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2011 Issue 2

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ell, after the cold winter and wet spring we’ve endured around the Chicagoland area, we sure deserve a comfortable, enjoyable summer on the links playing the finest golf courses this region has to offer. This side of the Cubs and the White Sox, there is no greater summer passion in Chicago than golf and to be sure there is an almost endless supply of world-class courses to provide a hot season worth of memories and accomplishments. As always, many of those courses and facilities are highlighted within the pages of this magazine, which has become the leading source for where to play on and off the golf course in the Chicagoland area. In this issue we highlight one of my favorite golf courses in the Bridges of Poplar Creek, a facility that has made significant investments in layout, conditioning and customer service over the past couple years. The course has recently emerged from an extensive renovation of 15 of the 18 holes that brought a reconfiguration of fairways and bunkers, the addition of fescue grasses on some holes and the addition of lake water hazards in strategic areas. Those additions and changes, combined with a continued commitment to excellence, makes Poplar Creek a must play in the Chicago area like never before. Granted, I’m a little biased, but I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day playing golf; well, unless of course I’m saving some cash while doing it. For those that agree, Chicago.golfersguide.com is the place you should visit to get the latest coupons and daily deals from some of the best courses in the Chicagoland area. Whether its specials on golf, equipment, food and beverage or apparel, this site is the place to find…then save. Speaking of saving, if you want to find the best online deals on golf in the region be sure to visit our sister site, www.teetimesavings.com, where you will find incredible tee time deals. And the best thing about the site is you can buy affordable golf now and book later when you get your twosome or foursome together. While enjoying this edition of Chicagoland Golfer’s Guide be sure to check out of Outings and Events and Perfect Drive category. If you’re in the market to create your own group experience locally or looking to craft a personal getaway with good friends or that special someone, these two special sections have you covered. Here’s wishing you a great summer on and off the links.

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8 8 The Bridges at Poplar Creek Country Club Recent renovations commissioned by the Hoffman Estates Park District has transformed an already splendid course into an unforgettable golf experience. Whether you’ve played the course before or not, you must experience it for the “first time” this summer.

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30 Chalet Hills Golf Club If you’re looking to experience a one-of-a-kind layout, make your way to Cary and check out Chalet Hills. You’ll find a rich terrain sure to test your imagination..

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Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club

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h rebranded he b d d Bridges B id off PPoplar l C Creekk C Country t Cl Clubb iis Hoffman Estates, IL teeming with improvements and re-opened this summer (847) 781-3681 Cook County after a comprehensive project to modernize the layout www.bridgesofpoplarcreek.com and manipulate the namesake water feature that meanders throughout the course. STATISTICS Par: 70 Yards Rating Slope Improvements in aesthetics and playability have been Black 6500 71.2 136 achieved thanks to the handiwork of Lohmann Golf Design and Gold 6003 69.3 132 Silver 5313 66.7 126 the guidance of the Hoffman Estates Park District. Eight attracGreen 4597 63.5 118 tive timber bridges replace steel bridges and allow various creek RATES crossings. The bridges will be adorned with plaques that pay Non Residents 18 w/cart Jr/Sr 18 Weekday $46 $35 tribute to legends of the game like Bobby Jones, Chick Evans, Weekend $65 N/A Residents 18 w/cart Jr/Sr 18 Samuel Ryder and Babe Zaharis. Weekday $40 $32 Overall 15 holes were modified in some fashion and the Weekend $59 N/A nines were flipped, as No. 1 is now No. 10. Fescue grasses were PERSONNEL added to provide depth and definition and more tee boxes were Architect .....................Killian/Nugent Director of Recreation ...Tony LaFrenere, PGA installed to lengthen and shorten the 35-year-old course. Water Head Golf Professional .... Brian Bechtold Superintendent .......... Dustin Hugen hazards are bigger and more visible, creating some interesting risk-reward shots that didn’t exist before. Get to the course early to take advantage of the 9,100square-foot putting green, Bent grass chipping area and 55station driving range. The facility is also outfitted with a state-ofMap Key Number 39 the-art golf academy. 8

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Prairie Landing Golf Club

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esigned i db by R Robert b tT Trentt JJones JJr., P Prairie ii L Landing di West Chicago, IL Golf Club is one of Chicago’s best golf experiences (630) 208-7600 DuPage County and is rated 4 1/2 Stars by Golf Digest Best Places www.prairielanding.com to Play. The award-winning layout is one of only 25 Illinois RATES courses to receive this distinction. M-F S-Su Twilight 10/10-5/13 $47 $57 $47 The stunning links-style course features pastoral hills, 5/14-10/9 $67 $84/$67* $47 rolling bentgrass fairways, strategically positioned bunkers *after 11am; Twilight valid after 3 p.m. Add $12 to ride (GPS electric golf car) and large, fast, undulating greens. The Irish-Scottish eleNon-guest tee time policy: two weeks in advance. ments like swales, hollows and dunes give Prairie Landing a STATISTICS very unique feel. Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Choose from five sets of tees and appreciate the vistas Black 6950 73.8 139 Gold 6580 72.1 135 that are unspoiled by homes or development. Blue 6097 69.9 129 Affordable green fee opportunities are available, which White 5576 67.5 123 Red (L) 4859 68.8 118 include time on the finest practice center in Chicago. The natural grass driving range, two practice holes and full-color GPS on every golf car complete a memorable experience.  Our historic clubhouse, picturesque banquet facility z and Prairie Landing’s Golf Academy instruction complement the premium conditions of the course. Memberships and permanent tee times are available. Spend the day at 15 Map Key Number Prairie Landing. 64

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Seven Bridges Golf Club

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ett iin th the western t suburbs b b off Chi Chicago, SSeven B Bridges id Woodridge, IL Golf Club is an upscale public facility that features an (630) 964-7777 18-hole championship layout by Dick Nugent, a pris- DuPage County www.sevenbridges.com tine clubhouse with unparalleled views of the course, a staff with an uncompromising commitment to excellence and an RATES Please call pro shop or visit our web site for current rates. award-winning banquet and special event operation. Defined by its contrasting nines, Seven Bridges has STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope consistently ranked among the top public golf courses in Gold 7103 74.4 140 the Chicagoland. The course is currently listed as the No. Green 6681 72.3 136 6278 70.4 131 5 public-access course in the city by About.com Chicago and White Burgandy 5262 70.8 126 ranks as the No. 10 overall course in the state of Illinois on Burgandy (L) 5262 76.4 138 GolfLink.com. PERSONNEL Architect ......................... Dick Nugent Seven Bridges has always enjoyed a reputation as a GM/Superintendent ........Don Ferreri well-conditioned, shot-maker’s layout that will challenge Director of Golf .........Autumn Gilliam even the most astute and accomplished players. The waterladen back nine has been called one of the most difficult loops in the Chicagoland. It’s also one of the most memorable nines in the region. The club emphasizes a brisk pace of play and all golf carts come equipped with state-of-the-art GPS systems. Map Key Number 17 Golf should be rewarding…and at Seven Bridges it is. Maple Ave.

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Bolingbrook Golf Club

Wetlands and water come into play often at Bolingbrook Golf Club’s Arthur Hills-designed links-style layout.

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ome play l th the course critics iti are still till raving i about b t Bolingbrook, IL (630) 771-9400 as it matures into its 9th season. The Village of www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com Bolingbrook has turned some former farmland into one of the top municipal golf courses in the country RATES Please visit our website 24/7, and one of the best places in all of Chicagoland to golf, or call the proshop for current dine, entertain and host large events and parties. rate information. The Arthur Hills design can play from just under STATISTICS Yards Rating Slope 5,000 yards to more than 7,100 with five sets of tees. The Par: 72 GOLD 7104 73.7 130 links-style layout features seven lakes that come into play BLUE 6777 72.1 126 WHITE 6480 70.7 123 on 14 of the 18 holes including the picturesque islandSILVER 5857 67.8 116 greened 15th, an over-the-water carry of 67 to 156 yards. GREEN 4931 67.7 112 Three of the four par 5s play into the prevailing wind and PERSONNEL Architect .............................. Arthur Hills the fourth measures up to 600 yards from the tips. General Mgr .......... Mike Williams, PGA The Bolingbrook Golf Academy includes a dozen tarSuperintendent ..................Jeff Gerdes get greens, a huge short-game area with multiple chipping greens and bunkers, an enormous putting green and even two complete practice holes, all lighted for nighttime use. Formal and informal dining and events of all sizes are possible in the 76,000-square-foot clubhouse. 53

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Klein Creek Golf Club Bri Bringing the Private Club Experience to the Public Golfer Ex

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rivate club life has always been an appealing prospect to avid golfers. The sheer number of golf facilities in America has made the country club lifestyle available to the masses, not just the executives of Fortune 500 companies. Suddenly everyone could dream of immaculately manicured edges, doorto-door service and friendly clubhouse confines. But recent trends and a changing family dynamic have made belonging to a country club more problematic. For many, a weak economy has halted thoughts of exclusive membership at private clubs, but alternatives able to deliver the same atmosphere and quality without

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the commitment exist. Klein Creek Golf Club is one of those alternatives, and as a member of the Royal Country Clubs (The Royal Fox, The Royal Hawk), the semiprivate club in Winfield is well versed in delivering an upscale golf product. Identified by Chicagoland Golf and Golf Digest as one of the area’s premier public-access clubs, Klein Creek is a Dick Nugent design that’s beautiful and challenging; a true mix of style and substance. The course itself is very distinctive. Measuring 6,700 yards from the championship tees, this Nugent design ribbons through a rich landscape interspersed with rolling terrain, shapely and strategically-

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located bunkers, moguls and mounding and native grasses. The most ubiquitous element of Klein Creek is water, and it’s practically everywhere. Only three holes pract are w without at least some semblance of a water hazard. Overall, the turf is plush and wellO manicured throughout, adding to that mani private club feel. The greens themselves are priva the su subject of many positive reviews. Klein Creek takes great pride in making sure their bentgrass putting services are rolling true aand in great shape. ““This course is a gem,” commented a local golfer who recently teed it up at Klein Creek. “The scenery is fantastic on this Creek special piece of land. Every hole is interesting and a challenge. You could play this course many times before getting bored. It has to be one of Nugent’s best designs.” Each hole at Klein Creek is designed to be memorable on its own, and four sets of tees give all ability levels a chance to succeed and smile. The most talked about holes at Klein Creek are the 9th and 18th, a pair of rigorous par 4s that round out each side. The 453-yard 9th was rated as the toughest 9th hole in Chicagoland, and the 417-yard par-4 18th isn’t much easier. In order to ascend to the level of a private club, an outstanding on-course presentation must seamlessly blend with attentive service. Klein Creek eagerly affords the golfer both. An attendant is available at all times to greet them at the bag drop, an open-air pavilion receives guests at the turn and golfers are whisked away to Klein Creek’s 2011 ISSUE 2

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restaurant and bar upon completion of their round should they choose. Every aspect of the day is done right. A recently instituted forecaddie program enhances the guest experience at Klein Creek. This program proves especially beneficial to vacationers and first-time guests as your round is guided by a trained forecaddie with broad knowledge of the course’s nooks and crannies. Klein Creek has the facilities and knowhow to host large gatherings and family functions. There are multiple banquet and meeting spaces, including the Creekside Restaurant. Members of The Royal Fox and The Royal Hawk enjoy reciprocal benefits at Klein Creek, and members at Klein Creek enjoy dining privileges at The Royal Fox and The Royal Hawk. The Royal 54 also

offers playing privileges to member guests. For more information on joining the Royal Country Clubs, please visit www.golfatroyal. com or call (630) 584-4000 ext. 235. For information strictly on Klein Creek, please visit www.kleincreek.com. Membership information, golf rates and online tee times are available.

