Chicago Area Golf News

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Last updated February 26, 2024

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February 22, 2024
Experience free golf lessons, learn about golf trips at the Chicago Golf Show 2024 in Rosemont
Staff report, ABC 7 Chicago

Thousands of golfers will gather for the unofficial kickoff of golf season at the 39th annual Chicago Golf Show. The event, which is presented by the Chicago District Golf Association, will be open to the public Friday through Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

The Chicago Golf Show will feature free rounds of golf, free lessons and swing new clubs at the indoor driving range.
February 20, 2024
Chicago Golf show returns this weekend
Len Ziehm, Daily Herald

Carrie Williams, the executive director of the Illinois PGA, has no problem calling this week’s 39th annual Chicago Golf Show “the unofficial kickoff to the Chicago golf season.’’ That is what it has been for more than three decades.

The annual midwinter event begins its three-day run Friday at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. All the major Chicago golf organizations are participating, with the Chicago District Golf Association expanding its role in its third year as the event’s presenting sponsor.
February 16, 2024
Results of Oak Brook Golf Club investigation bring changes to pro shop’s operation
Chuck Fieldman, Chicago Tribune

Oak Brook officials are adding several changes to the operation of the village’s Oak Brook Golf Club, in light of an investigation into discrepancies found last fall with inventory at the club’s pro shop.

A physical inventory of the golf pro shop merchandise on Aug. 14, 2023, included a review of the purchase/sales cycle to identify differences between the book inventory quantities and the physical inventory count, Village Manager Greg Summers said.

He said the review revealed systemic issues resulting in substantial inconsistencies in the inventory count dating back at least a decade. The investigation showed more than $214,000 of missing, aged unsaleable, and excess inventory, Summers said.
February 14, 2024
Arlington Heights tour pro Ghim coped with Rowdy Phoenix golf crowds
Len Ziehm, Daily Herald

Doug Ghim first developed his golf skills growing up in Arlington Heights, and he progressed all the way to the PGA Tour.

Last week he even put himself in position to win for the first time at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and got himself plenty of TV time.

Ghim got off to a good start, shooting 65 in the first round. In the second he was pelted with beer cups after he made birdie at the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, and he was tied for third place after seven holes when darkness halted play in Saturday’s weather-delayed third round.
February 11, 2024
Stonewall Orchard & Cantigny announced as US Open qualifier sites
Amit Pandey,

The USGA has announced 109 local qualifying sites for the 127th U.S. Open Championship scheduled from May 30 to June 2, 2024, at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No.2), Village of Pinehurst, NC. There are two additional local qualifying sites - one in Massachusetts and one in Texas - awaiting confirmation, bringing the total number of local qualifying sites to 109 in 2024.
February 9, 2024
Is Burnham Woods GC being converted to a nature preserve? Forest Preserve is considering it. Community meeting on Feb 22
Forest Preserves of Cook County, Forest Preserves of Cook County

The Forest Preserves is considering modifying the Burnham Woods Golf Course to become a preserve with nature-based recreational amenities. Learn more about the workshop and access the online survey.
February 7, 2024
Architect hired for Maple Meadows golf course makeover
Katlyn Smith, Daily Herald

Golf course architect Greg Martin will iron out the details of proposed improvements to the public Maple Meadows track in Wood Dale.

DuPage County forest preserve commissioners in December approved Martin’s master plan for the Maple Meadows Golf Club, a 180-acre, district-owned property.

Martin recommended reducing the number and size of bunkers, making better use of the “wonderfully rolling topography” and expanding a practice area where golfers could sharpen their short game.
February 6, 2024
Northbrook’s Heritage Oaks Golf Club named among Top 50 public ranges
Elena Ferrarin, Daily Herald

For the second year in a row, the Northbrook Park District’s Heritage Oaks Golf Course was named a Golf Range Association of America “Top 50 Range” in the public category, and its director of golf instruction was again named among the “Top 100 Growth of the Game” teaching professionals.
January 12, 2024
Frankfort golf dome collapses as winter storm slams Chicago area
Fox 32 Staff, Fox 32 Chicago

The Green Garden Country Club golf dome in suburban Frankfort collapsed on Friday as a winter storm made its way through the Chicago area.

According to the Frankfort Fire Protection District, the indoor driving range maintains its "balloon" shape by being pressurized. Due to rain, heavy snow and wind gusts, the roof began to sag caused a light pole inside the dome to puncture the lining.
December 28, 2023
Wheatstack Restaurant at River Bend Golf Club To Close Permanently
Jeff Arnold, Patch

A popular Lisle restaurant known for its Midwest cuisine and a space to celebrate good times and meaningful milestones will serve its last meal and rounds of drinks this weekend after announcing that it will be closing permanently to start 2024.

Wheatstack, which is located in the clubhouse at River Bend Golf Club, announced in a social media post that it will close after opening for business for the final time on Sunday. The eatery’s management wrote in the post that the decision to shutter operations comes with a heavy heart.
December 11, 2023
New Whitetail Ridge Golf Dome in Oswego opens to rave reviews
Eric Schelkopf, Shaw Local

The facility – built by Yorkville-based Whitetail Ridge Golf Club – has been getting a warm reception since opening in late November at 3360 Station Drive, just west of Orchard Road.

