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LOCAL GOLF [p3] 4 golfers honored by GHOF
BIRDIES FOR CHARITY [p5] r aises almost $3,000 for youth golf programs
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STARTED ON An RPD GOLF COURSE [p7] A look at where area youth golfers are now.
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EXCELLENCE [p12] S innissippi Golf Course celebrates 100 years
[p10] T aking the indoors out for a new dining and relaxing experience
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ENVIRONMENT [p11] S innissippi receives Audubon certification
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Executive Editor Nancy Joan Kauzlarich Editor David J. Claeyssens Writers Duncan Geddes, Laura Gibbs-Green, Nancy Joan Kauzlarich, Sara Saunders, Karen Weis Graphic Designer Lis Thompson
to our loyal golfers! The Board of Commissioners thanks you for your continuing support of Rockford Park District golf courses, and we truly appreciate your patronage.
We know you have many choices when it comes to taking lessons or playing a round of golf, and we’d like to thank you for choosing to play at Aldeen, Elliot, Ingersoll, Sandy Hollow, and Sinnissippi golf courses. We strive to offer the best possible playing conditions within the resources we are given, and our goal is to keep fees as reasonable as possible to accomplish that. The economic conditions continue to be challenging for people to participate as much as they would like to, and the Park Board and Rockford Park District Foundation are committed to providing youth opportunities to play and learn golf through the Fun for All Kids scholarship program.
This summer, the Board is conducting an at-large citizen survey, and we invite your participation and feedback through customer survey opportunities through the RPD web site, focus groups, or communication with the Golf Advisory Committee. We continue to maintain pricing for golf services as affordable as possible, and try to offer you value-added benefits. You can take advantage of discount specials offered at Ingersoll throughout the summer. If you would like to take up the game of golf or improve your score, the Park District has lessons available for all ages and all skill levels, including beginners. It’s never too early (or too late) in life to take up this great game.
See you on the links!
We’re celebrating the 100-year history of Sinnissippi Golf Course this year, with special promotions and events. On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, as well as the men and women of the Rockford Park District, thank you for choosing to spend your time with us. We hope you enjoy the links while you are enjoying life! ◆
Jack L. Armstrong President, Board of Commissioners
COMMISSIONERS Jack Armstrong • Douglas J. Brooks • Ian K. Linnabary • Nate Martin • Tyler Smith | Tim Dimke, Executive Director
Riverside Community Bank hosts Spring Golf Kick-off at Elliot March 24 Join the Rockford Park District for the Riverside Community Bank spring golf kick-off at Elliot Golf Course (888 S Lyford Rd, Cherry Valley) on March 24 from 9:00 am to noon. Have a banking question? Riverside Community Bank representatives will be on hand to help with your banking needs. Get a quick putting tip from a PGA Professional, warm up your swing on the driving range with complimentary range balls, sign up to win a 4-course golf permit for the 2012 season, learn about the Park District lesson programs,
tournaments, and the Golf Ball Drop on August 3, or pick up information on the Rockford Area Men’s Golf Association and the Aldeen Men’s Golf Association. Riverside has been a valued partner of the Rockford Park District for 10 years, and we appreciate their support in hosting this event that gets golfers “in the swing” for 2012. ◆
Beyond the game Meet the 2011 Inductees of the Golf Hall of Fame presented by The Rockford Area Golf Hall of Fame is a way to recognize, preserve, and promote the heritage of golf in the Rockford area. The Hall of Fame honors the contributions and accomplishments of individuals who are worthy of recognition and are examples for others to emulate. The Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2011 is Conny Sjostrom Sr. and Irene Sjostrom Youth Golf Foundation, Jamie Hogan, Gunnar Nelson, and Rockford Sportsmen’s Golf Association. Inductees are selected through careful consideration by screening and selection committees comprised of knowledgeable golf experts representing area groups and organizations, including previous Hall of Fame inductees. The Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held Monday, September 12, 2011 at Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort immediately after the Golf Hall of Fame Play Day at Aldeen Golf Club. Jamie Hogan was recognized for his golfing prowess, which started at a very young age. While living in Iowa, he captured the freshman medal for Oskaloosa High School at the Ottumwa Invitational. His golfing career continued to elevate when he moved to Rockford and joined the Guilford golf team. He played varsity all four years, and was captain during his senior year. At Iowa State, Jamie set the all time maximum number of birdies recorded in the conference tournament during his freshman year. After taking a break from golf for a few years, Jamie came back strong. In 1999 he won the Greater Rockford Men’s Golf Classic. During his speech
