions and modifications starting in 1959 and continuing over the years.
The recent bunker renovation by Foster and other tweaks to the course, have brought the club back into the spotlight.
Normally overshadowed by it’s just up the street neighbor Fox Chapel Golf Club, the Field Club can now join the picture of top clubs in the Pittsburgh area.
The opening tee shot provides one of the best opening views of any course in American golf. While there is no official distance given, the height of the first tee allows the golfer to see for miles. The fourth hole is a great short par 3 hole, that plays only 135 yards from the tips.
You can make an argument that the par 3, holes are the backbone of the club. All four of them are solid.
In fact not many clubs in America can finish with par 3 hole and get away with it.
The par 3 18th hole plays only 215 yards, but this solid design that blends into the side of the high point of the clubs property, falls off sharply left and leave the golfer with a demanding chip shot if the tee shot misses the green. The 18th hole is played after one of the great walks and rides in golf. When done with the 17th hole, golfers who are walking or wish to walk to the 18th tee, can ride the elevator from down in the valley, and take the walkway out to the tee box. For more photo’s of this, see Rory Spears on Facebook and or GogBlogGuy on Twitter.
The course has five sets of tee’s and plays from 6,783 yards, to the front tees of 5,290.
The Pittsburgh Field Club is located at 121 Field Club Road in Pittsburgh. The club house can be reached (412)-963-8500.