Illinois Adventure #1601 “Weaver Ridge Golf Course”
Illinois Adventure #1601 “Weaver Ridge Golf Course”


THERE IS A GOLF
COURSE THAT DISPELS A NOTION OF COURSE THAT DISPELS A NOTION OF
CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLATNESS, AS WE CENTRAL ILLINOIS FLATNESS, AS WE
DISCOVERED AT THE HILLS AND DISCOVERED AT THE HILLS AND
WOODED VALLEYS OF THE WEAVER WOODED VALLEYS OF THE WEAVER
RIDGE GOLF COURSE IN PEORIA. RIDGE GOLF COURSE IN PEORIA.
WE ARE A CHAMPIONSHIP 18 HOLE WE ARE A CHAMPIONSHIP 18 HOLE
GOLF COURSE. GOLF COURSE.
IT SITS ON 220 ACRES, 18 HOLES IT SITS ON 220 ACRES, 18 HOLES
OF GOLF. OF GOLF.
WE HAVE A LOT OF TOPOGRAPHY WE HAVE A LOT OF TOPOGRAPHY
CHANGE HERE IN THAT WE HAVE CHANGE HERE IN THAT WE HAVE
SEVERAL HOLES THAT WHEN YOU ARE SEVERAL HOLES THAT WHEN YOU ARE
HITTING OFF THE TEE, YOU ARE A HITTING OFF THE TEE, YOU ARE A
HUNDRED FEET ABOVE THE LANDING HUNDRED FEET ABOVE THE LANDING
AREA WHICH IS KIND OF UNUSUAL AREA WHICH IS KIND OF UNUSUAL
FOR CENTRAL ILLINOIS. FOR CENTRAL ILLINOIS.
PAR 312TH HOLE IS ONE OF THE PAR 312TH HOLE IS ONE OF THE
SIGNATURE HOLES HERE AT WEAVER SIGNATURE HOLES HERE AT WEAVER
RIDGE. RIDGE.
I SAY ONE OF BECAUSE THERE ARE I SAY ONE OF BECAUSE THERE ARE
SO MANY. SO MANY.
THE ELEVATION CHANGE FROM TOP TO THE ELEVATION CHANGE FROM TOP TO
BOTTOM IS DRAMATIC AND MAKES BOTTOM IS DRAMATIC AND MAKES
CLUB CHOICE A LITTLE TRICKY. CLUB CHOICE A LITTLE TRICKY.
WITH THE WINDS AND THE SWIRLING WITH THE WINDS AND THE SWIRLING
THAT CAN HAD HAPPEN WITH THE THAT CAN HAD HAPPEN WITH THE
BALL STAYING UP IN THE AIR SO BALL STAYING UP IN THE AIR SO
LONG, YOU REALLY HAVE TO CONTROL LONG, YOU REALLY HAVE TO CONTROL
YOUR TRAJECTORY WELL, AND ANY YOUR TRAJECTORY WELL, AND ANY
BALL ON THE GREEN WAS A GOOD BALL ON THE GREEN WAS A GOOD
SHOT ON THAT HOLE. SHOT ON THAT HOLE.
THE FIRST YEAR WE OPENED, THE THE FIRST YEAR WE OPENED, THE
GOLF DIGEST RATES ALL NEW GOLF DIGEST RATES ALL NEW
COURSES, AB THEY RATED US NUMBER COURSES, AB THEY RATED US NUMBER
TWO NEW DAILY FEE UPSCALE TWO NEW DAILY FEE UPSCALE
COURSE. COURSE.
SINCE THEN, GOLF DIGEST HAS BEEN SINCE THEN, GOLF DIGEST HAS BEEN
VERY KIND TO US, IN THAT THREE VERY KIND TO US, IN THAT THREE
YEARS AGO, THEY RATED US ONE OF YEARS AGO, THEY RATED US ONE OF
204 PLACES TO PLAY IN NORTH 204 PLACES TO PLAY IN NORTH
AMERICA, AND THIS LAST YEAR, AMERICA, AND THIS LAST YEAR,
THEY RATED US IN THE TOP ONE THEY RATED US IN THE TOP ONE
HUNDRED PUBLIC COURSES IN THE HUNDRED PUBLIC COURSES IN THE
UNITED STATES. THE TENTH HOLE IS A GREAT HOLE
TO START OFFENSE THE BACK NINE, TO START OFFENSE THE BACK NINE,
IT IS GIVING AWE GREAT VIEW. IT IS GIVING AWE GREAT VIEW.