Jamie said, “You see, for me, what’s best about golf is all of its human ingredients, all the different personalities of players, players‘ friends, players‘ caddies, even heavy breathers — it’s downright fun to get to know them all. Golf is a game like no other.” Since 1999, he has garnered over 24 local championships, including the Men’s Classic (8), Aldeen Cup (4), County Amateur (1), and the Gold Medal (4), to name just a few. Jamie also volunteers hundreds of hours for the Park District’s PGA Medalist program and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, which reach over 150 youth each year. Gunnar Nelson began his golfing career at the age of eight as a caddy at Jackson Park Golf Course in Chicago. In 1929, he accepted a position with the Rockford Country Club. His contributions to Rockford golf are numerous, as were his friends and golfing acquaintances. Gunnar retired from his position as Director of Golf at Rockford Country Club in 1967 after 38 years of service. He loved to compete, but most of all, he was a patient, enthusiastic teacher of golf. The Rockford Sportsmen’s Golf Association (RSGA) was founded in 1948 and is a non-profit organization which promotes and directs the affairs of athletic, social, charitable, and educational nature among its members. The youth component of the RSGA began in 1968 and incorporates the “Big Brother” concept relating to golf. Members “adopt” a youngster and teach them the game of golf. Along with golf, the youth are taught good sportsmanship, the importance of rules, how to respect the rights and property of others, all while providing an opportunity to learn about themselves and
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their capabilities. The RSGA also provides all the equipment for this program. The Conny Sjostrom, Sr. and Irene Sjostrom Youth Golf Foundation was established in 1997 to celebrate the late Conny Sjostrom, Sr., his wife, the late Irene Sjostrom and the love of the game that they shared. Margie Sjostrom, daughter of Conny and Irene, talked about the mission of the Foundation during the acceptance speech stating, “Our mission is to introduce golf to our youth and to watch them grow in their skills.” The Foundation provides financial assistance to support participation in tournaments and to allow area youth to go on field trips to see the best golfers in the world compete. The true passion of the Foundation lies in purchasing trophies for the Boys and Girls Golf Classic. Beginning in 1997, the participants in both tournaments receive the same type of trophy due to additional funds provided by the Foundation. Many remember the best part of the awards ceremony being Mrs. Irene Sjostrom. When each recipient received their age group trophy, Mrs. Sjostrom provided a big hug and wonderful words of encouragement. The keynote speaker at the Golf Hall of Fame dinner was Dan Jansen, who provided the world with a very memorable moment when he won a gold medal in 1994 during his final Olympic speed skating race after suffering through years of heartbreak. We’re looking for the Class of 2012! If you have someone you would like to nominate, visit rockfordparkdistrict.org or pick up a nomination form at Park District golf courses and both Customer Service locations. Deadline for submission is July 2, 2012. ◆
Lesson programs enhanced by
new PGA Youth Academy The PGA, one of the foremost authorities in golf, is pursuing a more standardized approach to growing junior golf participation. Building off the pre-existing PGA First Swing and PGA Medalist programs, the PGA Youth Golf Academy is a national program with a collaborative framework based on research and best practices from PGA professionals. The PGA Youth Golf Academy’s main focus is to coordinate a fun, systematic approach to develop long term player development that will continue the play of golf socially or competitively.
Academy (formerly the PGA Boys Medalist) and the Youth Golf Academy (formerly the Youth Golf Camp). “We are excited to be a part of the new national PGA Youth program. We feel the curriculum is a perfect fit for our programs and will offer a new and fresh approach to learning the game,” stated Steve D. Moore, PGA Certified teaching professional and Rockford Park District Coordinator of Instruction.
Participants will be instructed in five areas that will help youth learn, develop, and practice skills to be come a better golfer and enjoy the sport of golf. The five areas are: golf skills, sportsmanship, etiquette and rules, real on-course experiences, and golf physical assessments.
The PGA Academy “Fit for Golf” guide will also be incorporated in these programs. The guide offers ideas for healthy eating, getting active, and exercises for the golfer. The guide will be incorporated in other youth lesson programs and will be available for all golfers to download from rockfordparkdsitrict.org in late April. ◆
The Rockford Park District is eager to incorporate this approach in the PGA Boys
Golf in-school PE programs During 2011, 21 schools participated in the Golf Services PGA First Swing Lesson Program. Staff instructed 950 participants, and an additional 5,200 participants received instruction from PE teachers at their respective schools. These schools were: Alpine Luther Academy, Bloom, Brookview, Ellis Arts Academy, Gregory, Harlem, Jefferson, Lathrop, Machesney Park, Maple, Marquette, Montessori, Montessori Private Academy, Spectrum, Summerdale, Rock Cut, Rolling Green, St. James, St. Peter, Whitehead, and Windsor. A total of 991 kids went on field trips to the golf courses for lessons on the driving range and the Ingersoll Learning Links Course. The Park District offers The PGA First Swing golf curriculum to area schools at little or no cost. ◆ If you are a Physical Education teacher and would like to include golf in your curriculum, contact Golf Services at 815-987-1602, and we will have our First Swing Coordinator contact you!
