Chicago Area Golf News

Recent news, events, and coverage of the Chicagoland golf scene, curated every day

Last updated June 12, 2024

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June 12, 2024
Glenview prepares to host the NV5 Invitational again
Bob Sirott, WGN News

Before Scottie Scheffler won the 2024 Masters and earned the title for top golfer in the world, he was in Glenview taking home the 2019 NV5 Invitational trophy. The event returns to the Glen Club next month (July 25-28). Chris Montagano, the Tournament Director, joins Wendy Snyder (in for Bob Sirott) and Dave Eanet to preview the NV5 Invitational.
June 7, 2024
Resurrected Waukegan golf program doubles in size
Steve Sadin, Lake County News-Sun

Asked to give junior golf a boost by the Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners after it was discontinued four years ago — in part because of the coronavirus pandemic — the program doubled in size from pre-COVID levels when it started again on Thursday.

Jon Beckman, the Park District’s director of finance, said an effort has been made to make the cost of playing the game and the equipment needed more affordable for the young families of Waukegan.

Open to children ages 5 through 12, Beckman said youngsters who complete the four-week clinic learning the fundamentals of the game get to keep their set of clubs and get new ones as they grow bigger. Scholarships are also available.
June 5, 2024
Caleb Williams is so competitive he made a Chicago Topgolf stay open until 1 AM
Coleman Bentley, Golf Digest

We have a new golf guy blooming in Chi-town. After being spotted following Jordan Spieth’s group at The Players back in March, new Bears QB Caleb Williams has reportedly been grinding at Chicago-area Topgolfs until the wee hours of the morning.

That’s according to tight end Cole Kmet, who told reporters at mandatory minicamp on Tuesday that he got a glimpse of Williams’ competitive streak when this year’s number-one-overall pick recently convinced a Windy City Topgolf location to stay open until 1 a.m. just so he could finish his game.
June 5, 2024
Big changes for Cantigny, Cog Hill
Len Ziehm, Daily Herald

Park Ridge-based course architect Todd Quitno just began a three-year project to upgrade Cantigny, the 35-year old 27-hole facility that has been particularly notable for its commitment to growing the game through its Youth Links layout. It won’t be touched in the renovation and. Because Cantigny is blessed with 27 holes, its regulars will always have an 18-hole layout available.
Hillside, the shortest of Cantigny’s three nines, will undergo its renovation this year with Woodside and Lakeside combining on the 18-hole scorecard. Woodside gets its upgrades in 2025 and Lakeside in 2026. Cantigny has hosted five Illinois State Amateurs, but the next scheduled one will be pushed back two years, to 2026.
June 4, 2024
Chicago police officer charged with damaging Blue Island golf course 2 times
Staff report, ABC 7 News

A Chicago police officer has been charged with causing damage to a south suburban golf course.

Prosecutors say Chicago Police Department Officer Romello Washington caused damage at The Meadows Golf Club in Blue Island two different times late last month. He is now charged with Criminal Damage to Property.

CPD said Washington was relieved of his police powers on Tuesday.
June 1, 2024
Chicago students swing high learning life skills through golf
Noel Brennan, CBS Chicago

ears from now, when some children grow up to be scratch golfers, they'll remember taking their first swings in a gym class.

That's one hope for coaches who visited an elementary school on the South Side as First Tee Greater Chicago introduced kids to the game of golf.

First Tee Greater Chicago said it's helped more than 100,000 kids learn and grow through the game of golf. It brings its coaches and clubs to schools where kids might not otherwise discover golf.
June 1, 2024
With Bonnie Dundee back in the green, the golf club’s 100th anniversary being celebrated like a hole-in-one
Mike Dahaney, Elgin Courier-News

Bonnie Dundee Golf Club reaching its milestone 100th year has special meaning for Frank Raczon, who has years of memories from spending his school breaks working at the Carpentersville course and assisting then-owner Anuta Harms on her daily opeartions check.

