In the early 1920’s the Robert Henry family developed this property into an 18 hole golf course named Maple Crest. Maple Crest was not a championship facility even when it was 18 holes, but had its loyal followers. In the mid 50’s the Illinois Toll Road Authority began construction on the Tri State Tollway reducing the size of the golf course. Because of this construction Maple Crest became the only 12 hole golf course in the Chicagoland area. (Photo of this unique 12 hole course is on display in the clubhouse)
The late 80’s brought more changes to the area and there was a push by developers to purchase the golf course and convert it to a condominium/retail development. Residents of the Pleasant Dale Park District and the City of Countryside formed a committee, “I Helped Save Maple Crest Golf Course.” (See the signed tee shirt on display) With the help of this committee, the property was purchased by the Pleasant Dale Park District and the City of Countryside.
Designer Greg Martin plowed under all of Maple Crest’s 12 holes and came up with a 9 hole course that is interesting for players of all levels. There are no forced carries to scare juniors, women and seniors, but there are risks that the low handicapper can take. The course has four par 4s including the 403 yard ninth, four par 3s and the fifth hole a tricky 466 yard par 5.
On July 2, 1993, Flagg Creek Golf Course opened with the 1st official round of golf. Later that same year the Chicago Tribune rated Flagg Creek Golf Course among the top ten 9 hole golf courses in the State of Illinois. In 1995 and 2006 Chicagoland Golf Readers Choice Award voted Flagg Creek the number one 9 hole golf course in the area.
Our gratitude to the Pleasant Dale Park District and the City of Countryside for making this beautiful facility worthy of being called home to all of our golfing needs.