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Klein Creek Golf Club

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l i Creek lein C kG Golf lf Cl Club b is i an 18 18-hole h l “must “ t play” l ” golf course conveniently located in suburban DuPage County, just south of Route 64 and east of County Farm Road. Klein Creek features contrasting gentle doglegs bounded by forest with strategically-bunkered fairways and greens, wild prairie grasses and more than 30 acres of man-made lakes. Klein Creek has been repeatedly recognized as one of the area’s best-maintained courses and Golf Digest’s Places to Play has awarded the course its 4-Star rating. The par-4 ninth hole has been rated as the most challenging No. 9 in Chicagoland. Klein Creek is the perfect setting for your next outing, fundraiser, wedding or other social occasion with a banquet facility that seats 250 comfortably. PGA professionals staff an award-winning pro shop and are available for lessons. Seasonal memberships and permanent tee times are also available.

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Ravisloe Country Club

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ft 108 storied fter t i d years as a private i t club, l b R Ravisloe il Homewood, IL (708) 798-5600 went public in 2009 to enthusiastic reviews and critical acclaim. The venerable facility qualifies as a Cook County www.ravisloecountryclub.com must-play not only in the south suburbs, but throughout RATES Chicagoland. Please call the Pro Shop or visit our Website for rates and specials. Boasting a Donald Ross pedigree (from a 1917-19 STATISTICS renovation) and a recent David Esler restoration (2002), Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Back 6321 70.8 127 splendid Ravisloe is a classic, parkland-style layout. The 5703 68.1 121 course features tree-lined fairways, greens that invite run- Middle Middle (W) 5703 73.1 126 5243 70.5 118 up shots, fairway bunkers that narrow the course consid- Forward erably, moguls and mounds, fescue grasses, cross bunkers, PERSONNEL General Manager ....Tim Marks, PGA pot bunkers and fall-away slopes surrounding the green Head Golf Professional.Kurt Uniek, PGA Manager ........Ashley Smith complexes to magnify mistakes. Exceptional conditioning Banquet Superintendent ...........Andrew Cross and a substantial investment in restoring and enhancing its clubhouse and grounds secure Ravisloe’s rank among the elite of Chicagoland’s upscale public facilities. Ravisloe’s Special Events program shares the limelight here as the club’s spectacular setting and attentive staff make Ravisloe perfect for hosting all manner of events, from weddings and parties to golf outings and tournaMap Key Number 7 ments. 294

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Stonewall Orchard Golf Club

Stonewall Orchard is the first Arthur Hillsdesigned layout open in Illinois.

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enowned d golf lf course architect hit t A Arthur th Hill Hills brings his award-winning design talent to Illinois for the first time with the classic layout of Stonewall Orchard Golf Club. Hailed as the world’s No. 2 designer by GolfWorld Magazine in 1998, Hills allowed the natural rolling landscape to dictate this magnificent 18-hole Lake County design. From the more than 65,000 fully mature pine and oak trees to the acres and acres of rolling hills, tranquil wetlands and wildlife, Stonewall Orchard has those unique, natural qualities often associated with golf in the Carolinas. Offering the public a country club environment in a relaxed atmosphere, Stonewall Orchard is one golf course you’ll want to play time and time again. We welcome you to enjoy this memorable experience. • Host site of the 2003, 2005, 2009 U.S. Open Qualifier • Host site of the Illinois PGA Section Championship

Grayslake, IL (847) 740-4890 Lake County www.stonewallorchard.com RATES Call our pro shop or visit our Web site for current rates and specials. STATISTICS Par: 72 Silver Gold White Turquoise

Yards Rating Slope 7074 74.7 148 6506 71.8 138 6032 69.5 133 5375 71.7 130

PERSONNEL Architect .......................... Arthur Hills Director of Golf ................ Jeff Pajula Head Pro .......................... Jeff Pajula Superintendent ..........Larry Flament

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Oak Grove Golf Course

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ure golf, lf in i a magnifi ificentt natural t l landscape l d unsullied lli d Harvard, IL McHenry County by development. That’s what you’ll experience at Oak (815) 648-2550 Grove Golf Course in McHenry County. www.oakgrovegolfcourse.com Oak Grove is among an elite handful of Illinois golf RATES courses ranked 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest. This championship Please call the pro shop or visit our 18 nestled in gorgeous, rural countryside features some of the Website for rates and specials. STATISTICS finest public greens in Chicagoland and private-club condiPar: 72 Yards Rating Slope tioning. Vibrant wetlands, mature oak savannas and generous Professional 7021 75.0 142 6613 73.1 138 fairways all contribute to Oak Grove’s unique ambiance. Swing Champ. Regular 6254 71.1 133 Senior 5737 68.7 127 away at the practice facility and following your round, “The Forward 5737 71.3 127 Lodge” clubhouse serves up delicious bar-and-grill fare. PERSONNEL Best of all, Oak Grove’s exceptional golf experience General Manager .........Tim Miles, Jr. Superintendent ........Ernest Johnson is accessible and affordable. “Our customers rave and are President/CEO............. Tim Miles, Sr. astounded we’re not packed, but we’re off the beaten path,” notes GM Tim Miles, Jr. With five tee placements per hole, the course is enjoyable for all levels, yet the CDGA ranks it among its toughest public tracks. Oak Grove’s exclusive private setting and spacious clubhouse make it an ideal venue for corporate and other large outings. A manageable drive from most of Chicagoland, Map Key Number 38 Oak Grove is also just 15 minutes south of Lake Geneva. Wisconsin Illinois

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Plum Tree National Golf Club

STATISTICS Par: 72 Blue White Gold Red(W)

Yards Rating Slope 6695 72.6 133 6399 71.3 130 6034 69.6 126 5710 73.0 129

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Hughes Creek Golf Club

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uilt ilt on a 170 170-acre ttractt off rolling lli ffarmland l d iin westt Elburn, IL Kane County ern Kane County, Hughes Creek Golf Club is an (630) 365-9200 Illinois golf destination that gets better each year. www.hughescreek.com A truly peaceful setting with a sympathetic relationship RATES with nature, Hughes Creek contains gentle rolling hills, Please call 630-365-9200 or visit wetlands, native plants, flowers and beautiful song birds. www.hughescreek.com to current rate information and coupons The panoramic view of the course from the clubhouse is unforgettable. STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope But don’t be hypnotized by the beauty of the layout. Blue 6506 71.4 123 Designed by Gordon Cunningham, Hughes Creek forces White 6204 70.0 120 Red 5561 72.3 120 a player to utilize every club in the bag to navigate its rolling topography. The course also requires accurate iron PERSONNEL Architect ........... Gordon Cunningham play into its greens, and once you’re reached the putting Director of Golf ......... Sam Bradberry surface, you’ll need to putt with precision to score well. Superintendent ........... Jim Pedersen Secluded and a long way from city streets, it’s just you, a few Redwing Blackbirds, American Goldfinches and the golf course at Hughes Creek. Be sure to visit the 19th hole to sample the area’s best home-cooked hot dogs or stop in the restaurant and enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner. For more information on 9 Map K M Key Number N b Hughes Creek, visit www.hughescreek.com. 38

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Golf Club of Illinois

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n 1990 Gary Pinns nns battled the blustery winds and snarling ing fescue at the Golf Club of Illinois to win the last of his five Illinois Open championships. A testament to the severity of the 7,041-yard par-71 course, Pinns, who is now one of America’s top teaching professionals, was the only man in the field to defeat par. The public links-style layout was softened in the decade after the ’90 Illinois Open, as hazards were removed from fairways and native grasses were trimmed to manageable heights. There are five tee positions in place at the course, saving beginners and high handicaps from having to tackle the course at full strength. General Manager Rob Lemke said the course is especially popular with senior players – proof that while Golf Club of Illinois can be a brute at times, its eminently playable for all ages and skill levels. Golf Club of Illinois was composed by popular Chicagoland architect Dick Nugent, and then partner Bruce Borland. Borland went on to build signature

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courses for Jack Nicklaus Design from his Indonesia, but met hometown of Peoria to Indonesia a very untimely and tragic end aboard the Learjet he shared with Payne Stewart and four others bound for The Tour Championship in Dallas in 1999. Although the design has been slightly altered since it debuted in 1987, its distinguishing characteristics still remain. Generous fairways, fescue rough, which tickles your knee caps in some spots, devilish sand bunkers and gentle mounding will be experienced from start to finish. One thing you won’t find at Golf Club Illinois is a tree. In true links fashion, the course is barren and completely at the mercy of gusting winds. As you make your way around the course, the wind will oscillate, blowing in your face and against your back. The greens are on the small side, and can be very quick and challenging, with substantial undulation in certain places. “This links-style course can be pretty brutal for the high-handicapper, especial-

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ly on a windy day,” said one golfer who recently tried his luck at GCI. “I’d avoid playing from the tips unless you’re a lowhandicapper or a real glutton for punishment. “But I guess as dedicated golfers, we’re all gluttons for punishment.” The most memorable, and most anticipated, hole at Golf Club of Illinois is the massive 11th, which measures 678 yards from the tips and plays as a par 5. At the time it was constructed, this beast was the longest par 5 in the United States. It’s since been surpassed at a number of facilities. As of June 1, 2010, the longest par 5 recognized by the U United States Golf Association is a 725-yard hole in Marana, Ari Arizona. The par-5 11th known as “Grant’s March March” is only four yards shy of b being eligible for par-6 status. T The USGA guideli h that any hole 691 lines are such yards and longer from the back tees and 591 and longer from the ladies’ tees can be considered a par 6.

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mid-iron from the green, but be careful of two bunkers that pinch the landing area at 160 yards out. Par is an achievable score here, but beware doubles and triples. Golf Club of Illinois has been impressing with its terrific conditioning as of late. The course brought in a new superintendent in 2006, and all greenside bunkers were overhauled at that time. The clubhouse was recently remodeled and contains a fully-stocked pro shop with the latest styles and equipment, a banquet room that can accommodate

225 guests and a 19th hole that serves drinks and casual fare. Men’s and Women’s locker rooms can also be found in the clubhouse. A practice facility is available for warm-up or postround practice and features grass and matted tees, target greens and hills and a putting green. To reserve tee times or learn more about the Golf Club of Illinois, please visit www.golfclubofil.com or call (847) 658-4400.

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olf Club of Illinois is an 18-hole tournament-caliber course open to the public. Located in Algonquin, less than an hour’s drive from the center of Chicago, this links-style layout contains all the aspects of Old World golf you’ve come to know and love – zero trees, native fescue grasses, rolling terrain, moguls, wide open fairways and plenty of sand bunkers. Designed by Dick Nugent, Golf Club of Illinois was once home to the longest par 5 in the country. The 678yard par-5 11th has been surpassed in length, but it’s still one of the most popular holes in the Chicagoland region and a true three-shot test. The course offers very competitive rates, and is by far the best deal for seniors in town. A clubhouse with locker rooms for either gender, a bar and grill area, 225-person banquet room and loaded pro shop is there to serve all of your golf and event needs. Golf Club of Illinois has been consistently rated as one of the “Top 10 Chicagoland Courses” by Chicagoland Golf, and has hosted the Illinois Open, Illinois Open qualifiers, PGA section tournaments and numerous junior events.

