Newly rated by the United States Golf Association for the 2021 season, Glen Brook is a challenge from the tips for highly skilled golfers, while also providing four additional tee options for players of all abilities.
Scroll below our scorecard for hole-by-hole descriptions and photos.
Scroll below our scorecard for hole-by-hole descriptions and photos.
From the new set of tee boxes, this hole provides a fair but challenging opening tee shot. A well-struck ball will land on the right side of the fairway and follow the slope to the left. Go too far left and you bring hazard into play. The green is guarded on both sides by sand bunkers. There is opportunity for feast or famine right out of the gate.
The forward tees present a look at a large green with no trouble in front. Sand comes into play if your shot strays right or left. The hole plays considerably more difficult from the back tees, which are nestled into the hill behind the first green. Play your shot below the pin to avoid a tricky downhill put on the green, which slopes severely back to front.
This is the most-difficult hole on the scorecard for good reason. The long, narrow fairway plays slightly uphill and usually into the wind. Wooded hazard and fescue line the left side of the hole, while a row of ancient pines protects the adjacent fairway on the right. Par feels like a birdie on this hole, every day of the week.
A bit of a breather tucked between holes 3 and 5, this short par 4 nonetheless presents challenges to anyone who does not hit a straight ball. A creek runs the length of the fairway on the left, and the row of pines you hopefully avoided on #3 come into play again on the right. This receptive green offers a good chance for a one-putt.
The first of four par-5s at The Brook, this hole presents a solid birdie opportunity... if you keep your ball in play! Fescue and forest line the right side, just a few yards off the fairway. Many players opt to bail out to the left to avoid the trees at all costs. Sand protects the left side of the green. Shots to the right will benefit from a kick toward the flag.
Formerly a par 5, this is now a challenging par 4 with a gentle dogleg to the left. Long hitters will try to shave yardage by cutting the corner over the pedestrian bridge. Approach shots from the right side must navigate an enormous sycamore tree that overhangs the fairway. The green pitches gently to the front, sand to the left, hazards behind and to the right.
Short and sporty, this hole provides a thrill-a-minute with hazard and creek to the left, plus woods to the right. A good tee shot to a blind landing area gives many golfers a wedge to an elevated green, closely guarded by sand traps on both sides. Land on the front of the green and birdie is in play... challenge a back pin only if you dare.
If you are hoping for a hole-in-one, this is your best bet at The Brook. Hit it straight and a large green awaits. Beware sand bunkers guarding the putting surface on three sides. A short tee shot leaves a reasonable chip or pitch up the hill and a chance at par. Long creates a treacherous second shot onto a forward-pitched green.
The dreaded "road" hole is the second par 5 on the front 9. The wide fairway slopes steeply from the left toward the county road that intersects the course. A tee shot aimed down the pavement can add yardage as a bonus. An accurate tee ball positions longer hitters to get home in two, but most will be satisfied with a second shot to the tiered fairway plateau, followed by a short approach shot to an undulating green. Stay on the left side as the grassy mound provides friendly bounces to the right.
A challenging par 3 begins the back nine. Water and fescue beckon a pulled shot. Better to be short or in the sand. Long requires a tricky shot guaranteed to run from you once it hits the putting surface. The most distinctive green at The Brook features two tiers. The upper tier leaves a roller-coaster ride back to the hole. Experienced players will hit approaches and chips past the flag and let the slope bring the ball back for a tap-in putt.
Send your tee shot up the middle or right side of the fairway on this short par-4 to have a clear second shot and a great birdie chance. Trouble can be found on both sides with wayward tee shots, but the wide fairway encourages an aggressive play. Flying the green on your approach leaves a flop shot up to an often short-sided flag.
A tee shot to the end of the fairway, short of the county road, leaves less than 100 yards to an elevated green. Long hitters can aim for the fairway over the road, but avoid going too far and being blocked by the large fairway tree. Once successfully on this difficult green, putts are deceptively quick back-to-front with quite a bit of break side-to-side.
One of Glen Brook's most picturesque holes, especially in the twilight hours, #13 rewards accuracy off the tee box. Hazardous woods and fescue gobble stray shots on both sides of the fairway. Short approaches usually scoot forward onto the green, which is guarded by sand on the left and a grass bunker on the right.
The first of two back-nine par 5 holes, #14 features our iconic bridge spanning McMichael Creek, where golfers will often spot fisherman walking along the creek bed, which is dotted by golf balls. Key to making par is covering the creek with your second shot. Approach the green from the right side of the fairway for the best chance at a feather.
Now rated as the toughest hole on the back nine, #15 features a tee shot through a narrow gap in the trees over McMichael Creek to a wide fairway. Your round can quickly become a day at the beach with sand surrounding the green. Most challenging is the front bunker, which requires your approach to carry to the green, unless fortune smiles on a ball tumbling through the sand.
The final par 3 at The Brook challenges golfers off the tee. Hit to the right, you're in the woods. Hit to the left, your ball will nestle in the high grass. Hit short, your ball rolls back down the steep hill in front of the putting surface. If you find yourself wary of the sand shot, try a local trick -- putt right out of the trap and onto the green.
#17 can be a birdie bonanza with an accurate tee shot. The top of the crested fairway provides a tempting view of the green, but beware wooded areas along both sides. Everything bounces to the right. Aim approach shots to the left to take advantage of the slope of the hill and to avoid the deep sand bunker to the right of the green. A ridge running through the front right quadrant of the green can provide tricky reads for both novice and experienced players.
What better way to finish your round than with a hole where risk meets reward so nicely. Long hitters can have a short wedge to the green with an accurate shot over water and a grassy ravine. Pond and fescue lurk to the left. White soldiers stand tall to the right, guarding the asphalt where driver dreams go to die. Put it in the fairway and birdie becomes a possibility. Spray your tee shot and finish your day with a snowman.