INGERSOLL GOLF COURSE
Built in 1922 and designed by Thomas M. Bendelow, this old Rockford favorite was named for Lt. Clayton Ingersoll, who lost his life in an air crash in France during World War I. Located on Rockford’s far west side, it was selected by Tiger Woods as the host facility for the Tiger Woods Foundation’s thrilling two-day golf clinics for kids in 2001 and 2004. Like Rockton’s Macktown, what Ingersoll lacks in length it more than makes up for in tightly tree lined fairways and postage-stamp greens. Ingersoll is a classic example of early 1900s parklands golf architecture. The lovely clubhouse features a shaded practice range out back and, in 2004, the Rockford Park District added the Ingersoll Learning Links, a four-hole, par three course with a practice range, greens and bunkers just for children. Par 71, 6,107 yards from the back tees, rating: 68.9, slope: 111. Call 815-987-8834.
101 Daisyfield Road, Rockford, IL 61102 - Directions
Website: Ingersoll Golf Course
- practice facility
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#3. Rockford golfers know this 209 yard par 3 is one of the toughest in town. It’s all uphill, well-guarded by bunkers and overhanging tree limbs, and the green runs dramatically back down to the fairway. So, take the don’t underclub and take care to avoid hitting the ball above the hole and leaving yourself a downhill putt. Jail lurks behind the green and on both sides in various forms - hardpan rough, trees, bushes, cart paths and the like. Accuracy is necessary on #3 and all but the finest golfers should be very pleased, indeed, with a score of par. For mere mortals, bogey is nothing to be ashamed of, because this devilish par 3 has a nasty habit of playing like a short par 4.
#9. Ingersoll is known for being short and tight, and par 4 #9 is a delightful example of those characteristics. Only 329 from the back tee, it is drivable with a long fading tee short skirting the left side of the fairway - or a very high blast straight over the trees be a wasted shot chopping back into play from the trees, or struggling out of the fairway bunker 336 yards from the back tee. Fire at will with your driver if you wish - or hit a long iron to the fairway. The green is small and slopes dramatically back to front (not to mention into a bunker).
Blanket Tip for All Par 4s and 5s. With very few exceptions, there’s little to be gained by hitting driver at Ingersoll. At a total length of just over 6,700 yards, you won’t need the length and there’s a lot more trouble than you’d think in those big, heavily leafed trees lining just about every single fairway.