After being closed due to the coronavirus in March, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is excited to announce the re-opening of its North and South golf courses on May 1, 2020, in accordance with the recent permission from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Known for their challenging play and stunning views, the South Course will be open seven days a week, and the North Course will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
“We, along with the other golf courses and associations of Illinois, are thrilled to be able to open, and are committed to operating our courses in the safest manner possible,” said Ryan Brown, director of golf. “It’s a great opportunity for our guests to enjoy some competition and socialization and experience the beauty of The Galena Territory.”
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa will follow the guidelines set by the state of Illinois, which include:
- Online or telephone bookings
- Players grouped in twosomes
- 15 minutes between tee times
- Maintaining social distancing on the course, such as no group congregating, shaking hands, and limiting staff where possible.
- Players using hand sanitizer along the course (provided by Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa), and handling their own equipment only, such as scorecards, golf balls, and clubs.
- Handicapped players may use a golf cart.
The main Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa resort facilities will remain closed, but on-the-go meals and snacks will be available.
About the North and South Courses
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa’s North Course is characterized by elevated tee boxes and stunning views of Lake Galena and the surrounding countryside. The signature hole is number 8, which is a 165-yard par 3 with 80 feet of elevation change from tee to green. The tee shot on 8 crosses the corner of Lake Galena, opening up to a spectacular view of the lake and its majestic rock outcroppings.
The South Course, which opened in 1984 and was voted one of the top 75 upscale courses in the country, winds through a beautiful wooded valley where streams come into play on 11 of 18 holes. The signature hole is number 18, a 406-yard par 4 with the tee set 90 feet above a landing area which is guarded by lakes on both sides and a stream that crosses the fairway 265 yards from the tee. Although shorter in yardage than Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa’s other courses, the South Course is the resort’s most difficult and the best test of player’s accuracy and shot-making skills.
Grand-Reopening in June
As of now, Eagle Ridge & Spa, plans to open its signature course, The General, in mid-June. The General, touted as one of the top 100 golf courses in the nation, and its surrounding pro complex has undergone a major transformation. The new clubhouse triples the size of the previous pro shop and also features a streamlined check-in experience, a new restaurant and lounge overlooking the course, a general store, a gas station and a café counter for quick bites and coffee. In addition, the course itself has been flipped, so play now ends at what used to be hole number nine.
More details about the General and clubhouse complex will be available closer to the grand re-opening.
2020 Season Rates and Packages
The North and South Courses are available to both members and the general public. Golf memberships and day rates for the 2020 season are posted on www.eagleridge.com. Players 17 and under can play for free with a paying adult. Those with questions or ready to schedule can call (800) 892-2269.
About Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is located 150 miles west of Chicago within The Galena Territory, a 6,800-acre recreational, residential and resort community six miles southeast of the historic town of Galena, Ill. The resort’s grounds include 63 holes on four award-winning golf courses, and accommodations that range from quaint Inn rooms to more than 250 villas and distinctive homes. Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa has 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space and beautiful conference homes which regularly accommodate corporate groups, banquets and weddings. Other features include award-winning restaurants, the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, and an incredible selection of outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena. For reservations or additional information, call 1-800-892-2269 or visit www.eagleridge.com.