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August 3, 2012 Tickets $5 a ball Aldeen Practice Centre • 6:13 pm 1902 Reid Farm Rd • Rockford, IL
A group of numbered balls will be dropped from a lift hovering over a pre-selected hole at Aldeen Practice Centre. The first golf ball in the hole, or the one closest to the hole, wins the grand prize. Additional targets will be placed on the green surrounding the hole for a chance to win additional prizes. The Great Golf Ball Drop is a special event to benefit the Rockford Park District Foundation and Rockford Park District youth golf programs. A big THANK YOU! to all who purchased tickets for the 2011 event. The 2011 Great Golf Ball Drop generated over $9000 for Rockford Park DIstrict youth programs! Must be age 18 or older to win. For a complete list of rules, go to rockfordparkdistrict.org/gbdrop
Friday, August 3 at Aldeen Golf Club Ruth and Dan Nicholas, honorary chairs • proceeds benefit City of Gardens and Rockford Park District youth golf programs Entry fee of $100 per golfer includes green fees and cart, complimentary tee gift, lunch, and light fare following the event. For more information, call 815-987-1602.
Aldeen Golf Club regulations require players to wear a collared shirt; no metal cleats allowed. If golf is canceled due to inclement weather, golf certificates will be issued. Lunch held rain or shine!
Golf advocates help raise almost $3,000 for Park District youth golf programs through the John Deere Birdies for Charity program Ken and Sue Roeh donate on behalf of their granddaughter. Why donate to the Birdies for Charity program instead of directly to the Rockford Park District Foundation? Just ask former residents Ken and Sue Roeh. In 2010, the Roeh’s donated $1,000 to the Rockford Park District Foundation to help support the LPGAUSGA Girls golf program. In 2011, they donated $1,000 to the John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity program, and the LPGA-USGA Girls program received $1,080, an 8% return on their original $1,000 donation. “We wanted to find a way to leverage our donation for the girls golf program, so our daughter, Karen Blomgren, told us about the Birdies for Charity program, where you can earn a 5–8% bonus on your money, a winning combination for the girls program!” “The Rockford Park District golf programs and their staff have been a blessing to our granddaughter, Lizzy Blomgren. When she was learning the game, she had a difficult time finding golf clubs because she was so petite and a left handed golfer. Through the LPGA-USGA girls golf program, the Rockford Park District found properly sized clubs, and provided excellent lessons and tournaments so she could grow in the game she loves, and in life as well. This is why we donate to the girls program in Lizzy’s name. We hope our donation will help other girls find the same enthusiasm for the game, whether it is a recreational pastime, competitively, or a possible career, as Lizzy is currently pursuing a Golf Management degree at Methodist University,” says Ken Roeh. “We will continue donating to the girls program because we know the Golf Services Department will continue to foster wonderful relations for the youth of the Rockford area.” For more information on what Lizzy Blomgren is doing, see the article on page 7.
Birdies for Charity on behalf of Golf Services youth golf programs. In these tough economic times, every dollar raised helps youth learn the inherent life lessons in the lifetime sport of golf,” states Rockford Park District Golf Services Manager Nancy Joan Kauzlarich. In 2012, the goal is to receive over $5,000 in pledges, which is only a $10 donation for 500 youth golf advocates. If you have a passion for youth golf, be one of the 500 golf enthusiasts to make a pledge and help support growing the game of golf through the Rockford Park District Golf Services youth golf programs. Forms will be available online in mid-April at rockfordparkdistrict.org (click on Facilities/ Attractions; Golf; John Deere Birdies for Charity Program), at any of the Rockford Park District golf courses, or call Golf Services at 815-987-1602, and a form will be mailed to you. ◆
Thank you for your donations! Jack Alexander
Ken and Sue Roeh
Mary Lib Skerkoske
Nancy Joan Kauzlarich
Wayne and Lisa Larson
PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW
The PGA Merchandise Show is the premier marketplace for golf manufacturers, course management, apparel, and other golf related products and services. In January, over 40,000 industry professionals from around the world had the opportunity to attend educational conferences and test products firsthand through interactive events.
The Rockford Park District Golf Services Department joined with the John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity Program in 2010 and raised more than $3,500 for youth golf programs in just two years. “We thank everyone who has donated to IS A PROUD PARTNER OF
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Creating community partnerships can be truly rewarding. Riverside Community Bank believes public/private partnerships enhance quality recreational programs in the communities we serve. We are proud to be a corporate partner with the Rockford Park District. In addition to our support of the Junior Golf programs at Ingersoll and Patriotâ€™s Gateway Center, we are again the presenting sponsors of the Greater Rockford Menâ€™s Golf Classic, Mixed Doubles Golf Classic and Senior Golf Classic. To everyone that picks up a golf club this season: play well, have fun and enjoy life!
