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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6726 yards
Slope 141
Rating 72.8

The General at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is the most well known of the resort's three championship golf courses. It has been ranked as one of the top 100 courses in the country. The rolling, wooded hills provide a dramatic setting for the course. 250 feet of elevation changes provide stunning views of three different states: Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The layout features tee boxes carved into hillsides and rolling fairways bordered by tall fescue and heather. Try to build up your score with the par 5s and par 3s while handling the tricky par 4s cautiously. The signature hole is the 14th. There is a 180-yard elevation change but it is still rather playable since it is a short, downhill par 4. In addition to the three championship golf courses, Eagle Ridge offers a nine-hole course as well that has the same great conditions and design.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6726 yards 72.8 141
Gold 72 6280 yards 70.7 136
White (W) 72 5917 yards 74.4 131
White 72 5917 yards 69.1 132
Jade 72 5240 yards 66.0 125
Jade (W) 72 5240 yards 70.7 123
Scorecard for The General
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.8/141 407 549 170 376 437 505 187 350 410 3391 396 163 499 442 357 190 398 370 520 3335 6726
Gold M: 70.7/136 378 528 143 354 418 479 130 306 390 3126 361 152 466 423 341 170 380 361 500 3154 6280
White M: 69.1/132 W: 74.4/131 346 501 133 325 396 459 107 280 376 2923 354 141 444 383 339 168 354 340 471 2994 5917
Jade M: 66.0/125 W: 70.7/123 285 452 106 298 350 436 86 225 315 2553 326 100 410 346 313 147 305 323 417 2687 5240
Handicap 10 8 18 14 2 6 12 16 4 5 17 13 1 15 9 11 3 7
Par 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Pennlinks Bent Grass
Greens Pennlinks Bent Grass
Golf Season April 16th - October 17th
Architect Andy North (1997) Roger Packard (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Reviews

4.4
32 Reviews (32)
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Handicap 10-14
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not worth $135

we played 4 different courses on our trip out to Galena: Wolf Hollow in Lena, the General, Eagle Ridge North, and Eagle Ridge South. The greens on the General were the slowest of the bunch. Not what you expect when you pay $135. Very depressing to hit a putt that goes half way to the hole.....uphill had nothing to do with it. we mentioned to the club cleaning guy at the end of the round; he says he hears this all the time. they refuse to do anything about it. go figure. I won't go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Chicago Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Eagle Ridge Resort (The General)

The Good: The crown jewel of the Eagle Ridge Resort, Roger Packard & Andy North's track has more of an northern Michigan feel than western Illinois. Rugged design has impressive vistas and elevation changes, with some eye-popping Par 4's and Par 5's. Fantastic course conditions and excellent, large undulating greens. Very nice clubhouse with locker rooms and a full gourmet restaurant. Superb staff will get your day started off great and monitor pace of play. Guest and replay rates are very good.

The Bad: Fairways can be a little too moist. No driving range or short game practice area on-site is a huge minus given the quality of course. No GPS. Too many forced carries and small targets for the mid-high handicapper. Rates at nearly $150 for public play is a little steep. Par 3's aren't overly memorable.

The Verdict: "The General" is a Top 5 public golf course in Illinois. One could argue with better practice facilities it could be the most complete golf experience in the state.

Best Hole(s): The Par 5 6th is mesmerizing with a theater of woodlands engulfing the hole. The Par 4 #13 is an absolute brute with a great view of the Galena territory in the background.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

What amenities?????

This course is supposed to be the cream of the crop. When you pay $135 to play golf you expect high quality treatment from the starter, rangers, on course beverage/food cart, yardage indicators, etc. When we booked our tee time, the starter neglected to inform there was a play day ahead of us to the sum of 8 4-somes. We never would have played. It took 6 hours to play 18 holes on a course that had one drink cart who quit that day and did not have a ranger on the course to monitor pace of play. We watched all day as the playday searched in 4 foot grass 30 yards off the tee on a hole to hole basis, leave trash on the course, damage the course, etc. I will never play any course at Eagle Ridge in Galena, IL again. I highly recommend Lacoma golf course in East Dubucque, IL and Woodbine Bend Golf Course just west of Stockton, IL. Everything you expect for your dollar is accounted for at these clubs.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Gem of a Course

Truly a gem, The General course is cut through the beautiful, rolling hills of Galena. Spread out nicely, the course really takes advantage of its landscape. It's hard to believe you're even in Illinois while on this course. Conditions were good but not excellent and for over $100 a round I would expect pristine. None-the-less the course is beautiful.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best course in Eagle Ridge. Golfnow made it possible to play the course without costing me alot of money.

One of my favorite courses! Challenging with incredible scenery. A must play if staying at Eagle Ridge.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Views!

I have heard people refer to the General as "gimmicky" with some of the holes being a little extreme with elevation and a few blind tee shots. I am not a golf course design expert, but I think it is a beautiful course with some spectacular views/holes. It's a little costly but deals can be had if you stay at the resort or look on Golfnow. The General can be challenging but not overwhelming. And if you find the general too tough, head to the North course, which has some great views of Lake Galena and tends to eat a few less golf balls. Both courses are definitely worth playing and gorgeous in the fall!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course with terrific vistas

Great views and vistas with very challenging holes interspersed with manageable holes. When you are done you will feel a satisfaction if you shot a decent score. Greens are quick with a lot of undulation so get your ball in the correct spot and your score will benefit mightily! Flat lies are basically a rumor so learn to play with the ball well above or below your feet or else! One of our favorite layouts.

