Eagle Ridge Resort – A Golf Trip for Every Group

A Golf Trip for Every Group

Golf trips are great.  You get away from the stress of work and spend all day on the course.  The problem is that getting a trip together can be hard.  We have spouses, kids, and buddies that all want different things.

However, at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena, Illinois taking a golf trip can be easy because there’s something here for everyone.

Golf

Before we get to the part about how Eagle Ridge works for every group, we need to talk about the golf.  Eagle Ridge Resort has four golf courses: North, South, East, and The General.  The General is the signature course, and we have a full write up HERE.  If you want a stern test and beautiful views, you will love The General.

The North Course is my favorite.  It’s the widest, most open course, and it has some wonderful, memorable holes.  The nearly-driveable par 4 10th is my favorite because you’ll want to play it over and over in different ways.

The South Course plays through a wooded valley and has water in play on 11 of the 18 holes.  It’s not overly long, but it does demand a lot of accuracy.

Finally, for the emergency nine or family outing, there’s the East Course.  It’s a par 34 that plays at at a max of 2,648 yards and is also home to a FootGolf course.

The great variety of courses and the fact that you can play a different track every day makes Eagle Ridge a wonderful choice for any group of golfers – even ones with wildly different tastes.

Dining & Customer Service

No matter what kind of group you’re traveling with, everyone needs to eat and everyone wants to be treated well.  Those are two things you won’t have to worry about at Eagle Ridge.

The tone for customer service was set the moment I pulled in for my first round of golf.  One of the employees came flying up to my car before I even put it in park, greeted me, and got my clubs from my trunk to a cart.  That level of enthusiasm and attention was present throughout my trip at the hotel, restaurants, and golf courses.  The customer service at Eagle Ridge is as good or better than at resorts costing twice as much.

If you’re not careful, one of the souvenirs you bring back from Eagle Ridge will be a couple extra pounds.  The Woodlands Restaurant in the main lodge is a must for dinner.  My wife and I ate there two nights in a row and still didn’t get to try everything that we wanted to.  The one dish you absolutely must have is the Sinsinawa Mound Sinnablast.  Imagine the best cinnamon roll you’ve ever had covered in powdered sugar, white chocolate and caramel drizzle, and served with ice cream.  It’s big enough for at least two.  Make sure you save room.

For more casual dining, the Woodstone Restaurant at The General is great.  Sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and nice choice of beers make for a perfect lunch spot.  The views of the course don’t hurt, either.

Couples

Whether your spouse golfs or not, it won’t be hard to convince them to take a trip to Eagle Ridge.  Let’s start with accommodations.  For two people, a room in the lodge is a great choice.  You’ll be central to many of the activities and dining options.

The options for a non-golfing spouse are plentiful.  The Stonedrift Spa is a popular spot, and my wife said that it’s one of the best spas she’s been to.  Downtown Galena has loads of shopping, dining, and history.  If they do want to stay active, there are miles of hiking trails at Eagle Ridge and boating on Lake Galena.

Families

If you’re bringing a crew with you, don’t worry, Eagle Ridge has great family activities.  With a larger group, you’ll likely want to rent a house or one of the golf villas.  Eagle Ridge has houses of all sizes available so that you can have space to spread out and eat in, if you prefer.

For activities, there’s the aforementioned hiking and boating, plus much more.  If you’re working on getting your kids into golf, you can try FootGolf on the East Course.  There are also zip lines, hot air balloons, and a horseback riding center.  If you want to drop the kids off for a few hours, Camp Eagle will provide them with activities like scavenger hunts and outdoor games.

Buddies Trip

From groups of 4 to groups of 40 or more, Eagle Ridge Resort is ready for your golf buddies trip.  With their house rentals, you can find exactly the accommodations that you need.  Many of the houses include grills so that, after your round, you can all hang out at the house, have a drink, and enjoy a cookout of your own making.  Of course, I’d still recommend getting to the Woodlands for at least one meal.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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One Comment

  1. Clark Hinrichsen

    I have family in Galena and play Eagle Ridge a couple of times a year. The course and greens are always in good shape and the the restaurant is awesome. Highly recommend Eagle Ridge!

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