Some tour pros were critical of Rees Jones's remodeling of Cog Hill No. 4, insisting it's too hard for high handicappers. What did they expect? Its nickname is, after all, Dubsdread. And there are three easier courses at Cog Hill for high handicappers. Original owner Joe Jemsek wanted a ball-busting championship course when it was built back in the mid-1960s. Jones's renovation was true to the philosophy of original architect Dick Wilson, who liked to pinch fairways with bunkers and surround greens with more bunkers, all of them deep.
100 Greatest: Ranked for 36 years from 1967-'88 and 1991-2004.
Highest ranking: No. 40, 1999-2000.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked 190th, 2013-'14.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked since the inaugural edition in 2003.
Highest ranking: 8th, 2003-'04.
Previous ranking: 56th.
2023-'24 ranking: No. 65.
Best in State: Ranked 11th, 2015-'16. Ranked 12th, 2011-'14, 2017-'20. Ranked 13th 2021-'22.
2023-'24 ranking: 14th.