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started on a Rockford Park District golf course A look at where area youth golfers are now Spending every day on a golf course is exactly where 22-year-old Jordan Hatch from South Beloit wanted to be ever since she set foot on a Rockford Park District golf course. Hatch is currently working at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Florida and says, “The Rockford Park District has gotten me to where I am right now.”
Sorenstam, one of the best golfers in the world,” says Hatch. As of now, Hatch has submitted an application to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and hopes to be like Annika one day, but hasn’t ruled out eventually returning to her roots. Lessons learned on Rockford Park District golf courses and lifelong bonds with Golf Services staff are the reasons Lizzy Blomgren says she’s been so successful in the game. “They helped me through everything, not just golf. Rockford Park District golf instructors have been the biggest influence on me, next to my parents. It’s the best program I could ever have gotten into as a child,” says Blomgren.
In 1999 Hatch began taking lessons at Ingersoll Golf Course (101 Daisyfield Rd, Rockford). She was among the first to take lessons through the USGA grant sponsored Ingersoll Junior Golf Club program. “Both my brothers and my dad played, so I would see them go every Sunday, and that is what got me started,” says Hatch. “Ingersoll is still my favorite. I would play Ingersoll before ”They helped me through everything, not just any other course in golf. Rockford Park District golf instructors have Rockford.” been the biggest influence on me, next to my Hatch continued to parents. It’s the best program I could have ever perfect her game gotten into as a child.” — Lizzy Blomgren with the help of Rockford Park At the age of ten, Blomgren and her sister District golf course instructor Lloyd McWilliams, started taking golf lessons from the Rockford Park who is a PGA certified teaching instructor. Hatch District. “As soon as I took lessons, I was hooked. I remembers, “Lloyd was always great to work with, was in a tournament and had a huge trophy when and he worked with the swing that I had instead of I was just a little girl,” says Blomgren. During trying to change it. A lot of coaches try to get you to the winter of 2002, Lizzy was diagnosed with mimic someone else’s.” Hatch went on to win the diabetes. This was a shock to her and her family, 2008 Women’s Classic and has since interned at and it meant learning how to control blood sugar the Annika Foundation, whose mission is to teach levels and give herself insulin shots. Sports were children the importance of living a healthy, active not something Blomgren was willing to give up, lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer so she worked hard at managing her diabetes aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue while still living an active lifestyle. Plus, winning their dreams. “I feel very fortunate to have gotten one trophy wasn’t enough, so Blomgren went on this far with my game as well as meeting Annika IS A PROUD PARTNER OF
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Above: Jordan Hatch with Annika Sorenstam; Lizzy Blomgren at the tee
to take part in the Rockford Park District’s Youth Golf Club program and eventually ended up taking private lessons, something Blomgren says she wouldn’t have been able to do anywhere else. “My parents wouldn’t have been able to afford any other program than the Rockford Park District for golf lessons. I don’t think people realize how affordable lessons are, and how even private lessons are so reasonable.” Blomgren is currently a sophomore at Methodist University at Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she is pursuing a degree in Professional Golf Management so she can pass on her love of the game to a new generation of golfers. ◆
2012 major events march
23 Perry Benefit Golf Outing; Aldeen
25 Rockford Area Youth Tournament Series; Ingersoll
27 Greater Rockford Girls Classic raindate; Ingersoll
27 RPS 205 Playday; Elliot
26 Girls LPGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
3–5 Midwest Conference Tournament; Aldeen
27 Boys PGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
28 Dylan Mastroianni Golf Outing; Aldeen
28 Rockford Area Youth Tournament Series; Ledges
28 Greater Rockford Men’s Classic; Ingersoll
29 Eagle Open Golf Outing; Aldeen
30 RK Dixon Outing; Elliot
29 Greater Rockford Men’s Classic; Elliot
24 Riverside Community Bank Spring Golf Kick-off; Elliot
4 Modified Skills Challenge; Ingersoll
18 The First Tee® Play day; Ingersoll
23 Remedies Golf Outing; Aldeen