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th illi thrilling, b beautiful, tif l “bi “big-shouldered” h ld d” 18 18, T Tanna Geneva, IL Farms Golf Club promises a memorable and chal- (630) 232-4300 lenging experience. No. 1, a gorgeous island-green Kane County www.tannafarms.com par 3, sets the stage for a sequence of wonderful holes, RATES including two sprawling par 5s. Playing to 6,510 yards Please call the Pro Shop or visit our Website for current rates and specials. from the tips, this par-71 layout is a test of shot-making STATISTICS strategy that will require deployment of every club in Par: 71 Yards Rating Slope Black 6510 72.0 131 your bag. Yet at just 4,727 yards from the front tees, Blue 6033 69.8 126 with meticulously maintained bentgrass playing surfaces, White (M) 5437 67.1 119 Tanna Farms is a pleasure that is accessible and friendly to White (W) 5437 72.3 124 Yellow (W) 4727 69.4 115 golfers of all abilities. PERSONNEL General Manager ............Chad Zipse The course is just minutes from Randall Road on GeSuperintendent ....... Jason Dempsey neva’s west side, yet is surrounded by a prairie landscape Food & Bev. Mgr ........ Shaun Barnett Special Events .....................Ali Muno that feels light years away from the hustle and bustle of town. Onsite dining, T.F. Boonie’s Saloon & Eatery, is a full-service restaurant and bar featuring Old West theming, a delectable menu and a shady patio overlooking the 18th green. A spacious pavilion lets Tanna Farms accommodate groups up to 200+. With its fantastic location, the facility is ideal for corporate or charity outings, parties 40 Map Key Number and special events of all kinds. 31

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swego’s Fox Bend Golf Course is a layout that purists will enjoy playing. The 6,890-yard, par-72 is a traditional test of shot-making ability decorated with mature trees, plush fairways and receptive greens. Owned and operated by the Oswegoland Park District, Fox Bend is fair, affordable and formidable.The layout contains 34 bunkers and water comes into play on 11 holes. A canopy of 100-year-old oaks and willows tower overhead like relics of a different era as you traverse the landscape. “It’s picturesque,” said General Manager Brad Doyle. “On quite a few courses the trees aren’t mature, and that isn’t the case here. At Fox Bend, when you finish the round, you’ll remember the holes you play.” A brisk pace of play allows the golfer to develop a rhythm at Fox Bend – a luxury many courses don’t afford. “It’s a very nice course, in great shape with an interesting variety of holes,” commented a golfer who recently tackled the municipal track. “It’s not in a housing devel24

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opment, which is a plus. This is really just a well-managed course. Expected pace of play is four hours or less, and they keep people on track.” In 2011, Fox Bend will host yet another USGA qualifier. Previously the course has welcomed a number of distinguished tournaments - three Illinois Opens, the Illinois PGA Championship, Western Open qualifying and a 2010 USGA Junior-Am qualifier. Fox Bend has aged like a world-class wine, growing as a course and as part of the community since its debut in 1967. The golf course was a groundbreaking project built by Brent Wadsworth, owner of the Wadsworth Construction Company. He used the course as an outdoor showroom for his golf course construction business. Oswegoland Park District and neighboring Fox Valley Park District residents enjoy resident rates and all golfers enjoy reasonable daily rates at one of the western suburbs premier golf courses. Weekday rates, weekend rates, twilight rates and specials are available online at www.foxbendgolfcourse.com.

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Tee times can be reserved 30 days in advance for Monday-Friday, 10 days in advance for Saturday and Sunday, or 14 days in advance for holidays. You can book your tee time online or by calling the pro shop at (630) 554-3939. Amenities Complementing the course is a fully stocked pro shop featuring a wide selection of brand name equipment, apparel and golf accessories for any golfing need. Stop by before your round or wh while looking for the perfect gift for the golfe golfer in your life. Fox Bend Gift Cards are als also available at the pro shop and can be pu purchased in any denomination. practice greens Fox Bend features prac those looking for and a driving range for tho their round or a quick warm-up before th a place to polish their skills. The putting greens are open to all golfers at no charge, and we offer several options for those interested in fine tuning their skills on the driving range. Lessons The professional staff at Fox Bend has extensive teaching experience and offer clinics as well as individual and group lessons to those looking to improve their game. Clinics and lessons are available to golfers of all skill levels and ages. Information and registration for golf clinics can be found online at www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org. If you are interested in group or private lessons, please call (630) 554-3939. Dine at Pearce’s Overlooking the beautiful fairways at Fox Bend is Pearce’s restaurant. Pearce’s is open to golfers and non-golfers, and offers great food, a friendly atmosphere, and the best view in Oswego! Open for lunch and dinner, Pearce’s features eclectic 2011 ISSUE 2

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appetizers, signature drinks and weekly specials. To view Pearce’s menu visit www.foxbendgolfcourse.com. Visit Fox Bend Fox Bend is conveniently located at 3516 Route 34 in Oswego, Illinois and is accessible by both Interstate 88 and Interstate 55. For more information on Fox Bend and Pearce’s visit www.foxbendgolfcourse.com or call 630.554.3939.

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Great Greens, Options Off the Tee Test Even the Best at Hilldale

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people that are members of private clubs come and tell us that we have greens that are better than theirs. Really, the whole course is in great shape.” Thousands of golfers who’ve tackled this Robert Trent Jones track since it opened in 1971 have backed the course’s “Best in the Burbs” claim, and they return each year to experience big greens that roll fast and true. To test your skills with the flat stick, put Hilldale on your “must play” list this season. Visitors to Hilldale have found those

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fin nely-manicured greens are just part of the story at the lone RTJ design in Northern sto Illinois. In an age when distance dominates Ill the conversation and influences practice th habits of recreational golfers, Hilldale dares ha to dream that size doesn’t matter. At a modest 6,432 yards from the back tees, Hilldale requires not only strong forearms, but also a strong mind. Tacticians will find many ways to attack the course as drivers are often cast aside for woods and irons off the tee. Shaping shots and hitting your spots will set the table for approach to those fantastic putting surfaces. “I think anyone can play this course, but if you learn how to score at this course, you can score just about anywhere,” said General Manager Bill Salzman. “But you have to pay attention and play the right shots. If you watch the pros play on TV they’re not always hitting driver on par 4s. They’re hitting 3-wood or they’re hitting irons. You have to think about what you’re doing on this golf course too.” Located in the leafy suburb of Hoffm man Estates between the Poplar Creek F Forest Preserve and the Paul Douglas F Forest Preserve, Hilldale Golf Club is a cclassic tree-lined layout with some history – the course has hosted numerous Western O Open qualifiers. Water is found on 13 of 18 holes, and is just one of many obstacles at Hilldale that golfers must take into consideration. On several holes, positioning your shot for the best angles to the green is vital, and this aspect of the course affords plenty of risk and reward opportunities to keep the gamblers happy. “I love it when an architect forces me to think carefully and plan ahead before each shot and offers multiple paths to the green – with plenty of opportunities to get stupid,” once remarked the late Phil Kosin, an advocate for the public golfer and a 2011 ISSUE 2

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leading voice on the city golf scene during his career with Chicagoland Golf Magazine. “It’s a tight golf course – not real long,” said Salzman. “It’s a shot-maker’s course for sure. There’s lots of trouble with a high degree of difficulty. It’s a very challenging golf course; one we’re quite proud of.” Hilldale’s 550-yard par-5 second is a perfect example of the plotting required to navigate this traditional layout. A true three-shot hole, No. 2 is highlighted by a section of fairway that snakes through two water hazards squeezing it from both sides.

The approach shot is to a green tucked behind one of those hazards. The course’s website describes the putting surface as, “Huge, with an elephant buried in the middle of it - that kicks wedges away from middle and back hole locations.” “You have to negotiate your shots, ” said Salzman. “It’s definitely a three-shot hole.” Hilldale Golf Club is one of the best values in the area and features a driving range with all grass hitting stations and a multi-faceted short game area. The club hosts dozens of golf outings each year and is home to a sports bar and grille as well as an authentic sushi bar. For more information or to book a tee time visit www.hilldalegolf.com or call (847) 310-1100.

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urrounded by acres of McHenry County Conservation, Chalet Hills Golf Club has begun working on a new ‘natural’ initiative that will continue until completion in an estimated four to five years. The plan calls for working alongside construction and conservation groups to find more environmentally friendly alternatives. Included in the plan is the accumulation of more wildflowers and prairie grasses to match the courses natural surrounding beauty. By implementing these modifications, Chalet Hills is aiming to return to more of a links style golf course, become more ecologically friendly and appear to blend in even more to the natural beauty surrounding the magnificent course.

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When designer Ken Killian first surveyed the grounds that would become Chalet Hills Golf Club, he was immediately struck by the maturity and richness of the terrain. Design elements that many times must be artificially manufactured were already in place. This is as serene and secluded an environment you’ll find for golf in the Chicagoland area. There were rolling hills and forests full of old hardwood, hickory and oak trees, some of which are more than 200 years old, to frame fairways and create sightlines. Wetlands and water in the form of existing lakes and creeks add intrigue and force golfers to use their imagination. Water is a potential factor on 14 of 18 holes.

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“The potential at Chalet Hills presented itself not only as a good course, but a great one,” Killian commented, who also had a hand in designing Kemper Lakes. “I liken this course to a sleeping beauty. All I had to do is wake her. “The result is the greatest course I have ever designed, period,” he continued. “The property had every element necessary to create the ultimate golf experience. The trick tr was to mold fairways, greens and tee te boxes into some of the most beautiful fu nature I have ever had the pleasure to work with.” w A public-access course, Chalet Hills has h been lauded for its exceptional layout and an setting. The 6,877-yard course carries ri a 4.5-Star rating from Golf Digest, and Zagat Survey has listed the course as one of the top 5 in the state of Illinois. If you’re looking to break your routine and experience a truly one-of-a-kind layout, make your way to Cary and check out Chalet Hills. The course is renowned for its conditioning, challenge, elevation changes, exceptional service (expect the beverage cart to find you at least 4 times per round) and affordable pricing. Former Chicago Cub and WGN radio announcer Ron Santo said of the unique layout in Cary, “Chalet Hills is Chicago’s hidden gem.” “Conditions are fantastic all the time, and the greens are very fair with a lot of hidden, subtle undulations,” said Chalet Hills General Manager Brian Smith. “I don’t want to say they’re the quickest, but they always run smooth, true and at a very good pace” Each nine at Chalet Hills closes with a scenic and challenging hole. Holes 9 2011 ISSUE 2

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and 18 both dogleg around the club’s main lake and finish on a shared green visible from the patio of the clubhouse. The lake encircled by No. 9 and No. 18 was used by Killian on the par-3 17th to create an island green effect. This visual dilemma is considered one of Chalet Hills’ signature holes and one of the most recognizable sights on the Chicagoland golf scene. “It’s very scenic, and a great finishing stretch,” said Smith. Chalet Hills tempts you to cut corners, and demands accuracy in some spots with tightly wooded fairways. Four sets of tees enable all skill levels to enjoy the golf course. Virtually every inch of the course provides astounding natural scenery. In addition to the 18-hole championship golf course, Chalet Hills offers a driving range and a large putting green adjacent to the first tee. There is also a bar and grill with indoor and outdoor seating. Chalet Hills hosts a number of charity golf tournaments each year, and is available for weddings, banquets and outings. The clubhouse can seat up to 200 guests for functions. For more information on Chalet Hills Golf Club, visit www.chaletgolf.com or call (847) 639-5322. Online tee times are available.

