Known for its nickname—the Windy City—deep-dish pizza, breweries, and five-star private clubs, Chicago is an underrated destination for budding and avid golfers. You can play these daily-fee courses anywhere from within the city to its more picturesque outskirts. If you are traveling to Chicago for the first time, here are a few of its most renowned golf courses that you won’t want to miss.

Cantigny Golf Club - Wheaton

Not only is this golf club home to one of the most impressive courses in the country, but it is also famous for its fantastic facilities, delicious food, and breathtaking landscapes. Perfect for golf enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, this course boasts three nines with spectacular views of Chicago’s greatest lakes.

You can wind down with a burger and a mug of your favorite ale at the Cantigny outdoor patio, which overlooks the course in its entirety.

Harborside International’s Port Course - Chicago

Previously a landfill, Harborside International’s Port Course is the site of 36 challenging holes and Scottish-style links. Plus, the course is just within city limits, so you won’t have to worry about rushing back to walk Millennium Park if it’s on your itinerary.

Harborside’s windy conditions will give you a run for your money—if you’re up for the challenge, you may want to take along your most forgiving driver. Sitting atop one of Chicago’s highest points, you’ll get excellent views of the skyline and lake from here.

Harborside International’s Port Course

The Glen Club - Glenview

This upscale, private golf club has an impressive clubhouse and on-site accommodations that make it easy for visitors to access the course. This once Navy airbase is now home to challenging rolling berms, trees, and lush landscapes—perfect for a four-hour ride with your most expensive golf club.

Corporate groups can make the most of its luxurious 48,000 square foot clubhouse where you can wine and dine in a beautifully decorated grand ballroom. You can even take a stroll through the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame if you want to squeeze in a history lesson.

The Glen Club

Cog Hill Golf & Country Club - Lemont

Over 90-years-old, the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club is occasionally the famed PGA Tour and BMW Championship site. Budding golfers can improve their swing and skill over a variety of course difficulties at this versatile club.

Keep in mind that there are over a hundred bunkers on this course, which means packing a sand wedge and handicapper before your Chicago trip is a must!

Cog Hill

Stonewall Orchard Golf Club - Grayslake

If you’re one to get your daily dose of nature, the Stonewall Orchard Golf Club is the place to be. Nestled in this serene, untouched landscape north of Chicago, you can play a tranquil round of golf surrounded by over 60,000 trees.

It is also sometimes a US Open qualifying site, so don’t forget to visit when the season rolls around—you may lock eyes with a star athlete or two.

The Bottom Line

Whether heading to Chicago to enjoy a quintessential holiday barbecue with your family or grace one of its popular landmarks, you can’t miss a trip to the golf course. You never know when one of these impressive courses will make it onto your itinerary!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer who loves to travel around the globe for golf. During his off times, he writes about golf on http://golfinfluence.com/. His enthusiasm for golf starts at an early age when his father brought him to a local golf course. For more tips and tricks about golf, Jordan has a lot to share on his site.

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LGBTQ+ Healthcare Issues

The Dobbs decision, otherwise known as the court case that overturned Roe v. Wade, has resulted in confusing medical situations for many patients. On top of affecting access to abortions for straight, cisgender women, it presents heightened risks for LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole. Flipping the switch on reproductive rights and privacy rights is a far-reaching act that makes quality care harder to find for an already underserved community.

As the fight against the Dobbs decision continues, it’s important to shed light on the full breadth of its impact. We’ll discuss specific ways that the decision can affect LGBTQ+ healthcare and offer strategies for overcoming these challenges.

How the Right to Bodily Privacy Affects LGBTQ+ Healthcare

When the original Roe v. Wade decision was made, the bodily privacy of people across the United States was protected. Now that bodily autonomy is no longer guaranteed, the LGBTQ+ community must brace itself for a potential loss of healthcare rights beyond abortions. This includes services like feminizing and masculinizing hormone therapy (particularly for transgender youth) that conservative lawmakers have been fighting against this year, as well as transition-related procedures. Without privacy, gender-affirming care may be difficult to access without documentation of sex as “proof” of gender.

As essential services for the LGBTQ+ community become more difficult to access, perhaps the most immediate effect we’ll see is eroding trust between healthcare providers and LGBTQ+ patients. When providers aren’t working in the best interest of patients — just like in cases of children and rape victims denied abortions — patients may further avoid preventative care in a community that already faces discrimination in doctor’s offices.

The Dobbs Decision Isn’t Just a Women’s Issue

While the Dobbs decision is often framed as a women's issue — specifically, one that affects cisgender women — it impacts the transgender and non-binary community just as much. All people who are capable of carrying a pregnancy to term have lost at least some ability to choose whether or not to give birth in the U.S.

For transgender and non-binary individuals, this decision comes with the added complexity of body dysmorphia. Without abortion rights, pregnant trans men and some non-binary people may be forced to see their bodies change, and be treated as women by healthcare providers and society as a result.

The Dobbs decision also opens up the possibility for government bodies to determine when life begins — and perhaps even to add legal protections for zygotes and embryos. This puts contraceptives at risk, which could make it more difficult to access gender-affirming care while getting the right contraceptives based on sex for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Overturning Reproductive Rights Puts IVF at Risk

Queer couples that dream of having their own children often have limited options beyond adoption. One such option is in vitro fertilization, or IVF, which involves implanting a fertilized egg into a uterus.

While IVF isn’t directly affected by the Dobbs decision, it could fall into a legal gray area depending on when states determine that life begins. Texas, for example, is already barring abortions as early as six weeks. To reduce embryo destruction, which often occurs when patients no longer want more children, limits could be placed on the number of eggs that can be frozen at once.

Any restrictions on IVF will also affect the availability of surrogacy as an option for building a family.

How Can LGBTQ+ Individuals Overcome Healthcare Barriers?

While the Dobbs decision may primarily impact abortion rights today, its potential to worsen LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole is jarring. So how can the community be prepared?

If you’re struggling to find LGBTQ+-friendly providers near you, using telemedicine now can be an incredibly effective way to start developing strong relationships with far-away healthcare professionals. Telemedicine eliminates the barrier of geography and can be especially helpful for accessing inclusive primary care and therapy. Be sure to check if your insurance provider covers telemedicine.

If you’re seriously concerned about healthcare access in your area — especially if the Dobbs decision affects your whole state or you need regular in-person services that may be at risk — it may be time to consider moving now. While not everyone has the privilege to do so, relocating gives you the ability to settle in areas where lawmakers better serve your needs. However, this decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, so preparing and making progress on a moving checklist now can help you avoid issues later.

The Dobbs Decision Isn’t LGBTQ+-Friendly

The Supreme Court of the United States has proven the power of its conservative majority with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. However, the effects of the Dobbs decision don’t stop at affecting cisgender women’s abortion rights. In states with bans, it also leads to forced birth for trans men and non-binary individuals. Plus, the Dobbs decision increases the risk of other rights, like hormone therapy and IVF, being taken away.

Taking steps now, whether it’s choosing a virtual provider or considering a move, can help you improve your healthcare situation in the future.