And he still plays there three or four times a week when he can, traveling from his home/office in Sleepy Hollow to a place that made its debut in the year Edgar Hoover became the FBI director, Walt Disney created his first cartoon and the Chicago Bears played their first game at the newly opened Soldier Field.

The club’s anniversary is no less a big deal a century later, and will be celebrated with a party at the course’s 270 N. John F. Kennedy Drive clubhouse from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Open to the public, it will feature food, entertainment, contests and giveaways, according to Dundee Township Park District, its current owner.
May 31, 2024
Chicagoland’s Cantigny Golf breaks ground on 3-year renovation
Staff Report, Golf Course Industry

Representatives from The McCormick Foundation, KemperSports, Cantigny Golf and Quitno Golf Design gathered this week to celebrate the start of a three-year renovation project that will reinvigorate all three of Cantigny Golf’s 9-hole courses in Wheaton, Illinois, starting with Hillside this year.

The renovation project is the evolution and modernization of Cantigny’s 35-year commitment to delivering one of the top golf experiences in Chicagoland public golf.

“This is an incredibly proud day for all of us at Cantigny Golf,” McCormick Foundation CEO Tim Knight said. “This renovation will ensure the long-term playability of our classic public golf course while highlighting the beautiful natural setting of Cantigny Park.”
May 30, 2024
Chicago Park District golf amateur championships schedule set for summer 2024
Wire report, Golf Wire

The Chicago Park District Golf amateur tournament schedule is set for summer 2024, with events taking place June through September at six Chicago Park District Golf courses. Amateur golfers interested in playing in the Championships, including the inaugural Chicago Women’s Amateur Championship, can visit www.cpdgolf.com/2024-cpd-tournament-schedule to learn more and to register.

Entry fees for the Championships range from $35 to $195 and include green fees, a prize fund, tee gifts, and daily lunch for participants.
May 30, 2024
Bolingbrook Residents Speak Out Against 'Detransitioning' Event At Golf Club
Andrea Earnest, Patch

Several Bolingbrook residents spoke at the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, stating their opposition to a planned event at the Bolingbrook Golf Club which includes a panel discussion about "detransitioning."

"Detransitioning" is a term that can be used to describe the pause or reversal of a gender transition. The panel discussion is sponsored by groups like Awake Illinois, Parents Patrol, and Moms For Liberty.
May 30, 2024
Missed problems add $10,330 to Deerpath Golf Course restoration project
Staff Report, Lake County Gazette

Contractors found additional work was needed to make repairs in the Deerpath Golf Course restoration project, adding more than $10,000 to the original contract. The Lake Forest City Council approved the change order during its May 20 meeting.

Significant water damage occurred at Deerpath Golf Course on January 18 when a pipe burst due to extremely cold temperatures, according to the Lake Forest City Council agenda for its May 20 meeting. The initial damage included harm to the ceiling in multiple areas, walls, kitchen, flooring, and locker rooms.
May 28, 2024
Winnetka Golf Club unveiling should happen within months
Peter Kaspari, The Record North Shore

With extensive renovations nearing completion and its reopening expected within the next few months, the Winnetka Golf Club is getting a new logo to go with its new look.

The Winnetka Park Board reviewed and approved that new logo at its regular meeting on Thursday, May 23.
May 19, 2024
What would Chick Evans say? A question the golf world should ask more often
Rick Morrissey, Sun Times

"What would Chick Evans say?"

An excellent question, one I wish golf leaders and the people who play the sport at the highest level would ask more often. I wish Scheffler had asked it before getting into a dispute that landed him in jail. I wish the players who bolted the PGA Tour for LIV Golf had asked it before they took blood money from the Saudis. I wish Tiger Woods had asked it before his career went off the rails because of messy, non-golf issues.
May 19, 2024
Golf is for all at Marquette Park
Kathy Headley, News-Herald

Last week we began by talking about how golf season is in full swing at Marquette Park. What if you have thought about playing, but have never played before? There are three programs at Marquette, one of which might suit your needs.