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ary’s Chalet Hills Golf Club is an atypical golf experience that noted midwestern architect Ken Killian calls “the greatest course I have ever designed.” Killian wasn’t bashful about praising this layout, and rightfully so. Chalet Hills holds a 4.5-Star rating from Golf Digest magazine, and was lauded as one of the top 5 in the Chicagoland area by Zagat Survey. Exceptional scenery highlights the experience at Chalet Hills. Two-hundred-year-old oaks and hardwoods frame the undulating landscapes from tee to green. Lakes and streams add to the aesthetic value of the terrain and contribute to the risk-reward nature of many holes, like the 140-yard, par-3 17th, an enticing island green. “Usually, the development of a golf course begins from scratch,” stated Killian. “Here in Illinois, you get a flat piece of prairie and a blank piece of paper. You bulldoze in hills, plant tree seedlings and watch your design develop over the years, transforming itself into your vision. Chalet Hills was different, much different.” To break from ordinary, plan a day at Chalet Hills.

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The Links at Carillon

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Old Oak Country Club

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White Pines Golf Club A Chicago Classic

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ore than 80 years after the first 18hole golf course was constructed at White Pines Golf Club & Banquets, the facility literally remains near and dear to the heart of Chicagoans. Providing the public golfer 36 holes to experience, a terrific location convenient to downtown (30 minutes) and O’Hare International Airport (10 minutes) and a tremendous array of amenities, White Pines is popular and practical. The dual championship courses, East and West, weave through a thicket of trees and around a series of water features. White Pines is a classic Chicagoland layout where those who’ve been trapped in their houses during winter’s most chilling days can experience spring golf at its best. Originally built in 1928/29 by Jack Doray Sr., who was one of the founding

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members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, White Pines was retooled from 1977-79. The modernization didn’t take away from the Bensenville club’s old-time charm – greens of assorted size, pinched tree-lined fairways and strategic hazards. With the West Course maxing out at 6,624 yards and the East Course only measuring 6,371 yards, White Pines allows golfers to get around in four hours or less. The heavily-wooded areas that define the course place a premium on accuracy, and those who can shape shots and keep the ball moving on the intended line should have success here. Both courses are consistently kept in outstanding condition, and golfers routinely rate White Pines a fantastic value that exceeds expectations.

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“The price for what you got was really great,” said one recent visitor. “I’ve paid nearly twice as much for not nearly twice as good. Excellent bargain and a great golf course. I’ll be going back numerous times.” “My experience at White Pines was better than expected,” said another golfer. “Excellent conditions and friendly service. The beer cart girl was great. It’s a great value for the money. I would recommend it.” “Twilight prices are great,” commented a third recent visitor. “The staff is very friendly. This is one of the best deals for a park district course close to the city, and it’s in better shape than most comparativelypriced courses.” White Pines Golf Dome When weather allows, White Pines remains open year-round. In case of inclement conditions, the golf course is home to the White Pines Golf Dome. Maintaining a constant temperature of approximately 64 degrees even on the coldest winter days, The Dome is open Nov. 1 through May 1. The Dome measures 300 feet wide, 300 feet long and 100 feet tall. It’s considered one of the world’s premier indoor golf facilities. The Dome offers the following: three large target greens surrounded by two bunkers each, a 45-foot long contoured putting green, six suspended hitting targets for practicing your accuracy and 50 hitting tees on two levels and a state-of-the-art virtual golf simulator. Lessons are also available from a team of experienced PGA Professionals.

ways on hand to give you their undivided attention, or you can sign up for group lessons. Hitting bays feature grass and mat turf. Golf Outings and Special Events White Pines has also been successfully organizing a variety of golf outings for more than 50 years. The club’s recently revamped banquet room provides the perfect setting for a wedding reception, anniversary party, bridal shower or golf tournament. For more information on outing packages, visit www.whitepinesgolf.com or call Ginger Swalve at (630) 766-0304. Owned and operated by the Bensenville Park District, White Pines Golf Club & Banquets is continually improving services and expanding its facilities to better accommodate its guests. For the latest news, golf rates, a tour of the facility’s golf courses, golf specials and outing/event information, visit www.whitepinesgolf.com.

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Village Green Golf Course

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Nettle Creek Country Club

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Bonnie Brook Golf Course

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onnie Brook is one of the most popular public Waukegan, IL courses in Lake County, boasting a meticulously (847) 360-4732 manicured 18-hole course with rolling, wooded Lake County www.waukegangolf.org terrain. Its natural, picturesque landscape offers golfRATES ers the ability to enjoy tree-lined fairways, spacious Please call our pro shop or visit our greens, small lakes and the beauty of the north branch Web site for current rates & specials. of the Waukegan River, which flows gently throughout STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope the course. Yellow 6626 71.8 127 (M) 6294 70.3 123 With a course length of 6,701 yards, Bonnie Brook Blue Blue (W) 6294 75.9 128 White (M) 6026 69.1 120 offers championship golfers a solid test while being White (W) 6026 74.4 125 friendly and forgiving to the high handicappers. This Red (W) 5382 70.8 118 course is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 PERSONNEL GM/PGA Professional .....Tim Govern public golf courses in Chicagoland. Food & Beverage ............ Mike Steele Superintendent ............Greg Benson Centrally located in Waukegan, Bonnie Brook provides a friendly, hometown atmosphere both on and off the course. Relax, cool off and enjoy time with friends at the bar, grill and patio area of the clubhouse. Wadsworth Rd.

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Antioch Golf Club

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estt your golfi lfing ability bilit amid id th the ttranquil il setting tti off Antioch, IL (847) 395-3004 Northern Illinois’ Antioch Golf Club. Just south of Lake County the Wisconsin line, Antioch is a splendid layout imwww.antiochgolfclub.com mersed in nature. The 6,500-yard course offers three sets of tees placed among immaculately-manicured greens, scenic lakes, ponds and wetlands. Beginners will find refuge at this playerfriendly layout, while the most accomplished players must navigate obstacles that come into play from the back tees. RATES Risk-reward opportunities at Antioch come in the form Please call proshop or visit our website for current rates & specials. of a few drivable par 4s. PERSONNEL Antioch is Lake County’s premier golf outing and Head Pro ............... Vince Juarez, PGA banquet destination. The club specializes in corporate golf Superintendent .......... Adam Hanson outings, banquets, leagues and family functions. Permanent Banquet Mgr ............Jennifer Sullivan tee times are also offered at the club. Antioch has a banquet area capable of hosting up to 100 guests comfortably, while a larger corporate tent can accommodate 100-300 people. Now with several different packages, this is the place to hold your next function. Private and group golf lessons are also offered at Antioch 52 Map Key Number Golf Club. St. Line Rd.

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Buffalo Grove Golf Club

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ake your mark on this enticing municipal course that’s welcomed eager public golfers for nearly half a century. Buffalo Grove Golf Club has a traditional layout with a refreshing mix of mature trees complemented with well-positioned sand bunkers and water hazards. The design and layout remains enjoyable and challenging for all levels of golfers. Buffalo Grove Golf Club offers three tee positions, bentgrass greens and bluegrass fairways and tees. Buffalo Grove Golf Club also boasts an all-grass driving range with more than 25 hitting stations. Additional practice areas include a large putting green, sand bunker and a chipping/pitching area. If your game isn’t quite up to par, the PGA and LPGA professionals are available for lessons. The facility offers many other fine amenities including a full service pro shop featuring top brand merchandise, locker rooms with showers, rental clubs and much more. Buffalo Grove Golf Club is also home to the Village Bar & Grill, a refreshing place to sit after your round while you indulge on many fine menu selections and drinks. Visit us at buffalogrovegolf.com for more details!

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ocused on you” The Arboretum Club of Buffalo Buffalo Grove, IL Lake County Grove is a public facility with country club (847) 913-1112 style and flair. The course features bentgrass www.arboretumgolf.com tees, greens and fairways complemented with stratiglicalRATES ly-placed bunkers and water hazards. The course from Please call the pro shop for current rates or visit website. start to finish is a supreme test of shot making abilities. STATISTICS The Arboretum Club also features a pro shop that Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope 6457 71.6 137 carries many of the top brands in golf. Other amenities in- Champ Blue 6093 69.9 133 clude a spacious locker room with showers, putting green Red 5019 69.6 123 PERSONNEL and food and beverage service for any size group. Architect .............................Dick Nugent Facilities Mgr. .................. Joe Schwister The Arboretum Club also offers many great event Dir.of Golf ..................Carmen Molinaro packages and specializes in company outings, coporate Head Pro. ......................Geoff Tollefson and charity events. Need help with setting up your event; Superintendent ................... Rick Reed. our staff offers event planning assistance. Learn how the Arboretum Club is “Focused on you.” For additional information on the course, or to make arrangements to play, set up your outing, banquet or event call (847) 913-1112. You can also visit the Arboretum Club online at www.arboretumgolf.com for tee times and additional information. 25 45

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HeatherRidge Golf Course Gurnee, IL Lake County 847-367-6010 www.heatherridgegolf.com RATES Please call the Pro Shop for rates or visit our Website. STATISTICS Par: 35 Yards Rating Slope Blue 3007 69.4 110 White 2811 68.2 107 Red (W)Par:36 2515 70.2 117 Silver (Beginner)Par:32 1602 yards

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mong Chicagoland’s finest 9-holers, HeatherRidge is a picturesque and engaging full-length layout that is fun for all levels. Beautiful mature trees frame tees, fairways and some greens, while lovely creeks and ponds add interest and challenge on seven of nine holes. HeatherRidge opened in 1975 and is managed and meticulously maintained by GolfVisions. Rates are affordable here, and golfers appreciate the laid-back, friendly atmosphere. Many stay for delicious fare and a cold drink at our unique, outdoor Cabana Bar and Grill. Put HeatherRidge on your “must play” list this season!

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he relaxed atmosphere at this pretty, well-groomed, sporty 18-holer makes it welcoming and fun for all ages and ability levels. Hunter is a terrific place for a recreational round with friends…for parents playing with youngsters…for beginners, juniors, seniors…for competitive golfers looking to finesse their game in a low-key setting. While many golfers here opt to walk, Hunter offers power carts for those who prefer to ride. The course is just blocks from charming downtown Richmond on Highway 173.

