Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 4
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 4
The green complexes at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread were all rebuilt by Rees Jones in the renovation, bringing them up to USGA specs in hopes of winning a U.S. Open bid. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 11
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 11
The new back tees on the 611-yard 11th at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread bring the fairway bunkers back into play for better players. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread is certainly tree lined, but for the most part, it allows players to locate wayward shots and, if they are skilled and/or lucky, recover to save no worse than bogey. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 16
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 16
The 456-yard 16th on Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread presents a tricky tee shot, left-to-right around dense woods. For most, a fairway wood will be plenty, as position is critical to have a good line on the approach. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 4
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 4
The fourth on Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread was originally a 360-yard par 4. After Rees Jones' renovation, it is a 462-yard behemoth with trees right and left and usually into the wind. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 7
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 7
The 431-yard seventh on Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread features a new pond on the inside corner of the dogleg. Despite lots of fairway to the left of the pond, the water seems to lure tee shots into it. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 8
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 8
The green of Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread's eighth hole is guarded by diabolical bunkers both right and left of the approach. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Dubsdread course at Cog Hill - hole 8
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Dubsdread course at Cog Hill - hole 8
The eighth on Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread can play at nearly 400 yards or can be shortened to a challenging, driveable par 4. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 13
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 13
The 480-yard, par-4 13th on Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread was changed dramatically in the renovation by Rees Jones. The original ravine in front of the green that had been filled in the early 1970s was dug back out. Courtesy of BMW
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 14
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 14
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread's 215-yard 14th is a local favorite. Just be sure to watch your language on the tee (note the convent prayer house just up the hill from the back tees). Courtesy of BMW
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 18
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 18
The green of the 494-yard, par-4 18th on Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread: You can almost hear the U.S. Open gallery. Courtesy of BMW
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 6
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 6
The 240-yard sixth on Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread is well guarded by a veritable beach-full of sand. Courtesy of BMW
Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 9
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Dubsdread golf course at Cog Hill - hole 9
The 613-yard ninth hole at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread requires three solid shots to even have a chance at par. Courtesy of BMW
Camilo Villegas and Rees Jones at Dubsdread
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Camilo Villegas and Rees Jones at Dubsdread
Camilo Villegas and "Open Doctor" Rees Jones drive a BMW through the ribbon at the ceremonial grand re-opening of Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
Camilo Villegas at Cog Hill
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Camilo Villegas at Cog Hill
2008 BMW Championship winner Camilo Villegas was on hand for the grand re-opening of Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread. Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor

Cog Hill Golf & Country Club's Dubsdread in Lemont

LEMONT, Ill. -- Cog Hill Golf & Country Club is a 72-hole daily fee facility, the centerpiece of which is No. 4, Dubsdread, which is also the premier public golf course in Illinois.

After being closed to play in 2008 for renovation, Dubsdread re-opened in 2009 to great expectations. In fact, the facelift by "Open Doctor" Rees Jones may well have elevated Dubsdread to "U.S. Open venue."

Until then, though, Dubsdread will host the PGA Tour's BMW Championship, a key tournament in the year-ending FedEx Cup playoff. And, of course, it will be open to the public for daily-fee play, for a reasonable $150 per round, with cart.

The redesign of Dubsdread allows the golf course to now play from 5,441 yards all the way up to 7,554 yards. Jones removed many shorter fairway bunkers to allow average players to have more fun, while adding or moving bunkers farther back off the tee to challenge better players. The green complexes also were brought back in line with the original Dick Wilson and Joe Lee design.

Best of all, though, Dubsdread is a very difficult golf course that still lets average golfers play: Even the most wayward shots can usually be found and recovered from - but, of course, most of the time, the stray shots will cost you at least a stroke.

In short, Dubsdread is one of the great, classic public golf courses in America - and someday, it just might be a U.S. Open venue.

Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.
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I will make a prediction: "Open Doctor" Rees Jones' facelift, with an eye toward both daily-fee golfers and a U.S. Open, has easily vaulted Dubsdread at Cog Hill into the top 10 of Golf Digest's ranking of America's top public courses. Golfers in the Chicago-land area are truly blessed to have Dubsdread at their back door.
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