The first is called Get Golf Ready, which is designed to teach you in five 90-minute lessons everything you’ll need to know to step onto a golf course and play with confidence. In this series of lessons, you cover all areas of golf, including on-course activities taught by golf pros who will make sure you have fun with each lesson.
May 16, 2024
A new era for Canal Shores
Richard Humphreys, Golf Course Architecture

When the Canal Shores Golf Course in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago, reopens this summer, it will mark the end of a long journey and the beginning of a new era for the public facility.

Originally opened in 1919, Canal Shores has for some time been in dire need of repair. A USGA Green Section evaluation several years ago noted that the course’s turf and infrastructure were in an “end of life” state.

“The course had aged to a point where turfgrasses were compromised, greens were failing, the irrigation system was no longer providing the necessary coverage and the lack of drainage was becoming a major issue,” says Doug Myslinski, from Wadsworth. The golf construction firm had, over the years, provided “band-aid” repairs while Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation had
made annual contributions to assist Canal Shores in youth golf development programs.
May 15, 2024
FBI found Arnold Palmer's Masters green jacket on sale in Chicago as it uncovered $5.6M theft
Jon Seidel, Chicago Sun Times

The FBI learned in 2022 that golf great Arnold Palmer’s Masters Tournament jacket was for sale in Lincoln Park, a discovery that eventually helped uncover a multimillion-dollar theft from Augusta National Golf Club, court records revealed Wednesday.

Those details became known after Richard Globensky, 39, of Georgia, admitted in court that he stole Palmer’s jacket and other memorabilia in a scheme that netted him $5.6 million and lasted more than a decade.
May 15, 2024
Car crashes onto north suburban Chicago golf course
Matthew Cramer, CBS News

A car crashed onto the golf course at the Lake Bluff Golf Club Wednesday night.

The Kia sport-utility vehicle ended up in the tee box for the 10th hole at the golf course.

According to reports, the people in the car were being sought in connection with a shooting in nearby Waukegan.

CBS 2 has learned four people ran out of the car after the crash, and police were able to take two of the four into custody.
May 15, 2024
New Butler pro Svoboda hopes to continue hot streak at PGA Championship
Len Ziehm, Daily Herald

Andy Svoboda, the new head professional at Butler National in Oak Brook, has made a big impression since arriving on the Chicago golf scene in March, and this week he could make an even bigger one.

Svoboda is one of two Illinois PGA members to qualify for the PGA Championship, which tees off Thursday at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.

Jeff Kellen, Svoboda’s predecessor at Butler National and the newly-named head man at North Shore in Glenview, also will be in the field, as will Brad Marek, who was a stalwart growing up in Arlington Heights and won the 2005 Illinois State Amateur.
May 10, 2024
Renovations at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton aim to make courses ‘pop’ and play better
Dave Oberhelman, Daily Herald

The iconic Dick Tracy sand trap — and almost every trap and bunker at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton — will soon be getting a makeover.

A major renovation scheduled through June 2027 will address each of the three distinct 9-hole courses at Cantigny — Hillside, Lakeside and Woodside. Two of the courses will remain playable at any one time during the construction.

Cantigny Golf was designed by Roger Packard and named by Golf Digest as “the best public golf course in America” when it opened in 1989. Aside from minor cosmetic touches, the 27-hole layout has not been updated since a Jacobson Golf Course Design treatment in 2003.
May 8, 2024
DuPage Water Commission buys former Green Acres golf course for $80 million
Katlyn Smith, Daily Herald

The DuPage Water Commission has purchased a former golf course in Northbrook (shuttered Green Acres Country Club) for $80.5 million in a move that could potentially pave the way for a “once-in-a-lifetime” regional water pipeline project, officials announced Wednesday.

The agency is still in the early stages of evaluating whether to build its own pipeline from Lake Michigan and circumvent the city of Chicago, its current supplier.

If the commission decides to cut ties with Chicago, it could take 12 to 15 years to build the necessary infrastructure and cost roughly $5.3 billion to $7 billion, depending on the pipeline route they take, officials estimate.


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