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Local Golf – Two Chicago Favorites


Benjamin Barrone is an avid golfer from Chicago, Illinois.  He likes to spend his summers playing local Chicago area golf courses.  Professionally, Benjamin (Ben) Barone is a finance and accounting professional who recently helped Vital Proteins, a Chicago-based startup, achieve their Series A financing through an equity infusion from CAVU Ventures.

Mr. Barrone is mostly a “weekend warrior” and plays all of the Chicagoland area on public courses.  His current favorites are Heritage Bluffs and Ravisloe, though for different reasons.  Ben describes himself as a strong putter and is at his best from inside 125 yards.  While also being a long hitter, Mr. Barrone would be the first to admit that he is less than straight off the tee and struggles to find fairways.

This type of game plays well at Heritage Bluffs, which offers more generous fairways and lacks steep penalties for an errant tee shot.  Additionally, many holes allow a golfer to miss on one side of the hole without a significant penalty.  Because Ben is able to work the ball both directions, he can frequently take the trouble out of play and score fairly well at Heritage Bluffs.

Ravisloe, meanwhile, does not offer this generosity off the tee.  As errant golf shot off the tee will result in a bogey or worse more often than not.  As a result, Benjamin Barrone says he does not score as well here and really needs to bring his best off the tee to get in position.  Even then, the greens at Ravisloe are typically of Donald Ross designs and have severe slopes that make 2-putting difficult.  Ben says he enjoys the challenge and the fact that there “is nowhere for your game to hide”.

Though he carries a handicap in the mid single digits Mr. Barrone says he hasn’t yet broken 80 at Ravisloe.  In 2018 he says he plans to work diligently to find a “go to fairway finder” off the tee to help break through this barrier.


A Look at the Finest Golf Courses in Chicago


Chicago Golf Club pic

Chicago Golf Club
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Benjamin Barrone serves Vital Proteins in Chicago, Illinois, as Director of Finance. When he is not overseeing the company’s accounting and financial activities, Benjamin Barrone is an avid golfer. He has played since age 4, and frequently enjoys a number of Chicago-area courses.

Golf Digest has announced The Best Golf Courses in Illinois for 2017-2018, and once again the top honor belongs to Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton. The club, ranked No. 14 in the United States, was first designed by C.B. Macdonald in 1897 and has required only two renovations over the course of 120 years. In fact, Macdonald’s course in Wheaton and a similarly titled course in Downers Grove both lay claim to the title of America’s first 18-hole golf course.

In 1923, longtime Macdonald associate Seth Raynor updated the Wheaton course, with each of the 18 holes drawing inspiration from famous holes at other notable courses. Raynor maintained aspects of Macdonald’s original vision, including a unique routing system that features all out-of-bounds areas to the left of the holes.

Other top-ranking courses in Illinois include Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Medinah Country Club, Marshall’s Canyata Country Club, and Shoreacres at Lake Bluff.

Top-Rated Golf Courses in the Chicagoland Region


Cog Hill Golf and Country Club pic

Cog Hill Golf and Country Club
Image: coghillgolf.com

As Director of Finance with Vital Proteins, Benjamin Barrone enjoys playing golf in his free time. As a resident of Chicago, Benjamin Barrone lives in close proximity to a number of highly rated courses. Below are three of the best.

1. Chicago Golf Club: Some say the Chicago Golf Club opened the first 18-hole course in the United States. Actually located in nearby Wheaton, the historic 6,846-yard, par-70 venue garnered recognition as both the top-rated course in Illinois and the 14th-best course in the United States in Golf Digest’s 2017-2018 rankings.

2. Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, No. 4: The fourth course at this public-access club challenges golfers with tight landing areas and a heavily bunkered green. Located southwest of downtown Chicago in Lemont, “Dubsdread,” as it is known, has hosted 19 PGA Tour events, including several in the last decade.

3. Medinah Country Club, No. 3: Most recently the host of the 2012 Ryder Cup, the third course at Medinah has undergone significant renovations since opening in 1928. Today, it welcomes golfers who are willing to navigate vicious doglegs while avoiding such water hazards as Lake Kadijah.