9 Rockford Area Youth Tournament Series; Sandy Hollow
1 Amanda Reed Outing; Aldeen
1 RWGA Team Play; Ingersoll
10 Girls LPGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
3 Hebron Clubs for Kids Youth Clinic; Ingersoll
11 Boys PGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
3 Hebron Adult Golf Clinic; Aldeen
12–13 Greater Rockford Boys Classic; Ingersoll
7 RRDGA; Sandy Hollow
8 North West IL Building and Construction Association Outing; Aldeen
13 Kids Around the World Golf Outing; Aldeen
14 Tiger Cub Invitational; Ingersoll Learning Links
8 RVC PlayDay; Elliot
16 Rockford Pro/Am; Forest Hills Country Club
17 Girls LPGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
18 Boys PGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
19 Senator Kris Johnson Golf Outing; Aldeen
12 Wellness Night sponsored by Aldeen Men’s Association; Aldeen
12–15 Golf Academy; Ingersoll
15 St. Rita’s Golf Outing; Aldeen
16 Ballard Memorial Golf Tournament; Ingersoll
17 Ballard Memorial Golf Tournament; Elliot
20 Youth Drive, Pitch, and Putt Contest; Elliot
20 MDA Golf Outing; Aldeen
18 Rockford Area Youth Tournament Series; Elliot
21–22 Aldeen Cup; Aldeen
23 Greater Rockford Girls Classic; Ingersoll
30–31 Greater Rockford Women’s Classic; Atwood
1 Boys PGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
1–2 Greater Rockford Women’s Classic; Atwood
2 Rockford Area Sexual Assualt Counseling Golf Outing; Aldeen
3 Great Golf Ball Drop; Aldeen Practice Centre
3 Greater Rockford Women’s Classic raindate; Atwood
3 Riverside Community Bank Go “Fore” the Green Playday; Aldeen
4 Greater Rockford Men’s Classic; Sandy Hollow
5 Greater Rockford Men’s Classic; Aldeen
6 Rockford Area Youth Tournament Series; Aldeen
7 Girls LPGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
8–10 Golf Team Qualifying; All
10 Rock Run Soccer Club Golf Outing; Aldeen
11 Greater Rockford Mixed Doubles; Sinnissippi
19 Girls LPGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
20 Ryan Jury Outing; Aldeen
24 Girls LPGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
20 Boys PGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
25 Boys PGA Golf Academy; Ingersoll
13–14 Golf Team Qualifying; All
21 Rockford Area Youth Tournament Series; Atwood
26 Rockford Area Youth Tournament Series; Macktown
16–17 RRDGA; Ingersoll
22 Boylan Open Golf Outing; Aldeen
22 RWGA Team Play; Sandy Hollow
27 Ty Bruckner Foundation Golf Outing; Aldeen
17 Rockford Cosmopolitan Club Golf Outing; Aldeen
18 Jim Olson Memorial Outing; Aldeen
2011 Tournament Winners Girls Classic Cynthia Bounleutay
Senior Classic Steve Vee, David Hicks, Linda Smith
Boys Classic Danny Gorman
Mixed Doubles Classic Hui Chong Dofflemyer and Jason Grothman
Women’s Classic Hui Chong Dofflemyer
Aldeen Cup Kevin Flack
Drive, Pitch, & Putt Contest Boys 5–7 Charlie Cox; Boys 8–10 Brent Brunner; Boys 11–14 Adam Eckburg; Boys 15–17 Addison Engelbrecht; Girls 5–7 Kayla Sayyalinh; Girls 8–10 Katelyn Sayyalinh; Girls 11–14 Brielle Haile; Girls 15–17 Melissa VanSistine Rockford Area Youth Tournament Series Class 1 Eric Jeppson; Class 2 Danny Gorman; Class 3 Camden Rock; Class 4 Grant Germano; Class 5 Adam Kuhar; Class 6 Haley Varble; Class 7 Melissa VanSistine; Class 8 Allison Weiss; Class 9 Jessica Slattery; Class 10 Kristen Sayyalinh
Men’s Classic Jamie Hogan
2012 major events continued august continued
20–21 Greater Rockford Senior Classic; Ingersoll
10 Rockford Tooling and Machine Association Golf Outing; Aldeen
14 RAMI Outing; Elliot
22 Winnebago County Medical Society Golf Outing; Aldeen
22 Greater Rockford Senior Banquet; Hoffman House
14 AIA Golf Outing; Aldeen
24 Walter Lawson Home Golf Outing; Aldeen
15 Brad Fowler – E-rab Invitational Golf Outing; Aldeen
15 Guilford Girls Invitational; Ingersoll
27 AESF Golf Outing; Aldeen
24 Greater Rockford Golf Hall of Fame Playday; Aldeen
24 Greater Rockford Golf Hall of Fame Banquet; Radisson
7 Midway Village Museum Golf Outing; Aldeen
8 Weekly Challenge Golf Tour; Aldeen
8 Greater Rockford Mixed Doubles raindate; Sinnissippi
Conny Sjostrom Sr. and Irene Sjostrom Youth Golf Scholarship Rockford Women’s Golf Association Entré Computer Solutions
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Aldeen Golf Club adds new terrace for 2012 Patrons at Aldeen Golf Club will be able to enjoy the addition of a beautiful new terrace along the west side of the clubhouse in spring 2012. The nearly 5,000-square foot concrete terrace will feature seating for 40 people at tables of four under umbrellas, an outdoor kitchen and grill, a fire pit with casual lounge seating, and an open area for outdoor parties, all surrounded by boulders and professionally designed landscaping.