GW Johnson

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, kind of pricey though.

Played the course as a single on a Friday AM - teed off at 9 AM and played behind a twosome. Played two balls and sometimes three when time permitted. Greens were incredible! Rolled like a pool table top - took a little getting used to but i adjusted quickly. The conditions were great, and the views outstanding. The rate was reduced by 30% because i was staying at the resort and was $100 as a result. That's kinda pricey for me but i had a $75 gift card so it was much more palatable. I would love to play the course again, but probably would play twilight so that the rate isn't so expensive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best course in Illinois!

The General is a fine example of outstanding golf. Even though it rained the day proceeding our arrival, the course was in great shape (cart path only). I have played several other notable courses in Illinois including Cog Hill & Weaver Ridge and The General continues to amaze and impress, truly earning its status as a Top 100 course. The greens roll fast, but true, and generally speaking have less break than you would think. The elevation changes often with most holes playing significantly uphill or downhill. A special note of interest: the carts are basic and do not include GPS or a ball/club cleaner (which I would expect from a course of this caliber). Definitely a course to be enjoyed by the straighter hitters as hitting in the rough will often result in a lost ball or an unplayable lie. Very challenging tee to green, but with four levels of tee boxes I believe this course could be enjoyed by the intermediate to expert golfer. If you are a beginner or consider yourself a novice, definitely add this to your bucket list, but do not attempt to play until you get better!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth a trip

We called to see if we could get out earlier and they were very accommodating and got us out 1 1/2 hours early. Tee boxes on par 3s were a little rough but this late in the year it's understandable. Overall a great experience.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

one of the most beautiful courses in the country. First class condition and service

We got a great price through Golf now and drove all the way from Chicago to play this course. It was worth it. A course that gives the impression of being a brute, but any level of golfer can enjoy this course if they choose the right tees.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A marvel of engineering and design

I gotta say, they spent a few bucks with the heavy equipment carving some picturesque terrain into an awesome visual display. And that may be the toughest part of the course, ignoring the scenery long enough to concentrate on your golf shot. (I birdied 3 holes, got pars on 5-6 more and still shot 94!). So if you stay on the course it's not very difficult, but most stray shots will never be seen again.
11 and 14 get all the ink, but I just loved #17. Iintimidating drive, tough up hill approach, and tiered green. 9, 10, and 18 are also pretty driving holes. Like I said the views will 'drive you to distraction!'

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

This General is 5 Stars!

All of the Eagle Ridge courses are fantastic and fun to play, but The General remains the crowning glory of Galena. I played The General many years ago and finally made a trip back specifically to play this course. Known for its difficulty, The General provides tremendous experience from all of the tee boxes. However, if you are visiting Galena and are not a serious golfer, stick to the North and East courses because the General and the South courses are far more difficult. The views are stunning, the greens rolled perfectly and were very fast which I enjoy (some may not) and we played early so the round was fast. No hole is alike with undulating fairways and dense brush, but if you are able to hit the fairway you are left with a chance at par, but birdies are rare. Some holes plunge hundreds of feet down into the forest, some bend around some water and through limestone bluffs. We played at 7am and morning sun was just spectacular...bring your camera and your A-game, you'll need it. This is truly one of the best courses in the Midwest, and perhaps the country. The General is well worth the price and it is a round you will never forget. This is golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

The General was a great course with lots of variety in holes. Only complaint was that greens were a little slow. Oh and plan to bring a couple extra balls

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

If you love elevation changes then this is the place for you!

Great mix of left to right and right to left holes as well as downhill and uphill shots. Greens roll very true and hold really well. Some of the tees were a bit over used but overall this is a great golfing experience.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

challenging

this course is very challenging. the views are awesome i'm looking forward to golfing here again this was my 1st time playing this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The General deserves five stars !

Spectacular course from start to finish. Great elevation changes and superb conditions. Very challenging course with no two holes alike. Bring your camera as most holes are worth a photo stop.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

tests your every shot, great course

Target golf for the thinking player, in every aspect, from tee to green. Not for the faint of heart. Keeps you thinking, from the #1 tee, to the 18th green. Fantastic.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

A must play if your in the Galena area recommend best ball if your golfing with couples you'll enjoy the course more.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Quite Tight

This course is challenging. If you like a high risk high reward course this is the course for you. It is a very tight course. If you have a hard time staying in the middle with your tee shot you better bring about a dozen balls.The greens run fast and true. This course has multiple holes that have elevation changes including their signature hole 14 which is 18 stories above the green. This course is incredibly beautiful with trees throughout the course at one point you can see three states Iowa Illinois and Wisconsin from the tee box. Only downfall of this course is as there is no driving range at the General we asked the attendant when we first got there there was a range and she said no we don't have one at this course. Great track!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
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