Course Preview: Lake Eureka Permanent

Course Preview: Lake Eureka Permanent

Story/Photos by Chris Yucus

Where is it? Lake Eureka Lower Park, Eureka, IL directions

Who plays here?
Friday, Aug. 6 - Pool P (MA2b)
Saturday, Aug. 7 - Pool C (MP40), Pool D (MP50/MP60). Pool H (MA60/MA65), Pool I (MA70)
Sunday, Aug. 8 - Pool O ((MA2a)

Cart Friendly? Fairly.

Practice schedule notes: Closed Wednesday, Aug. 4 for Flex C Tier. No restrictions Aug. 2,3, 5.

Course breakdown: Par: 60. Length: 6,507 feet (MP tees = 7,158 feet). Baskets: Discraft Chainstar Pro.

Eureka Perm features narrow fairways, tiny gaps, and a few open big bomber holes thrown in for good measure. A large portion of the course is heavily wooded - you’ll want to watch out for stinging nettles in the rough and have bug spray on hand.

Signature holes (and holes to watch out for):

Hole 3 - Welcome to the jungle, baby! This 192-foot Par 3 is a great introduction to the razor-sharp lines needed to carve up the heavily wooded section of the course.

Hole 11 - At 542 feet, this Par 4 hole rewards players who successfully navigate its intricate turns and tight fairway.

Hole 15 - Pro divisions tee off 1,106 feet away from the elevated green on this prairie-grass-lined Par 5. Am divisions will have to traverse 761 feet to the pin, which sits on a berm guarded by large cinder blocks.

Course History: Greg Nettles designed the original course layout in 2004.In 2020 the course was adjusted to reconfigure previously removed holes in the prairie grass section.

If you’re hungry, check out: The Busy Corner, 302 Eureka St., Goodfield; Michaels’s Italian Feast, 1902 S Main St, Eureka

A look from the tee on Hole 3 shows the tiny gap needed to negotiate the narrow fairway.

Even in the circle on Hole 11 it isn’t safe, as the basket is guarded by several small trees in very close proximity.

After time in the woods, players can stretch their arms on the Par 5 Hole 15. Its basket sits atop a berm, guarded by large cinder blocks.

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