The project, which has been funded by a very generous private donation, has been in the design process for well over a year. The plan was finalized in the summer of 2011, and construction began in October. In an effort to improve the overall food and beverage experience at Aldeen, and to help the restaurant operation incorporate the new outdoor dining, the interior of the clubhouse is being modified as well. The bar area is being moved to the west side of the clubhouse to overlook the terrace and to allow patrons to
enjoy the view of the golf course. The terrace will be accessible from the dining room or from the south end of the clubhouse. There will also be access from the terrace to the practice green. To help maintain the pace of play on the course, players “making the turn” to the back nine will be served at a concession window on the terrace. “We are really excited to have the ability to offer outdoor dining this season,” said Randy Baker, owner of Five Forks Market and Noonan’s at
Aldeen. “This will allow us to create a dinner menu and will help our customers enjoy the most beautiful view in the area.” The new menu will feature steaks, sandwiches, and salads. Plan on a bite to eat after your round this season, or stop in for lunch or dinner. Enjoy a drink by the fire and the aroma of steaks on the grill. The staff at Noonan’s is looking forward to serving you, now inside or out! ◆
Aldeen expands its partnership with golfnow.com After almost a year of work on a computer interface that allowed the Rockford Park District’s electronic system to work with the industry’s leading tee time reservation system, golfnow.com, Aldeen Golf Club implemented an online greens fee booking system in 2011. “We went from getting a handful of internet booked tee times in previous years to almost 900 rounds being booked through golfnow.com in 2011,” said Duncan Geddes, PGA Professional at
Aldeen. During the first year, tee times based on standard greens fees were offered, but in 2012 patrons will have the ability to book tee times with the resident discount (provided they meet residency requirements), and the same goes for those with a season permit. The golfnow.com platform allows facilities to manage their tee sheets by offering “demand based pricing,” which helps maximize the use of the facility by offering discounts based on when the reservations are
made and what time of day or day of the week players want. “While we raised our greens fees for the first time in many years, we are also offering reduced fees at many times throughout the week, so players can see lower rates based on when they play. The golf business is very competitive, and we need to make sure we continue to try new things that will maximize the use of this community asset,” said Geddes. ◆
Audubon certification Rockford Park District ”They are to be commended for their efforts golf courses continue to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on golf to be stewards of the environment, and in course property” — Jim Sluiter 2011 Sinnissippi Golf Course attained guidance to help golf courses preserve and designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative resources. “The Rockford Park District has shown a Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Sandy strong commitment to its environmental program. Hollow completed certification in 2000, and They are to be commended for their efforts to Aldeen followed shortly thereafter in 2001. provide a sanctuary for wildlife on golf course The remaining two courses should be well on property,” said Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for their way to certification by 2012. the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs. “To reach certification, a course must demonstrate The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program that they are maintaining a high degree of for Golf Courses provides information and
environmental quality in a number of areas,” explained Sluiter. These categories include: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction, and safety, water conservation, and water quality management. Courses go through a recertification process every two years. ◆
Ingersoll Learning Links is the perfect place for families with children of all ages to have fun together playing golf! A 4-hole course with holes ranging from 60 to 105 yards, Learning Links can work into any family’s busy schedule. Don’t let the lack of equipment keep you home — balls and clubs in all sizes are available to use free of charge! Gather the family and hit the Links today!
Hours of Operation April–October Sundays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Youth (ages 17 and under) . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.00
Wednesdays (June 20–Aug 15 only) . . . . . . . 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Adult (ages 18 and older) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.00
Fridays (June 22–Aug 17 only) . . . . . . . 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Adult accompanied by youth . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.00 Park District permit holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FREE! IS A PROUD PARTNER OF
Course will be closed during official tournaments and lesson programs. For more information, call Ingersoll Golf Course at 815-987-8834. A PUBLICATION OF THE
Birdie Bags — a great gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day! On sale May 1–13 and June 1–17 only.
A $95 value for only $60!
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Includes: • 2 rounds of golf (4 courses) • 1 motor car • 2 buckets of balls • a two golf ball gift pack in a Rockford Golfs! Birdie Bag Supplies limited. Coupons valid through August 31, 2012.
SINNISSIPPI CE LE BR ATES ITS 10 0 t h BIRTH DAY Celebrate this milestone with us — June 15 through 22 only!
• No greens fees with cart rental • Permit holder drawing for a $100 gift card (complete entry form) • 100th person every day wins a $15 bonus card • No restrictions for Limited and Youth Limited permits • Facebook-only giveaways
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9 holes for only $9 in 2012 at historic 9-hole beauty Relive the history of the majestic Sinnissippi by enjoying a round on the Park District’s oldest golf course! Sinnissippi is turning 100 years young this summer, and the Grande Dame is sharing her birthday with all golfers by offering this special all season long. If you haven’t played Sinnissippi in a while, why not see how this beautiful course has gracefully aged over the past ten decades? Here’s to the next 100 years!
free money! Buy a $100 gift card from May 1 to Sept 1 and you will receive a Rockford Golfs Bonus Card worth $15. This card may be used for golf cart rental, range balls, and greens fees until Oct 15, 2012. * Cards go on sale May 1, 2012; the Rockford Golfs $15 bonus card is not valid at Aldeen Golf Club.