THE APOACH IN THE GREEN IS THE APOACH IN THE GREEN IS
WELL GUARDED, FAIRLY NARROW WELL GUARDED, FAIRLY NARROW
GREENS. GREENS.
THE TEE SHOT, YOU HAVE TO BITE THE TEE SHOT, YOU HAVE TO BITE
OFF A LITTLE BIT MORE AS IT GETS OFF A LITTLE BIT MORE AS IT GETS
NARROWER AND SHAPES OFF TO THE NARROWER AND SHAPES OFF TO THE
RIGHT OR DO YOU ARE PLAY SAFER RIGHT OR DO YOU ARE PLAY SAFER
WITH A LONGER SHOT IN? WITH A LONGER SHOT IN?
SOME PLAYERS MAY ELECT TO MAKE SOME PLAYERS MAY ELECT TO MAKE
IT A THREE SHOT HOLE. IT A THREE SHOT HOLE.
BETTER PLAYERS WILL TAKE THAT BETTER PLAYERS WILL TAKE THAT
CHANCE AND TRY TO THROW ONE IN CHANCE AND TRY TO THROW ONE IN
CLOSE. CLOSE.
GREENS HAVE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF GREENS HAVE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF
SHAME AN JEW LATION. SHAME AN JEW LATION.
BUNKERING FITS THEM WELL AND BUNKERING FITS THEM WELL AND
SETS UP GREAT RISK SHOTS FROM SETS UP GREAT RISK SHOTS FROM
THE FAIRWAY. THE FAIRWAY.
THE GREENS HAVE A LOT OF SLOPE. THE GREENS HAVE A LOT OF SLOPE.
THERE IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL CIRCLE THERE IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL CIRCLE
TYPE GREEN. THERE IS ALL TYPE GREEN. THERE IS ALL
DIFFERENT SHAPES, SIZE, SLOPES DIFFERENT SHAPES, SIZE, SLOPES
TO THEM. TO THEM.
OUR GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT WAS OUR GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT WAS
MIKE HERZEN AND DANA FRY FROM MIKE HERZEN AND DANA FRY FROM
COLUMBUS OHIO. COLUMBUS OHIO.
A COUPLE YEARS BEFORE WE A COUPLE YEARS BEFORE WE
EMPLOYED THEM TO DO OUR COURSE, EMPLOYED THEM TO DO OUR COURSE,
THEY HAD A COUPLE COURSES IN THEY HAD A COUPLE COURSES IN
CANADA THAT WERE THE NUMBER ONE CANADA THAT WERE THE NUMBER ONE
AND NUMBER THREE COURSES, PUBLIC AND NUMBER THREE COURSES, PUBLIC
COURSES IN CANADA. COURSES IN CANADA.
PEOPLE THAT PLAY OUR COURSE PEOPLE THAT PLAY OUR COURSE
REALIZED THAT AS YOU ARE LOOKING REALIZED THAT AS YOU ARE LOOKING
DOWN A FAIRWAY, YOU CAN ALWAYS DOWN A FAIRWAY, YOU CAN ALWAYS
SEE WHERE YOUR BALL LANDS. SEE WHERE YOUR BALL LANDS.
IT IS ALSO SHAPED OUT IN THAT IT IT IS ALSO SHAPED OUT IN THAT IT
IS KIND OF A BOWL EFFECT IN THAT IS KIND OF A BOWL EFFECT IN THAT
YOUR BALL USUALLY DOESN’T GET YOUR BALL USUALLY DOESN’T GET
AWAY FROM YOU WHEN IT GOES TO AWAY FROM YOU WHEN IT GOES TO
ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER. ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER.
IT STAYS, IT STAYS IN PLAY. IT STAYS, IT STAYS IN PLAY.
FAIRWAYS ARE VERY WIDE. FAIRWAYS ARE VERY WIDE.
WE HAVE A LARGE GREEN. WE HAVE A LARGE GREEN.