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Deer Valley Golf Course Big Rock, IL Kane County (630) 556-3333 www.deervalleygc.net RATES Please call the Pro Shop for rates or visit our Website. STATISTICS Par: 29 Yards White 1358 Red 1238

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Glendale Lakes Golf Club

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lendale Lakes Golf Club is an 18-hole public golf course Glendale Heights, IL (630) 260-0018 located in the western suburb of Glendale Heights. Golfers can enjoy bentgrass tees, fairways and greens at DuPage County www.glendalelakes.com this Dick Nugent-designed golf course that will challenge golfers STATISTICS of all skill levels. Glendale Lakes has the added attraction of 11 Par: 71 Yards Rating Slope holes where water comes into play making each shot all the Blue 6175 69.9 125 White 5898 68.9 122 more dramatic. Known as a target golf course, Glendale Lakes Red (L) 4950 68.9 121 will challenge players of all abilities to play strategic golf. RATES With a beautiful banquet facility that can accommodate Call the proshop or visit our website for groups of up to 250 people, Glendale Lakes is the perfect place rates and specials. to hold your golf outing, business meeting, or any other gather- PERSONNEL Architect .........................Dick Nugent ing you are looking to host. Outing packages are available for General Manager ...Keith M. Knautz groups of 16 or more golfers. Packages range from golf only to Head Pro. ..................Jennifer Ferrell outings enhanced with bar packages and dinner buffets. Add to Superintendent ............ Curt Leming the outing packages the commitment of our professional staff and you have the perfect place to host your event. If you haven’t been to Glendale Lakes Golf Club lately, give us a try today. Open year round, tee times can be made by calling up to seven days in advance or going to our website at www.glendalelakes.com. 30 20

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SPECIAL EVENTS & OUTINGS A Guide to the Area’s Premier Venues for Golf Outings and Social Events

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Reinvent Yourself at Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club

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areer and personal milestones can transform an individual forever. A single meeting can be the beginning of a fulfilling life in a leadership position. A hole-in-one during a golf outing could give you bragging rights for life. A family reunion can change the course of a relationship. Weddings mark the beginning of a lifelong union, as two once independent lives become linked for all time. These transformative moments should be magical. At the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, where a multi million dollar enhancement to the golf course and clubhouse recently re-wrote the club’s own history, organizing a special event that meets the significance of the moment is an unwavering commitment. All of the changes that have taken place in the past few months at Bridges of Poplar 52

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Creek were in an effort to better equip the facility to host daily-fee golfers and guests of golf tournaments, banquets, business meetings and weddings. Modernization was achieved on many levels in regard to the 18-hole championship golf course. Water features were manipulated to improve the look, feel and challenge, and drainage was improved. Plaques paying tribute to golf legends were installed throughout the course. Playability will be the focal point of any golf outing at Bridges of Poplar Creek. Aesthetics were enhanced throughout the property, as eight timber bridges were installed to replace steel bridges to give the layout extra pop and appeal. The 18-hole championship course is now an even more pristine backdrop for your special day. Facilities available at the Bridges of Pop-

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lar Creek Country Club include a revamped clubhouse that contains a main banquet room. This main meeting hall also received a facelift during the overall renovation effort. A new 8,200-square-foot wedding pavilion complements the clubhouse. This space is designed for outdoor ceremonies. Why Choose Bridges of Poplar Creek? A good indicator of success in the golf outing business is frequency of repeat visitors. On average, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club hosts 90 outings per calendar year. Eighty percent of those groups are repeat clients. Here are a few reasons why groups choose to bring their business back to Poplar Creek: • Flexibility to personally assist groups with not only their needs but those of their vendors and additional sponsors • Organization skills possessed by the Bridges of Poplar Creek staff contribute to the uniqueness and memorability of the event • A challenging but fair golf course that tests the golfers skills but doesn’t overwhelm them and create a slow and difficult day

your event • Carts available for staff prior to your event Banquets, Weddings and Special Events Enjoy Bridges of Poplar Creek’s beautiful, upscale banquet facilities overlooking the recently renovated 18-hole championship golf course. Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club can custom design a package that meets your wishes and your budget. You’ll experience a country club atmosphere at an affordable price. Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club can accommodate 25 – 300 guests and specializes in – wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, religious celebrations, awards banquets, golf outings, ethnic catering, corporate meetings and events. For more information, call (847) 7813658 or visit www.bridgesofpoplarcreek. com. As a municipal facility, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club takes a family approach to golf and social activities.

Golf Packages Include: • 18 holes with electric cart • ProLink GPS scoring system that creates a live leaderboard in every cart • Range balls provided one hour prior to your scheduled tee time • Custom scorecard and cart plates with event logo • Set up and coordination of hole contests and sponsor signs throughout the course • Registration tables and prize tables at dinner • Discounts on tee prizes • On course beverage carts • A foursome w/cart as a prize for 2011 ISSUE 2

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Start to Finish at Seven Bridges

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oodridge’s stunning Seven Bridges Golf Club is one of the premier golf courses in the Chicagoland region, and one of the most challenging. Players who perform well here will walk away with a great sense of accomplishment, a newfound belief in their on-course abilities and memories that will last forever. Planning an outing or special event, especially one that commemorates or celebrates one of life’s many milestones, can be as challenging as a round of golf on a championship course. It can also be tremendously rewarding when every detail is done just right. From charity golf outings to beautiful wedding ceremonies, Seven Bridges has the facilities and expertise to deliver a first-class event from start to finish.

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Midwest, splendid Seven Bridges has become an extremely popular venue for golf outings of all shapes and sizes. A number of formats are available for groups to choose from. Modified shotgun starts can be scheduled for every day of the week and a portion of the golf course

Wedding Amenities • Butler passed hors d’oeuvres • Champagne Toast • Five-hour bar package • Four-course meal • Custom wedding cake • Dinner wine service • Fresh floral centerpieces • Chair covers • Floor length linens

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will be reserved for your outing. Full-field shotgun is another option, and gives your group exclusive access to the golf course. For more intimate events, consecutive tee time packages can be booked. This option is perfect for bachelor parties and business meetings. The team at Seven Bridges is dedicated to delivering a positive experience for everyone taking part in your event. This effort includes meticulous planning and a warm greeting as your group arrives. “Our team takes a very customized approach, and we like to feel like we’re part of the event committee,” said Seven Bridges Director of Golf Autumn Gilliam. “We participate in meetings, help with decision-making and work on sponsor d signs. We’ve really become involved in si every stage of the planning process. You’ll ev have one dedicated person involved in h everything. Our customers don’t have to ev deal with a separate person for golf and food and beverage.” All golf outing packages include 18 holes of championship golf and riding carts equipped with GPS systems. Worry Free Weddings Weddings at Seven Bridges are designed to reflect your wishes for a perfect day. Weddings are the most significant events hosted by the golf club and the responsibility of gathering family and friends for an unforgettable day is taken quite seriously. The lovely park-like setting offered at Seven Bridges is an integral part of creating indelible images. In fact, professional photographers often comment that the range of natural backgrounds available at the club have helped them produce some of the most unique images in their portfolios. Guests will enjoy lovely panoramic views from the Gallery banquet room or 2011 ISSUE 2

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the adjacent veranda. This space can be reserved for a luncheon, dinner or casual buffet. The dining element, like others involved in your special day, is fully customizable. Outside and indoor ceremony locations are available. With a spectacular natural setting graced with bridges leading from one plateau to another, mirroring the traditional path of our lives, and a staff of experienced professionals handling the minutiae, you can relax and enjoy the day’s special moments. Seven Bridges can accommodate weddings large and small (30-230 guests) with style and grace. And unlike large hotel and resort venues, you won’t have to share space with another wedding. To view sample wedding packages and download a wedding package brochure, visit www.sevenbridges.com and click on weddings. Photo galleries and virtual tours of past weddings at Seven Bridges are available online. If you’re looking for an early 2011 wedding, Seven Bridges is now offering a special discount for January, February and March weddings. Call Roisin Daly at (630) 964-7735 or email her at roisindaly@sevenbridges.com. To schedule an event at Seven Bridges today call Jason Svejda at (630) 964-7777 ext. 243 or send a quick email message to jasonsvejda@sevenbridges.com.

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Spend Your Special Day at

Bolingbrook Golf Club

The Reagan Grand Ballroom is the center piece of Bolingbrook’s special-event offerings.

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orty minutes southwest of Chicago, spread across a rolling countryside of rye grass and oak-accented hillocks, is Bolingbrook Golf Club, Illinois’ new standard for golf and entertaining. The 18hole Arthur Hills golf course and adjoining banquet facilities have individually been recognized for their excellence by local, national and regional publications. Bringing you the best of both worlds at one beautiful complex, Bolingbrook Golf Club has truly reinvented entertaining by creating a place where the experience of club life continues far beyond the 18th green. A bride will feel as comfortable as a PGA Professional. Bolingbrook guests will be blown away by the club’s magnificent facilities. The special events and outings operation is anchored by a 76,000-square-foot clubhouse. 56

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It holds an impressive grand ballroom complete with pre-function space, multiple restaurants and dining rooms and two wellappointed bridal suites. The clubhouse can accommodate any type of event, from corporate outings and fundraisers to society luncheons, family gatherings, and much more. There are more than 600 parking spots available at the club to serve groups of all sizes. Bolingbrook’s Reagan Grand Ballroom is a healthy 10,000 square feet. This luxurious space can accommodate up to 900 guests and has the versatility to break into five separate rooms for gatherings of all sizes. With its high-coffered ceilings and chandeliers, the ballroom makes an elegant backdrop for your reception. The gracious staff will carefully orchestrate all of the details to deliver a most memorable occasion.

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An adjoining veranda with outdoor GOLF OUTINGS AND EVENTS se seating and views of the picturesque golf Ranked as one of the best golf facilicourse is a prime spot for guests to reconco ties in the country, public, private or resort, nect over drinks and appetizers. The club’s Bolingbrook Golf Club is a wise choice ne cozy living room, warmed in the winter co when arranging your next golf outing or by a two-story fireplace, is also a popular tournament. The guest experience at Bolingga gathering place. brook includes: Overlooking a lake and fountains, the • Personalized bag tags, scorecards or Ro Rose Garden is a lovely site for a wedding scoreboards ceremony. This area can seat up to 300 guests. • Staff ready to help from vehicle to tee Bolingbrook has developed dozens of box trusted partnerships with area profession• Men’s and Women’s locker rooms als specializing in everything from music • Full-time locker attendant to lighting over the years. These industry • Convenient registration location near experts stand at the ready to complement banquet space, carts and first tee box and enhance your occasion. • Variety of on-course contests Bolingbrook received a 2010 Bride’s • GPS computers on golf carts Choice Award from WeddingWire.com, a • Ample facility space website that recognizes top local wedding • Extensive selection of Nike rental clubs professionals for their excellence in qualBolingbrook Golf Club is located a ity, service, responsiveness and professhort drive from the heart of Chicago off sionalism. I-55 in the Village of Bolingbrook. For more A list of available dates for 2011 can information on functions at Bolingbrook be found at www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com. Golf Club, call (630) 771-9400 or visit For detailed information on hosting your www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com. reception, ceremony or both at Bolingbrook ABOUT BOLINGBROOK Golf Club, contact talented Wedding CoorDeveloped by the Village of Bolingbrook in dinator Taryn Wade at (630) 771-9400 or 2002, the goals and objectives of the village twade@bolingbrookgolfclub.com. were to provide state-of-the-art banquet and Wade has been touted in customer golf facility that was second to none. The testimonials as the “real rock star at result is a masterfully designed 76,000Bolingbrook.” square-foot clubhouse, overlooking the “She has so much passion for what she award-winning championship golf course. does and goes out of her way Elegant dining is the specialty to provide you with a memoof the intimate East Room. rable and fun experience,” applauded one recent client. “She never made me feel I was inconveniencing her with all my questions and was willing to help and answer any question I had. She made this whole experience a positive one and I am so grateful she was helping us through the process.” 2011 ISSUE 2