2 ‘fore’ $23 Fridays A T I N G E R S O L L Fridays, April 13–September 28 only, get two 18-hole greens fees ‘fore’ $23 (or two 9-hole fees for just $12)! 12
Offer valid Fridays, April 13 through September 28, 2012 at Ingersoll Golf Course only. Not valid after 3:00 pm, for cart rental or range balls, or when course is closed for special events. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
The Rockford Park District offers season golf permits valid at five Rockford Park District courses (a reduced greens fee applies at Aldeen). Permanent photo permits are issued, and permits may be renewed to validate the permit for the 2012 season.
A resident (RES) is an individual who resides within the Rockford Park District boundaries or who can supply proof that he/she is a property owner paying taxes to the Rockford Park District (NR=Non-resident).
5-Course Permit Best option for the golfer who plays Aldeen frequently Unlimited play on all Park District courses April 1 through October 31 except during approved tournaments. Prior to April 1 and after October 31, a reduced greens fee will be charged to permit holders.
Resident . . . . . . . $1,600 Non-resident . . . . . . . $1,700
Super Permit Best option for the golfer who enjoys playing a wide variety of courses in the Winnebago County area Unlimited play on Rockford Park District (Elliot, Ingersoll, Sandy Hollow, Sinnissippi) and Winnebago County Forest Preserve District courses (Ledges, Atwood Homestead, and Macktown) April 1 through October 31, except during approved tournaments. A $1 fee will be assessed upon presentation of this permit. A reduced greens fee will be charged at Aldeen. Prior to April 1 and after October 31, a greens fee will be charged to permit holders. This permit is only available to residents of Winnebago County.
GREENS FEES Elliot, Ingersoll, Sandy Hollow Res NR † Rounds Fees/18-Hole Course M–F Sa–S M–F Sa–S† Greens Fee 20.00 20.00 22.00 23.00 9-Hole Greens Fee 12.00 12.00 13.00 13.00 Twilight* Sinnissippi Rounds Fees/9-Hole Course Greens Fee Aldeen Rounds Fees/18-Hole Course Greens Fee Twilight*
M–F Sa–S M–F Sa–S M–F Sa–S† 27.00 32.00 43.00 48.00 12.00 12.00 20.00 22.00 8.00
Replay Rounds (7 days/week)
Resident . . . . . . . $1,000 Non-resident . . . . . . . $1,150
4-Course Permit Best option for the golfer who plays Aldeen occasionally Unlimited play on four Rockford Park District courses April 1 through October 31 except during approved tournaments. Prior to April 1 and after October 31, a greens fee will be charged to permit holders. You may use your four-course permit to play at Aldeen with a reduced greens fee.
Resident . . . . . . . $550 Non-resident . . . . . . . $700
Limited Permit Best option for the golfer who likes to play early in the day (before 3 pm) and doesn’t play a lot on weekends Valid April 1 through October 31, Monday through Friday for play until 3 pm. After 3 pm on weekdays, a $5 special greens fee will apply; for weekend and holiday play, a $7 special greens fee will apply. Prior to April 1 and after October 31, a reduced greens fee will be charged. A reduced greens fee will be charged at Aldeen at all times.
Resident . . . . . . . $385 Non-resident . . . . . . . $425
Youth Limited Permit (age 18 and under) Best option for the young golfer who plays golf during the summer months Valid June, July, and August, Monday through Friday, for play until 3 pm. After 3 pm on weekdays, a $5 special greens fee will apply; for weekend and holiday play, a $7 special greens fee will apply. These special greens fees also apply for play prior to June 1 and after August 31. A reduced greens fee will be charged at Aldeen at all times. Also valid during fall months for golf team members during approved events.
