Harborside International - Port :

Chicago's challenging links-style facility is a real treat.

Built on top of an old landfill beside Lake Calumet in south Chicago, this 36 hole links-style facility is such a welcome treat for design and value. Blessed with a blank canvass to create the routings, Dick Nugent blended mounding, elevation change, creative, expansive bunkering and the shoreline to present the Port and Starboard courses. Opened in 1995 The Port course is a formidable test from the first to the last shot. Presenting fairways lined with nasty, foul rough and huge bunkers, controlling your shot, for both distance and placement are a must. However the treeless layout is at the mercy of the winds ever-present in the “Windy City.” With the nautical theme carried throughout the facility, Harborside is a challenge, great value and a whole lot of fun to experience.

Course Stats:

Par 72, 5164 - 7123 yards, rated 69.4 -74.8, slope rating 124 -136

Public daily fee access


Chicago, Illinois


Editor's Shot Makers Picks:

Hole 15   Hole 16   Hole 17  
Par 3 HCP 16 Par 4 HCP 4 Par 3 HCP 10
Red 134 Red 286 Red 291
White 169 White 324 White 337
Blue 192 Blue 359 Blue 375
Gold 216 Gold 389 Gold 407


Feature Holes Descriptions:

This layout has plenty of teeth throughout, but at a course named Harborside how can you not focus attention to those holes playing along the shoreline. Holes 15 - 17, aptly monikered, Anchor, Land’s End and Beach are a stretch to be feared if you are protecting a score on the way to the clubhouse. Hole 15 shows off  Nugent’s creative side with a monstrous green fronted by a huge grassy anchor surrounded by deep sand. The wrong part of the green from the pin will require a wedge, not a putter. Sixteen is the first true water hole and plays downhill toward the lake. Depending how daring you are, driver might not be the play to this sloping fairway. Anything hit left at the green will find the harbor. Beach, Hole 17, is an uphill dogleg left playing over a huge beach bunker. The smart play is straight out, but if you feel like a brute, try to cut off as much as you can to shorten the second short.


Harborside International Golf Center,

111th Street & I94.

Chicago, IL 60628