THIS IS A COURSE WHEN THEY THIS IS A COURSE WHEN THEY
DESIGNED IT, DANA ALSO SAID HE DESIGNED IT, DANA ALSO SAID HE
WANTED IT TO LOOK TOUGH AND PLAY WANTED IT TO LOOK TOUGH AND PLAY
EASY. EASY.
FROM OUR BACK TEE, OVER FROM OUR BACK TEE, OVER
7,000 YARDS WHICH IS QUITE A 7,000 YARDS WHICH IS QUITE A
WAYS, YOU HAVE TO BE A GOOD WAYS, YOU HAVE TO BE A GOOD
GOLFER TO HIT INTEREST BACK GOLFER TO HIT INTEREST BACK
THERE. THERE.
WE HAVE FIVE SETS OF TEES, WHICH WE HAVE FIVE SETS OF TEES, WHICH
IS USUAL. IS USUAL.
MOST ONLY HAVE THREE. MOST ONLY HAVE THREE.
OUR IN ORDER TEES, ONLY OUR IN ORDER TEES, ONLY
5,000 YARDS THAT YOU WOULD PLAY 5,000 YARDS THAT YOU WOULD PLAY
SOME. SOME.
>>18TH IS A GREAT FINISHING>>18TH IS A GREAT FINISHING
HOLE, IT IS A PAR FIVE. HOLE, IT IS A PAR FIVE.
IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO FINISH IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO FINISH
OFF WITH A BIRDIE. OFF WITH A BIRDIE.
DEPENDING HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO DEPENDING HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO
BITE OFF AND WHAT TEES ARE YOU BITE OFF AND WHAT TEES ARE YOU
PLAYING, SOME PLAYERS WANT TO PLAYING, SOME PLAYERS WANT TO
KNOCK IT OVER THE CREEK THAT KNOCK IT OVER THE CREEK THAT
RUNS THROUGHOUT FAIRWAY, AND RUNS THROUGHOUT FAIRWAY, AND
OTHERS FORCE TO LAY BACK AND OTHERS FORCE TO LAY BACK AND
MAKE IT TRADITIONAL THREE SHOT MAKE IT TRADITIONAL THREE SHOT
HOLE. HOLE.
BUT EVEN FOR THE LONGER PLAYERS BUT EVEN FOR THE LONGER PLAYERS
WHO TRY TO KNOCK IT ON IN TWO, WHO TRY TO KNOCK IT ON IN TWO,
IT IS WELL GUARDED BY THE IT IS WELL GUARDED BY THE
BUNKERS. BUNKERS.
I THINK THE BEAUTY OF WEAVER I THINK THE BEAUTY OF WEAVER
RIDGE IS IT IS A GOLF COURSE FOR RIDGE IS IT IS A GOLF COURSE FOR
EVERYBODY, FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS. EVERYBODY, FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS.
THE SCENERY IS SOMEWHAT THE SCENERY IS SOMEWHAT
INTIMIDATING BECAUSE OF THE INTIMIDATING BECAUSE OF THE
TREES AND ELEVATION CHANGES. TREES AND ELEVATION CHANGES.
BUT THE GOLF COURSE IS FAIRLY BUT THE GOLF COURSE IS FAIRLY
FRIENDLY. FRIENDLY.
ALL THE WAY THROUGHOUT GOLF ALL THE WAY THROUGHOUT GOLF
COURSE, THERE IS NOT A BAD HOLE COURSE, THERE IS NOT A BAD HOLE
OUT THERE. EVERYONE, YOU LEAVE OUT THERE. EVERYONE, YOU LEAVE
HERE REMEMBERING JUST ABOUT HERE REMEMBERING JUST ABOUT
EVERY HOLE, EVERY HOLE STANDING EVERY HOLE, EVERY HOLE STANDING
OUT AND MAKING IMPRESSION ON OUT AND MAKING IMPRESSION ON
YOU, SO IT IS HARD TO PICK JUST YOU, SO IT IS HARD TO PICK JUST
ONE. TO REACH THE WEAVER RIDGE GOLF
CLUB CALL THEM AT (309)690-4048 CLUB CALL THEM AT (309)690-4048
OR GO TO THEIR WEB SITE AT WWW OR GO TO THEIR WEB SITE AT WWW
WEAVERRIDGE.COM.

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