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White Pines Golf Club Special Events Expert and Made Easy

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t’s been more than 75 years since the first 18 holes were constructed and subsequently opened for play at Bensenville’s White Pines Golf Club. Strictly a golf facility in the days of Amelia Earhart’s first transatlantic flight and the discovery of penicillin, White Pines has morphed into one of the most successful banquet and special event operations in The Chicagoland area. In addition to 36 holes of championship golf set upon hundreds of acres of picturesque terrain, White Pines has ample space and amenities to accommodate weddings, bridal showers, business meetings, golf outings or any variety of special event. At White Pines, special occasions are “expert and made easy.” Conveniently located just 10 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, White Pines is easily accessible and close to it all making the trip less stressful for your

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event guests, clients and co-workers. A full menu including appetizers, Hors D’oeuvres and sweets can be prepared for any occasion by White Pines’ expert culinary team. The kitchen is committed to excellence and prides itself on using the highest quality ingredients in carefully preparing your meal to achieve a superior dining experience. Golf Outings and Events The experienced event staff at White Pines specializes in full-service golf fundraisers and outings. In fact, the club has been hosting successful charity golf events for more than a half-century. Money has been raised for an array of events at White Pines over the years, including the Ronald McDonald House and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Golf outing packages at White Pines offer an all-inclusive experience. The club offers the following features: customized

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scoring, closest-to-the-pin contests, driving challenges, golf shop certificates, professional golf instruction and exclusive access to the banquet facility that can accommodate up to 300 guests. There is another option if you’re bringing a smaller group. Redesigned for banquets in 1990, the bucolic Pine Room is available for more intimate events such as holiday parties, birthdays, graduations, communions, office functions and showers. The Pine Room features a rustic interior design with bar area. With a limited capacity of 80, it’s a very comfortable and scenic setting just perfect for you and your guests. When discussing your options for your next golf outing or event, why not let the White Pines professionals take on the heavy lifting. Their convenient location and utilization of more than 240 beautiful acres makes White Pines Golf Club & banquet facilities a perfect choice for any fundraiser, corporate or social golf event. For more information and to reserve your White Pines golf outing today, please contact Ginger Swalve at (630) 766-0304, ext. 2 or email banquets@ whitepinesgolf.com. Weddings for All Seasons As a year-round facility, White Pines welcomes weddings in spring, winter, fall and summer. The naturally beautiful backdrop may change with the seasons, but the expert service and attention to detail remains consistent. 2011 ISSUE 2

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Following your customized ceremony (indoor or outdoor), guests will shuffle into the club’s charming banquet room, which provides breathtaking views of White Pine’s lake, waterfall and fountain. The beautiful space accented by high vaulted ceilings also showcases the golf course – treating everyone inside to panoramic views of the tree-lined layout. The banquet room has a capacity of 240 guests for wedding receptions. The White Pines wedding package includes a four-course meal, an open bar with premium liquors, bottled and draft beer, wines and soft drinks, a champagne fountain or toast, a wedding cake prepared to your specification, white linen tablecloths, colored poplin napkins and custom-skirted tables for the bridal party, place cards, gifts and cake. The club also provides background music, a public address system, wooden dance floor, coatroom facilities, and Bride’s Room. Packages also include a personal bridal consultant before and during your reception. For more information and to reserve your special day at White Pines today, please contact the Banquet Office, at 630-766-0304, ext.2 or email banquets@whitepinesgolf.com. Sample wedding packages are available online at www.whitepinesgolf.com. Don’t hesitate to inquire about discounted Friday and afternoon ceremonies.

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Ravisloe Country Club

Enchanting Elegance

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Klein Creek Golf Club Taking your Event to the Next Level

• Corporate Golf Outings • Permanent Tee Times • Bent Grass Greens, Tees & Fairways • Impeccable Course Conditions • Full-Service Restaurant and Bar • Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions (up to 270 guests) Head Golf Professional Matte Allman F&B Operations and Sales Mgr Kevin Caloia Course Superintendent Ernest Corsi

1N333 Pleasant Hill Rd., Winfield, IL 60190

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Special Occasions at Fox Bend Fox Bend offers packages to accommodate the needs of any outing outing. Our friendly and profes professional staff will help to customize your golf outing, with options for drinks, snacks, meals and more. The large banquet pavilion nestled near the course is the perfect place to end your outing. The pavilion can seat up to 200 people and may be reserved for wedding showers, graduation parties, family gatherings or other special events. The chefs at Fox Bend’s own Pearce’s restaurant offer a variety of catering packages as well as full bar service to fit your needs. From a casual office party to an elegant occasion, the professional staff at Fox Bend Golf Course will tend to the details to make your event memorable and enjoyable. For more information visit

www.foxbendgolfcourse.com or call Pearce’s Food & Beverage Manager at

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• Seats up to 200 people • Removable sides for temperature control • Ceiling fans, carpeted floor, lighting, double door entry • Sound system for announcements and music • Choose from a variety of catering packages • Cash bar and open bar packages available

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Planning an Upcoming Celebration?

Let us help create an event that creates lasting memories.

The Arboretum Club AMENITIES • Staff to help with planning • Convenient location • Space for small or large groups OCCASIONS • Rehersal Dinners • Showers • Weddings • Confirmations • Special Parties • Bat/Bar Mitzvahs • Baptisms • Holiday Events

Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Special Event Needs

847-913-9112

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More than a Championship 18-Hole Golf Course!

• Full-service bar and restaurant • Specializing in corporate and charity golf outings • On site event coordinators • Full-service banquet facility with 350 person capacity ballroom • 24,000 square foot clubhouse

7671 Clubhouse Drive | Yorkville, Illinois 60560

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GOLF INSTRUCTION Improve Your Game Today!

Bruce Rearick is the director of instruction at the US Golf Academy. See his blog in the Golf Tips section of chicago.golfersguide.com.

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The Golf Academy at Bolingbrook Golf Club

The Golf Academy at Bolingbrook Golf Club is home to GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher Carl Rabito. Individual and group lessons are available and use state-of-the-art video analysis. A large junior lesson program runs all summer. A complete schedule and registration information is available on our Website, www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com. The Golf Academy features 70 grass tees with 12 target greens, a 13,000-square-foot putting green, a short-game practice area with two greens with sand traps and two practice holes. The facility is lighted for nighttime use.

(630) 771-9400 www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com 1001 Kings Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60490

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UNITED STATES GOLF ACADEMY

Celebrating 40 years of service, and over 100,000 students! Join our PGA Professionals for a 1,2 or 3 day package and experience a mixture of the latest technology and hands-on lessons to quickly improve your golf game. Swan Lake Resort offers luxurious accommodations, great restaurants, 36 championship holes of golf and a 7,000 sq. ft academy. Academy specials start for as low as $289. Please email Chris Tilbury at ctilbury@swanlakeresort.com or call 800.935.5401. Make 2011 your year to improve! 5203 Plymouth-Laporte Tr.,Plymouth, IN 46564 • 800.935.5401 www.unitedstatesgolfacademy.com

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Advertiser Directory GOLF COURSES

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Antioch Golf Club Bolingbrook Golf Club Bonnie Brook Golf Club Bridges of Poplar Creek CC Buffalo Grove Golf Club Chalet Hills Golf Club Deer Valley Golf Course Fox Bend Golf Course Glendale Lakes Golf Club Golf Club of Illinois HeatherRidge Golf Course Hilldale Golf Club Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort Hughes Creek Golf Club Hunter Country Club Klein Creek Golf Club Nettle Creek Country Club Oak Grove Golf Course Old Oak Country Club Plum Tree National Golf Club Prairie Landing Golf Club Ravisloe Country Club Settler’s Hill Golf Course Seven Bridges Golf Club Stonewall Orchard Golf Club Tanna Farms Golf Club The Arboretum Club The Links at Carillon The Sanctuary Golf Course Village Green Golf Course White Pines Golf Club Whitetail Ridge Golf Club

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www.antiochgolfclub.com www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com www.waukegangolf.org www.bridgesofpoplarcreek.com www.buffalogrovegolf.com www.chaletgolf.com www.deervalleygc.net www.foxbendgolfcourse.com www.glendalelakes.com www.golfclubofil.com www.heatherridgegolf.com www.hilldalegolf.com www.golfindianlakes.com www.hughescreek.com www.huntercc.com www.kleincreek.com www.nettlecreek.com www.oakgrovegolfcourse.com www.oldoakcc.com www.plumtreegolf.com www.prairielanding.com www.ravisloecountryclub.com www.settlershill.com www.sevenbridges.com www.stonewallorchard.com www.tannafarms.com www.arboretumgolf.com www.carillongolf.com www.golfsanctuary.com www.villagegreencc.com www.whitepinesgolf.com www.whitetailridgegolfclub.com

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Eagle Creek Golf Club Glendarin Hills Golf Club Highland Park Golf Course Ironwood Golf Course Otter Creek Golf Course Prairie Vista Golf Course Purgatory Golf Club Swan Lake Resort The Course at Aberdeen The Den at Fox Creek The Fort Golf Course The Links at Ireland Grove Welbring Golf Club at ISU Whitaker Woods

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WEB SITE www.eaglecreekgolfclub.com www.glendarinhills.com www.highlandparkgc.com www.normal.org www.ottercreekgolf.com www.prairievistagc.com www.purgatorygolf.com www.swanlakeresort.com www.golfataberdeen.com www.thedengc.com www.thefortgolfcourse.com www.thelinksatirelandgrove.com www.isugolf.com www.golfwhittaker.com