Alex Balog, director of golf operations for Yorkville-based Whitetail Ridge Golf Club, demonstrates how one can simulate playing on different golf courses while playing at Whitetail Ridge Golf Dome in Oswego.
Alex Balog, director of golf operations for Yorkville-based Whitetail Ridge Golf Club, demonstrates how one can simulate playing on different golf courses while playing at Whitetail Ridge Golf Dome in Oswego.

“On the weekends, we’ve got tons of families, parties and groups coming in,” said Alex Balog, director of golf operations for Yorkville-based Whitetail Ridge Golf Club. “Christmas break is coming, so we’ll start seeing a lot of kids coming with their friends when they’re off school. And the holiday parties are going to take off.”

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December 8, 2023
DuPage forest preserve board OKs new vision for Maple Meadows golf course
Katlyn Smith, Daily Herald

Maple Meadows Golf Club prides itself on reasonable prices and well-conditioned greens.

The public course, formerly part of Brookwood Country Club, logged about 37,000 rounds of golf this year. But in its current state, Maple Meadows has drainage issues and nearly 30-year-old infrastructure.

For the average golfer, all the massive bunkers can slow the pace of play and make for a frustrating round. Some bunkers are filled with standing water after heavy rains.

In an effort to modernize Maple Meadows, DuPage County Forest Preserve officials are laying the groundwork for an overhaul of the district-owned property in Wood Dale.
December 8, 2023
Wheaton’s Arrowhead Golf Club recognized for environmental excellence
Staff Report, Shaw Local

Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

Justin Kirtland, golf course superintendent, led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on the course. Arrowhead Golf Club was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2020 and is one of more than 900 courses in the world to hold certification from Audubon International.
December 4, 2023
With work finished at Canal Shores, now it’s time to watch the grass grow
Jim Brown, Evanston Roundtable

Work on the reconstruction of Canal Shores Golf Course, which teed off in June, is getting closer to the pin.

The Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association board of trustees and its construction partner, Wadsworth Golf Construction, made significant progress on the $5.9 million project this past summer and fall.

In 124 days, starting from the time permits were approved, a Youth Training Campus was created, new golf holes were carved into the landscape, and previously existing holes were improved. The last day of construction was Nov. 15, and the course has been reseeded.
November 28, 2023
Plans for new clubhouse at Glencoe Golf Club continue
Daniel I. Dorfman, Glencoe News

Planning continues for the new Glencoe Golf Club clubhouse both for the design of the building and private fundraising efforts coinciding with the taxpayer investment.

On Nov. 16, Glencoe Village Board Trustees received a presentation regarding the village’s ad hoc committee’s recommendation for a “Prairie-style” design for the exterior of the clubhouse building that will include a pro shop and dining facilities.
November 28, 2023
Carriage Greens Country Club Battle Gets Bitter
David Giuliani, Patch

The owners of the two businesses at Carriage Greens Country Club in Darien don't get along. But they continue to work near each other.

A couple of months ago, the owners of Carriage Greens Country Club tried to force out the company that runs the Sandtrap Grill and banquet facility at its club.

In August, employees of the company, Carriage Greens F and B LLC, were told that the operators of a new restaurant were taking over.
November 27, 2023
Additions coming to 2024 Chicago District Golf Association schedule
Len Ziehm, Daily Herald

The Chicago District Golf Association won't announce its 2024 tournament schedule until Dec. 6 but it will include two major additions.

For 90 years the Illinois Women's Golf Association, a group based downstate, conducted the Illinois Women's State Amateur as well as state championships for senior and junior players. With IWGA membership dwindling, those events likely would have been discontinued had the CDGA not stepped in.
November 20, 2023
Bill Murray’s Childhood Golf Course Is Coming Back to Life
Madison Williams, Sports Illustrated

Canal Shores Golf Course in Evanston, Ill., is most known for its unique setting in the middle of a bustling suburb of Chicago, for the trains that chug along right by a few holes and for the fact that the course is where comedian Bill Murray and his brother grew up playing and working long before the Caddyshack days.

Come next summer, and the completion of a $5.9 million renovation four years in the making, the 104-year-old course will be known for more.
November 16, 2023
The Food Guy: The Lawn at the Wilmette Golf Club (Review)
Steve Dolinsky, NBC Chicago

Expectations typically run low at your neighborhood public golf course dining room. Wilmette’s was no different.

“It was kind of a glorified hot dog stand,” said Michael Madden.

So Madden – a Wilmette native who launched a pair of Left Coast Food & Juice concepts in the city – decided to tackle a refresh.

“My education, my friends, my family, the game of golf, everything I got from this amazing town, and this is sort of my way to give back to the community,” he said.
November 11, 2023
Settler’s Hill Honored by the ASGCA
Greg Miles, Chicago Golf Report

Congratulations to Settler’s Hill Golf Course, Batavia-based architect Greg Martin, and GolfVisions for having been named as an honoree of the 2023 American Society of Golf Course Architects Environmental Excellence Award. Projects from nine golf facilities across the United States have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique environmental challenges.

Renovation of this 30-year-old course was unique as many existing holes reside on a landfill, while others border neighboring oak/hickory forests and landfill transition areas. All drainage, both overland and underground, needed to be carried to specified locations off the landfill cap prior to release; additionally, the approval of public and private entities needed to be met.

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