In a feature article by Reid Hanley in the May/June Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) magazine, Aldeen Golf Club is included as one of the CDGAs toughest 25 public golf courses, called Chicagos Bears.
According to the article, The course rating is what a scratch golfer should shoot, said John Petrarea, director of course rating and administration for the CDGA. Slope is really a comparison between the scratch and the bogey golfer. What that tells you is how difficult a course is for the bogey player. The course rating is what your handicap is based on. Slope is relative difficulty for the bogey golfer. If the slope is high, its more difficult for everybody but more difficult for the bogey golfer.
On the lists of the CDGAs toughest-rated 25 public courses, Bon Vivant and Cog Hill lead the list, with Aldeen Golf Club ranked at No. 24, with gold tees rating 74.2, the slope factor 134, and yards 7,131.
According to Duncan Geddes, PGA Professional at Aldeen Golf Club: This confirms what weve known for some time; that is that Aldeen is a very challenging course! We are always pleased to be included with these other high-quality public facilities. These are truly championship courses, some of which have hosted PGA tour events. Aldeen Golf Club is in excellent company!
Aldeen Golf Club was recognized as one of the top 50 public golf courses in the United States one can play for less than $50 by Golf magazine, and was awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest magazine. Aldeen Golf Club & Practice Centre is owned and managed by the Rockford Park District, and is at 1902 Reid Farm Rd., Rockford.
From the June 14-20, 2006, issue