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Rochester

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COURSE LOCATION PHONE HOLES PAR COURSE LOCATIONPHONE HOLES PAR Addison GC Addison, IL 630/628-9713 9 27 Downers Grove GC Downers Grove, IL 630/963-1306 9 35 Aldeen GC Rockford, IL 888/425-3336 18 72 Earlville CC Earlville, IL 815/246-9329 9 32 Anderson Field GC Streator, IL 815/672-3702 9 35 Edgebrook CC Sandwich, IL 815/786-3058 18 72 Anets GC Northbrook, IL 847/272-0770 9 28 Edgebrook GC Chicago, IL 773/775-6947 18 66 Antioch GC Antioch, IL 847/395-3004 18 72 Edgewood Resort & Spa Itasca, IL 866/NICE-SHOT 18 72 Apple Orchard GC Bartlett, IL 630/837-6568 9 27 Elliot GC Rockford, IL 815/332-5130 18 72 Arboretum GC Buffalo Grove, IL 847/913-1112 18 72 Evergreen GC Evergreen Park, IL 773/238-6680 18 71 Arlington Lakes GC Arlington Heights, IL 847/577-3030 18 68 Flagg Creek GC Countryside, IL 708/246-3336 9 33 Arrowhead GC Wheaton, IL 630/653-5800 27 70 Fort Sheridan GC Fort Sheridan, IL 847/266-2120 18 69 Atwood Homestead GC Rockford, IL 815/623-2411 18 72 Foss Park GC North Chicago, IL 847/689-7490 18 72 Balmoral Woods CC Crete, IL 708/672-7448 18 72 Fountain Hills GC Alsip, IL 708/388-4653 9 36 Barrington Park GC Barrington, IL 847/381-0687 5 16 Four Winds GC Mundelein, IL 847/566-8502 18 71 Bartlett Hills GC Bartlett, IL 708/837-2741 18 71 Fox Bend GC Oswego, IL 630/554-3939 18 72 Big Run GC Lockport, IL 815/838-1057 18 72 Fox Lake CC Fox Lake, IL 847/587-6411 18 72 Billy Caldwell GC Chicago, IL 773/792-1930 9 35 Fox Run GL Elk Grove Village, IL 847/228-3544 18 70 Bittersweet GC Gurnee, IL 847/855-9031 18 72 Fox Valley GC North Aurora, IL 630/879-1030 18 72 Blackberry Oaks GC Bristol, IL 630/553-7170 18 72 Foxford Hills GC Cary, IL 847/639-0400 18 72 Blackhawk GC St. Charles, IL 630/443-3500 18 72 Fresh Meadows GC Hillside, IL 708/449-3434 18 70 Blackstone GC Marengo, IL 815/923-1800 18 72 George W. Dunne GC Oak Forest, IL 708/429-6886 18 72 Bliss Creek GC Sugar Grove, IL 630/466-4177 18 72 The Glen Club Glenview, IL 847-/24-7272 18 72 Bloomingdale GC Bloomingdale, IL 630/529-6232 18 72 Glencoe GC Glencoe, IL 847/835-0250 18 72 Bolingbrook GC Bolingbrook, IL 630/771-9400 18 72 Glendale Lakes GC Glendale Heights, IL 630/260-0018 18 71 Bon Vivant CC Bourbonnais, IL 815/935-0400 36 72 Gleneagles CC Lemont, IL 630/257-5466 36 70 Bonnie Brook GC Waukegan, IL 847/360-4732 18 72 Glenview Park GC Glenview, IL 847/724-0250 18 70 Bonnie Dundee GC Carpentersville, IL 847/426-5511 18 69 Glenwoodie GC Glenwood, IL 708/758-1212 18 72 Boone Creek GC McHenry, IL 815/455-6900 18 71 GC of Illinois Algonquin, IL 847/658-4400 18 71 Boughton Ridge GC Bolingbrook, IL 630/739-4100 9 32 Golf Vista Estates Monee, IL 708/534-8204 9 29 Bowes Creek CC Elgin, IL 847/214-5880 18 71 Green Garden CC Frankfort, IL 815/469-3350 36 72 Brae Loch GC Grayslake, IL 847/223-5542 18 70 Green Meadows GC Westmont, IL 630/810-0181 9 30 Bridges of Poplar Creek CC Hoffman Estates, IL 847/781-3681 18 72 Greenshire GC Waukegan, IL 847/360-4777 9 27 Broken Arrow GC Lockport, IL 815/836-8858 27 72 Harborside Int’l GC Chicago, IL 312/782-7837 36 72 Buena Vista GC De Kalb, IL 815/758-4812 9 32 Heatherridge GC Gurnee, IL 847/367-6010 9 35 Buffalo Grove GC Buffalo Grove, IL 847/537-5819 18 72 Heritage Bluffs GC Channahon, IL 815/467-7888 18 72 Burnham Woods GC Burnham, IL 708/862-9043 18 72 Hickory Hills GC Hickory Hills, IL 708/598-6460 18/9 71/30 Cantigny Golf & Tennis Wheaton, IL 630/668-3323 27 72 Hickory Knoll GC Lake Villa, IL 847/356-8640 9 30 The Links at Carillon Plainfield, IL 815/886-2132 18/9 72/35 Hidden Meadows GC Park Forest, IL 708/747-0303 18 59 Cardinal Creek GC Beecher, IL 708/946-2801 18 72 Highland Park CC Highland Park, IL 847/433-9015 18 71 Carriage Greens CC Darien, IL 630/985-3730 18 70 Highland Woods GC Hoffman Estates, IL 847/359-5850 18 72 Cary CC Cary, IL 847/639-3161 18 72 Hilldale GC Hoffman Estates, IL 847/310-1100 18 71 Cedardell GC Plano, IL 630/552-3242 9 35 Hughes Creek GC Elburn, IL 630/365-6401 18 72 Chalet Hills GC Cary, IL 847/639-0666 18 73 Hunter CC Richmond, IL 815/678-2671 18 72 Chapel Hill CC McHenry, IL 815/385-3337 18 70 Indian Boundary GC Chicago, IL 773/625-9630 18 70 Cherry Hills CC Flossmoor, IL 708/799-5600 18/9 72/33 Indian Lakes Resort Bloomingdale, IL 630/529-6466 36 72 Chevy Chase CC Wheeling, IL 847/537-0082 18 72 Indian Oaks CC Shabbona, IL 815/824-2202 9 36 Chicago Heights GC Chicago Heights, IL 708/754-3673 9 35 Indian Valley GC Mundelein, IL 847/566-1313 18 71 Chick Evans GC Morton Grove, IL 847/965-5353 18 72 Ingersoll Memorial GC Rockford, IL 815/987-8834 18 71 Cinder Ridge GC Wilmington, IL 815/476-4000 18 72 InWood GC Joliet, IL 815/741-7265 18 71 Cog Hill Golf & CC Lemont, IL 630/257-5872 72 72 Jackson Park GC Chicago, IL 312/245-0909 18 70 Columbus GC Chicago, IL 312/245-0909 9 35 Joe Louis “The Champ” GC Riverdale, IL 708/849-1731 18 72 Country Lakes GC Naperville, IL 630/420-1060 18 73 Kankakee Elks CC St. Anne, IL 815/937-9547 18 71 Countryside GC Mundelein, IL 847/566-5544 36 72 Kemper Lakes GC Long Grove, IL 847/320-3450 18 72 Countryside West GC De Kalb, IL 815/758-5249 9 34 Ken-Loch GL Lombard, IL 630/620-9665 9 30 Coyote Run Golf Course Flossmoor, IL 708/957-8700 18 71 Klein Creek GC Winfield, IL 630/690-0101 18 72 Craig Woods GC Woodstock, IL 815/338-9781 9 34 Lake Bluff GC Lake Bluff, IL 847/234-6771 18 72 Crystal Woods GC Woodstock, IL 815/338-3111 18 72 Lake Park GC Des Plaines, IL 847/391-5730 18 54 Countryside West GC De Kalb, IL 815/758-5249 9 34 Lakemoor Golf Club Lakemoor, IL 815/759-0011 18 73 Coyote Run Golf Course Flossmoor, IL 708/957-8700 18 71 Ledges GC Roscoe, IL 815/389-0979 18 72 Craig Woods GC Woodstock, IL 815/338-9781 9 34 Libertyville GC Libertyville, IL 847/362-5733 9 27 Crystal Woods GC Woodstock, IL 815/338-3111 18 72 Lincoln Oaks GC Crete, IL 708/672-9401 18 71 Dayton Ridge GC Ottawa, IL 815/434-0145 9 36 Links & Tees Addison, IL 630/543-3111 3 12 Deer Creek GC University Park, IL 708/672-6667 18 72 Longwood CC Crete, IL 708/758-1866 18 70 Deerfield GC Deerfield, IL 847/945-8333 18 72 Macktown GC Rockton, IL 815/624-7410 18 71 Deerpath Park GC Lake Forest, IL 847/615-4290 18 70 Makray Memorial GC Barrington, IL 847/381-6500 18 72

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Manteno GC Manteno, IL Maple Meadows GC Wood Dale, IL Marengo Ridge GC Marengo, IL Marquette Park GC Chicago, IL Marriott’s Lincolnshire Rst Lincolnshire, IL Meadow Lark GC Hinsdale, IL Meadows GC Blue Island, IL Metrogolf Illinois Ctr Chicago, IL Mid Iron GC Lemont, IL Midlane CC Wadsworth, IL Mill Creek GC Geneva, IL Minne Monesse GC Grant Park, IL Mistwood GC Romeoville, IL Mount Prospect GC Mt. Prospect, IL Naperbrook GC Plainfield, IL Nettle Creek CC Morris, IL Nickol Knoll GC Arlington Heights, IL Nordic Hills Resort Itasca, IL Oak Brook GC Oak Brook, IL GC at Oak Brook Hills Oak Brook, IL Oak Golf of Genoa Genoa, IL Oak Grove Golf Course Harvard, IL Oak Hills CC Palos Heights, IL Oak Meadows GC Addison, IL Oak Springs GC St. Anne, IL Odyssey GC Tinley Park, IL O’Hare Ramada Hotel GC Rosemont, IL Old Oak CC Lockport, IL Old Orchard CC Mt. Prospect, IL Orchard Hills CC Waukegan, IL Orchard Valley GC Aurora, IL Palatine Hills GC Palatine, IL Palos CC Palos Park, IL Palos Hills GC Palos Hills, IL Peter N. Jans GC Evanston, IL Pheasant Run Resort St. Charles, IL Phillips Park GC Aurora, IL Pine Hills GC Ottawa, IL Pine Meadow GC Mundelein, IL Pinecrest Golf & CC Huntley, IL Pistakee CC McHenry, IL Plum Tree National GC Harvard, IL Pottawatomie GC St. Charles, IL Prairie Bluff Public GC Lockport, IL Prairie Isle GC Prairie Grove, IL Prairie Lakes Resort Marseilles, IL Prairie Landing GC West Chicago, IL Prestbury GC Sugar Grove, IL Randall Oaks GC Dundee, IL Ravisloe CC Homewood, IL Red Barn GC Rockton, IL Redtail GC Lakewood, IL Renwood CC Round Lake, IL River Bend GC Lisle, IL River Heights GC De Kalb, IL River Oaks GC Calumet City, IL Rob Roy GC Prospect Heights, IL Robert A. Black GC Chicago, IL Rolling Knolls CC Elgin, IL Ruffled Feathers GC Lemont, IL Salt Creek GC Wood Dale, IL The Sanctuary GC New Lenox, IL Sandy Hollow GC Rockford, IL

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815/468-8827 630/616-8424 815/923-2332 312/245-0909 847/634-5935 708/562-2977 708/385-1994 312/616-1234 630/257-3340 847/623-4653 630/208-7272 815/465-6653 815/254-3333 847/259-4200 630/378-4215 815/941-4300 847/590-6050 630/773-3510 630/990-3032 630/850-5530 815/784-5678 815/648-2550 708/448-5544 630/595-0071 815/937-1648 708/429-7400 847/827-5131 708/301-3344 847/255-2025 847/336-5118 603/907-0500 847/359-4020 708/448-6550 708/599-0202 847/475-9173 630/584-4914 708/898-7352 815/434-3985 847/566-4653 847/669-3111 815/385-9854 815/943-7474 630/584-8356 815/836-4653 815/356-0202 815/795-5107 630/208-7600 630/466-4177 847/428-5661 708/798-5600 815/624-8037 815/477-0055 847/546-8242 630/968-1920 815/758-1550 708/868-4090 847/253-4544 773/764-4045 847/888-2888 630/257-1000 630/773-0184 815/462-4653 815/987-8836

