Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 3rd
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Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 3rd
The third hole on The General Course at Eagle Ridge is the first of four memorable par 3s. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
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Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 1st green
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Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 1st green
The first green on The General at Eagle Ridge is typical for this Roger Packard-Andy North design: large, minimal break but trouble on multiple sides. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 8th
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Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 8th
The eighth green on The General at Eagle Ridge is set into an amphitheater of limestone. Don't go long! Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 14th
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Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 14th
The 357-yard, par-4 14th on The General at Eagle Ridge is the most fun you can legally have on a golf course. It feels like your drive will never land! Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
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Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 11th
Don't miss the green on the 163-yard 11th hole on The General at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, Ill. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 9th
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Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 9th
The tee shot on The General's 410-yard ninth is daunting but fair, like all of the tee shots on this outstanding resort course. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - North golf course - 5th
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Eagle Ridge - North golf course - 5th
The 508-yard fifth hole on the North Course at Eagle Ridge is a classic, woodland, bottleneck par 5. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - North golf course - 7th
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Eagle Ridge - North golf course - 7th
The 402-yard seventh hole on the North Course at Eagle Ridge culminates in a green overlooking Lake Galena. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - North golf course - no. 8
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Eagle Ridge - North golf course - no. 8
The downhill, 165-yard eighth hole on the North Course at Eagle Ridge is one of the prettiest short holes in Illinois. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - North golf course - 16th
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Eagle Ridge - North golf course - 16th
The 180-yard 16th hole on the North Course at Eagle Ridge is a stout three-shotter. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - South golf course - 7th
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Eagle Ridge - South golf course - 7th
The green at the par-3 seventh on the South Course at Eagle Ridge is typical for the Roger Packard design: trouble just off one or more edges. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - South golf course - 9th
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Eagle Ridge - South golf course - 9th
The greens on the South Course at Eagle Ridge are large and break very little, just like the greens on the North and General. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - South golf course - 12th
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Eagle Ridge - South golf course - 12th
The 12th green on the South Course at Eagle Ridge requires you to be in a good spot in the fairway to have the best chance of hitting it and avoiding the trouble. Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor
Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 6th
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Eagle Ridge - General golf course - 6th
The large green at the end of the uphill, 505-yard, par-5 sixth hole on The General at Eagle Ridge is receptive and forgiving, if you can reach it in two (or three). Kiel Christianson/GolfAdvisor

Revamped Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena remains Illinois' top golf vacation spot

GALENA, Ill. -- Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is unique both as a golf resort and as a vacation destination -- there is simply nothing else like it in Illinois.

Situated in the scenic, rolling hills of the far northwest corner of Illinois, Eagle Ridge boasts three 18-hole golf courses and one nine-hole course. Each track features dramatic vistas and demanding-yet-inspiring tee shots. And the town of Galena, which was arguably far more important in mid-19th-century U.S. history than Chicago, draws shoppers, foodies, and history buffs by the score to its quaint streets.

Eagle Ridge's North Course (opened in 1977, 6,875 yards, par 72) and the South Course (opened in 1984, 6,762 yards, par 72) are solo Roger Packard designs, and the executive East Course (opened in 1991, 2,648 yards, par 34) took shape with input from Packard and resort golf staff.

The resort's centerpiece course is The General (opened in 1997, 6,820 yards, par 72), and is a Roger Packard–Andy North collaboration. The General is regularly found on national lists of top resort and public courses, and is ranked as one of the top public golf courses in Illinois . It is every bit as undulating as the North and the South Courses, but presents fewer blind tee and approach shots than those older tracks, and therefore offers one visually impressive (and slightly intimidating) hole after another.

As of June, 2013, new management at Eagle Ridge set about returning all of the courses and facilities of Illinois' original golf resort to its former predominance. In particular, swaths of native grasses and scrub, which had grown up over the decades to encroach into sight lines and fairways, have been cleared out, allowing far more freedom off of all tees. Fairways and greens have been continually improved and conditioned, and are once again tournament quality.

And of course, throughout the resort (and town) you'll find the famous Midwestern hospitality that will make you feel as welcome and important as Galena's most famous resident, Ulysses S. Grant.

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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