Getting To Know: Boulder Ridge Country Club
An Insightful Interview With Jim Dziekan, CCM, General Manager
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Jim Dziekan, CCM who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
From it's gracefully curving fairways to it's immaculately manicured greens, the Boulder Ridge golf course bears the unmistakable mark of a champion.
That champion is Fuzzy Zoeller, former winner of the Masters and US Open, who has lent his personal touch to this spectacular 27 hole course.
It was Fuzzy's personal philosophy, which guided Lohmann Golf Design in the creation of Boulder Ridge's par 72 course. Sculpted out of the Illinois heartland, this 7,000 yard private course pays tribute to the game through its respect for both nature and golfer alike.
Each hole features multiple tee locations attracting players of all levels. Paved tee-to-green cart paths weave throughout the entire course, while strategically placed bunkers enhance the landscape, as well as the game.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
What makes a good golf course truly great? According to Fuzzy, a course must be flexible enough to equally challenge both amateur and professional. It must be as beautiful to look at as it is to play. The course must be spacious and wide open, with water providing a refreshing backdrop rather than a frustrating hazard. And above all, a great golf course must withstand the test of time, providing a golfer as much enjoyment on his or her fiftieth outing as it did on the very first.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Tee shot placement on par 4's and 5's is critical and make sure approach shots are below the hole.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole number 6 is a very interesting risk reward hole. This par 4 features a split fairway with bunkers in the center. A tee shot to the right fairway sets up a shorter approach shot into the green. However your drive must carry water and the right side of the fairway is flanked by water all the way to the green. A tee shot to the left fairway takes away the water carry off the tee but leaves you with a much longer approach shot. Depending on placement off the tee, you can be left with a 185 to 200 yard shot into the green.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is #3, a make-able par 4. Avoid the fairway bunker on the left and depending on pin location, make sure you are below the cup otherwise the sloped green makes for a very difficult putt.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Boulder Ridge Country Club has a fantastic chef. Todd Weber has been the executive chef since 2005. Everything on the menu is delicious. the steaks, chops and fresh fish are all expertly prepared. To be honest with you, the two items we receive more compliments on are the soups and the burgers.
Check out the Boulder Ridge blog site or our facebook page where you can find many U-tube videos on how to prepare the club's many signature cocktails and dishes.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Men's Course Record - Jerry Modlinski, shot a 66 on May 11, 2011
Women's course Record, Pat McGough, shot a 70 on August 21, 2008
Back Tee Stats
Boulder Ridge Country Club
350 Boulder Drive
Lake in the Hills, Illinois, 60156
Revised: 10/25/2016 - Article Viewed 18,902 Times - View Golf Course Profile
Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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