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Schaumburg GC Senica’s Oak Ridge GC Settler’s Hill GC Seven Bridges GC Shady Lawn GC Shamrock GC Shepherd’s Crook GC Shiloh Park GC Silver Lake CC Sinnissippi GC South Bluff CC South Shore GC South Shore GC Spartan Meadows GC Sportman’s CC Springbrook GC St. Andrews GC The Station GL Steeple Chase GC Stonewall Orchard GC Stony Creek GC Streamwood Oaks GC Sugar Creek GC Sunset Valley GC Swanhills GC Sycamore Park DistGC Sydney R. Marovitz GC Tam GC Tamarack GC Thunderhawk GC Timber Trails CC Tuckaway GC Twin Lakes GC Twin Lakes GC Urban Hills CC Valley Green GC Vernon Hills GC Victorian GC Villa Olivia CC Village Green CC Village Greens Village Links Walnut Greens GC Water’s Edge GC Weber Park GC Wedgewood GC Western Acres GC Westgate Valley CC White Deer Run GC White Mountain RC White Pines GC Whitetail Ridge GC Willow Crest GC Willow Glen GC Willow Run CC Willowhill GC Wilmette GC Wing Park GC Winnetka GC Woodbine GC Woodruff GC Zigfield Troy Golf

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LOCATIONPHONE Schaumburg, IL La Salle, IL Batavia, IL Woodridge, IL Beecher, IL Kankakee, IL Zion, IL Zion, IL Orland Park, IL Rockford, IL Peru, IL Momence, IL Chicago, IL Elgin, IL Northbrook, IL Naperville, IL West Chicago, IL Glenview, IL Mundelein, IL Grayslake, IL Oak Lawn, IL Streamwood, IL Villa Park, IL Highland Park, IL Belvidere, IL Sycamore, IL Chicago, IL Niles, IL Naperville, IL Beach Park, IL La Grange, IL Crete, IL Westmont, IL Palatine, IL Richton Park, IL North Aurora, IL Vernon Hills, IL Rockton, IL Bartlett, IL Mundelein, IL Woodbridge, IL Glen Ellyn, IL Schaumburg, IL Worth, IL Skokie, IL Joliet, IL Glen Ellyn, IL Palos Heights, IL Vernon Hills, IL Tinley Park, IL Bensenville, IL Yorkville, IL Oak Brook, IL Great Lakes, IL Mokena, IL Northbrook, IL Wilmette, IL Elgin, IL Winnetka, IL Lockport, IL Joliet, IL Woodridge, IL

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THE PERFECT DRIVE Courses Outside Chicago that are Worth the Drive

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Indiana National Golf Club at Swan Lake Golf Resort

Both of Indiana National’s courses are 4-Star quality.

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Salute The Fort – One of Indiana’s Finest

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mong the pantheon of golf courses emblazoned with the name of legendary architect Pete Dye, The Fort is not the flashiest. It’s not the most recognizable. It’s not the newest. It is the most historically significant, and a damn fine golf experience at that. Dye, along with associate Tim Liddy, re-tooled The Fort in 1998 to create the wonderfully wooded layout you’ll find tucked away in the shadows of downtown Indy. Designer and canvas just so happen to share a similar background. While Mr. Dye never saw combat time during his time enlisted in the United States Army, he was stationed at both Fort Benning (Georgia) and Fort Bragg (North Carolina). At Fort Bragg he served dutifully as greenskeeper of the base golf course, and during trips to nearby

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Pinehurst, developed a relationship with Donald Ross. His love for “digging in the dirt” was born and the rest is history. Established seven years after Fort Benjamin Harrison was officially decommissioned, Dye stepped in to craft a course in the middle of a 1,700-acre state park. Opened in 1906, Fort Ben was an active military base from World War I until Operation: Desert Storm. The base housed prisoners of war during the World War II. Currently ranked as the No. 3 place

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you can play in the entire state of Indiana by Golf.com, The Fort Golf Course is a beautiful and challenging design known for its tree-lined fairways, rolling hills and undulating greens, which have Dye written all over them. The course has also received a 4.5-Star rating from Golf Digest and was rated No. 1 in Indiana by Golfweek. “There simply is not a better piece of property in Central Indiana upon which to build a championship golf course,” said Head Golf Professional Jon Chapple. “The Fort’s unpredictable topography and Pete Dye’s visionary architecture have joined to create experience that is unparalleled in the Hoosier State. It is not surprising that time after time the golf course is a regular feature in annual golf course rankings.” The Fort showcases the best of what Indiana golf has to offer. At 7,148 yards playing to a par 72 over nearly 240 acres, this layout meanders through trees, valleys and wetlands in order to create an experience that allows the golfer to enjoy nature and the game all at once. It’s an impossible chore to select just one signature hole at The Fort. Nos. 4, 5, 6, 11 and 18 are all worthy of that distinction. Each of these Dye creations shares a few common traits: thick woodlands and elevation changes, which demands a precise tee shot. Each hole then concludes on quick greens requiring a skillful sense of finesse. The course has also become a popular “Stay and Play” because of the variety of lodging options available. Golf packages at The Fort include 18 holes of golf with cart, overnight lodging, unlimited range balls, complimentary bag storage and souvenir bag tag and ball. The facility has become a trusted choice for corporate and charity outings. Here are some facilities available for lodging and events: 2011 ISSUE 2

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The Main Lodge – A 27-room facility located just 300 yards from the golf course The Harrison House – A more intimate facility with suites and very comfortable overnight accommodations a mere 100 yards from the golf course Officers Homes – Fully furnished 3-bedroom homes that once housed visiting dignitaries and military generals Garrison Conference Center – The ideal space for your wedding or business conference, the Garrison has a dining room that offers daily lunch, weekend dinner buffets and delicious Sunday brunches. In addition to the conference center, overnight lodging accommodations and championship 18-hole golf course, The Fort has outstanding practice grounds, private and group instruction and men’s and women’s locker rooms. Tee times can be booked online at www.thefortgolfcourse.com or by calling the pro shop at (317) 543-9597.

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The Course at Aberdeen

Discover a Midwest Masterpiece in Northwest Indiana

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organic shapes and swales of the land. “When course development began, the land was kept in tact as much as possible including environmental areas and wetlands,” said Aberdeen’s General Manager Mike Higdon. “Hurdzan’s number one thing as an architect from everything that I’ve read and seen is that he doesn’t like to move a lot of dirt. “He takes the natural lay of the land and let’s that be by and large the way the course is routed. This course was originally an old horse farm. He didn’t move a lot of dirt, and left all that intact, which is what makes it so beautiful and peaceful. You’ll probably see deer, foxes, rabbits… all sorts of wildlife; things you wouldn’t encounter at a city or municipal course.” The Course at Aberdeen is the only course in northwest Indiana to earn a 5-Star rating from Chicagoland Golf Mag-

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azine. Highlighted by stunning natural aesthetics and a serene atmosphere, this championship-caliber course has become a worthwhile road trip for golfers from South Bend to Springfield. What awaits golfers who make the short travel from Chicago and beyond – a course that offers reasonable prices, a shot-making challenge and Indiana peace of mind. “When you’re out here, you feel like you’re the only group,” Higdon said. “Each hole has its own unique footprint and no holes are located side-by-side. They all intertwine through a maze of ponds, creeks, mature trees and environmental areas. “You really don’t see any other golfers during the round,” he added. “You’re out there by yourself. Our course enables you to be out there and relax; really enjoy the scenery.” Hurdzan and his design team have built a number of highly regarded layouts in the Midwest including Wisconsin’s Erin Hills and Peoria’s WeaverRidge. The group also led the expansion of the historic 18-hole course at Philadelphia Cricket Club. The Course at Aberdeen is cut out of the former Timberlake Horse Farms rolling hills and provides a sustainable natural habitat for surrounding wildlife. The tees, fairways and greens are all bentgrass and create a very manicured, country club environment. The most treacherous section of the golf course is from holes 10-12 – call it northwest Indiana’s version of Amen Corner. The 5142011 ISSUE 2

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yard 10th hole is a relatively easy par 5 that can be exploited, but plenty of players have walked off the green frustrated. The 195-yard par-3 11th is the most challenging short hole at Aberdeen, and requiring a well-struck tee shot to avoid disaster. Finally, the 418-yard par-4 12th features a carry over two environmentally sensitive areas – one to the initial landing area and another before the green, which creates an island fairway effect. “If you get through those three at even-par, you’ve done an amazing job,” Higdon remarked. Every hole at The Course at Aberdeen is strategically placed to enhance its individual character and provide an enjoyable golf experience to every golfer, regardless of the skill level. With an excellent facility and an experienced professional staff, The Course at Aberdeen is guaranteed to provide the total golf experience that every player is looking for. In addition to a championship design, The Course at Aberdeen is home to a terrific practice facility and a fully-stocked pro shop. The golf course specializes in small corporate outings from 40-80 players. Rated 4 Stars by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” guide, The Course at Aberdeen offers a golf experience amid the beautiful Indiana countryside. For more information on the course, or to book a tee time, visit www.golfataberdeen.com.

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ocated a mere two hours from Chicago, Bloomington-Normal is the perfect destination for a weekend golf getaway! Bloomington-Normal Bl i N lb boasts six i outstanding di public golf courses with each hosting a variety of prestigious tournaments including the COUNTRY Youth Classic, IHSA State Championships and NCAA Regional Championships. Golf enthusiasts will love The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington, an exquisite Arnold Palmer Signature Designed Course with 131 strategically strategically-placed placed sand traps and water hazards on 9 of the 18 holes. Ironwood Golf Course in Normal is a championship course designed by Roger Packard. The Weibring

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Golf Club at Illinois State University was designed and coordinated by PGA Champions Tour Player and ISU Alumnus D.A.Weibring and his company Golf Resources, Inc. The City of Bloomington opened the American Contemporary Style Prairie Vista Golf Course in 1991, which features water hazards on 16 of the 18 holes. The Highland Park Golf Course Cour offers mature trees, narrow fairways, small smal greens, a hilly terrain and a beautiful meandering meand creek. The Links at Ireland Grove features fea over an acre of target greens, several bunkers, bu two fairways and nearly two acres of natural na grass hitting area. Looking to make a weekend trip? Look Many ho hotels in the Bloomington-Normal area have created lodging packages with the courses. V Visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Conventio Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.bloo www.bloomingtonnormalcvb.org for hotel package in information.

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6,745 Yards / Par 72 / 18 Holes / www.prairievistagc.com

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It’s no surprise Long Cove Club is considered the area’s best-kept secret. Since 1981 our members have been quietly enjoying the good life. Our Pete Dye Golf Course, ranked in the Top 100 for nearly three decades, sets the tone for the community as it graciously sweeps the salt marsh, lagoons, pine and live oak forests that surround it. But Long Cove Club is so much more than a private community offering a golf experience unlike any other. From the first class tennis facility to the breathtaking marina, members here enjoy all the activity they could hope for or all the solitude they could want. To discover the good life at Long Cove Club, please contact Parker Harrington, Membership Director at 1-855-Find LCC or parker@longcoveclub.org

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is home to Harbour Town along with two other resort courses – The Ocean Course and Heron Point by Pete Dye. Two miles north up the island is Palmetto Dunes Resort, another popular destination featuring three championship layouts highlighted by the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course. Just off island, there’s Hilton Head National, a collaborative effort between Gary Player and Bobby Weed, that leads the way for mainland golf. Additionally, the private communities of the Hilton Head and Bluffton areas are among the finest in the Southeast. On the island, Long Cove Club and its Dye-designed course is nationally-ranked private facility. Off island, Belfair is a renowned community featuring 36 holes of Tom Fazio-designed championship golf. Whether it’s a first experience, a renewal of acquaintances or a lifestyle change, Hilton Head Island awaits for those seeking new adventures on and off the golf course.

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