Resident . . . . . . . $150 Non-resident . . . . . . . $160
11.00 12.00 11.00 12.00 Res
M–F Sa–S M–F Sa–S† 9.00 9.00 9.00 9.00 †
OTHER FEES Carts Motorized Cars ** (except Aldeen; price per rider) Motorized Cars ** – Aldeen (9-Hole refers to back nine only) Adapted Car Pull Cart (Elliot, Ingersoll, Sandy Hollow) Pull Cart – Sinnissippi Pull Cart –Aldeen
9-Holes 18-Holes 8.00 14.00 15.00
8.00 14.00 4.00 2.00 6.00
Driving Range – Bucket of Balls (Ingersoll, Elliot)
Driving Range – Bag of Balls (Ingersoll, Elliot)
Aldeen Playday (Fee/electric cart per person)
Aldeen Room Rental (Off season only) Call 815-282-GOLF for more info Aldeen Practice Centre Practice like you play! Includes unlimited use of the lighted 26-acre Aldeen Practice Centre, which is open until 10 pm daily through August, and offers players the ability to practice all the shots they would expect to use on the golf course. W/SEASON PERMIT
Practice Centre Permit Bag of Balls
525.00 ½ Basket Small 10.00
NOTE Greens fee receipts will not be accepted for credit toward the purchase of a Season Permit. KEY * Twilight Rates: All 18-hole courses, all season 3:00 pm or later • ** Must be 18+ with a valid driver’s license to operate • † Includes Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays; 9 holes on weekends after 10:00 am only at Elliot, Ingersoll, and Sandy Hollow
Private Lesson Rates
Steve Moore Coordinator of Instruction and PGA Member, Certified PGA Instructor cell 815-289-0667 office 815-987-8843
Lloyd McWilliams PGA Member, Certified PGA Instructor cell 815-621-2401
Private Lessons Students will get a visual concept of their golfing techniques and how to improve (with 60-minute lessons only).
Private Lessons Jr/Sr Students will get a visual concept of their golfing techniques and how to improve (with 60-minute lessons only).
Private Lesson A 45-minute lesson with video.
30 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40.00 60 min w/video . . . . . . . . . $90.00
30 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00 60 min w/video . . . . . . . . . $60.00
Semi-Private Lessons 60 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $85.00
Private Lesson Series Consists of two 30-minute lessons and two 60-minute lessons with video.
Private Lesson Adult Students will get a visual concept of their golfing techniques and how to improve (with 60-minute lessons only).
Youth Private Lesson For golfers high school age or younger.
4-lesson series . . . . . . . . $250.00 Semi-Private Lessons Students will get a visual concept of their golfing techniques and how to improve (with 60-minute lessons only). 30 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75.00 60 min w/video . . . . . . . . $150.00 Youth Private Lesson For golfers high school age or younger. 30 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35.00 Season of Lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1000.00
30 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35.00 60 min w/video . . . . . . . . . $70.00 Private Lesson Series Jr/Sr Consists of six lessons — three 30-minute lessons and three 60-minute lessons with a video. 6-lesson series . . . . . . . . $210.00 Private Lesson Series Adult Consists of six lessons — three 60-minute lessons with video and three 30-minute lessons 6-lesson series . . . . . . . . $245.00
Duncan Geddes Aldeen Head Professional and PGA Member office 815-282-4653 ext 5
45 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $70.00
45 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60.00 Club Evaluation 45 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $65.00 Private Lesson Package Consists of six private lessons for the price of five. 6-lesson series . . . . . . . . $350.00 Game Enhancement Series Consists of of four private lessons, one equipment evaluation, one short game test, two check-ups, and one 9-hole playing lesson (green fees not included). Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $350.00
Todd Beckman Aldeen Assistant Professional office 815-282-4653 ext 6 Private Lesson Consists of a 45-minute lesson with video. 45 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $65.00 Semi-Private Lessons 60 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $85.00 Club Evaluation 45 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00 Private Lesson Package Consists of six private lessons for the price of five. 6-lesson series . . . . . . . . $325.00 Game Enhancement Series Consists of of four private lessons, one equipment evaluation, one short game test, two check-ups, and one 9-hole playing lesson (green fees not included). Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300.00 Check-up Lesson Review 15 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.00
Check-up Lesson Review 15 min . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.00
Take your game back to class Are you taking up golf for the first time? Perhaps you need a refresher, or are looking to improve your putting stroke. Whatever your goals are, the Rockford Park District has a lesson program tailored for you. We offer a variety of programs taught by PGA professionals including youth, adult, senior, and women’s lessons as well as specialty clinics. Register online at rockfordparkdistrict.org or
golf lessons through either Customer Service location (401 S Main St, Rockford, or at Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park).
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Aldeen Golf Club & Practice Centre
Elliot Golf Course
1902 Reid Farm Rd, Rockford, Illinois 815-282-GOLF (4653) ◆ toll free 888-4-ALDEEN www.aldeengolfclub.com
888 S Lyford Rd, Cherry Valley ◆ 815-332-5130 Conveniently located on the city’s far east side off East State St Rated 2½ stars by Golf Digest, this 18-hole championship course has 6,433 yards of rolling terrain, large tees, and spacious greens. A smattering of water hazards and sand bunkers make Elliot a challenging course for any golfer. Par is 72. Features a driving range.
Provides the same quality conditions, services, and amenities as a private club. Norris Aldeen wanted to provide a high quality golf “club” to all the residents and visitors of the Rockford area. Enjoy this exceptional golf experience, which includes convenient tee times, steady pace of play, a dress code, beverage service on the course, a full golf shop, and a new restaurant and full service beverage lounge. This premier golf facility is recognized as one of the top 50 courses priced under $50 to play in the USA by Golf Magazine, is rated 4½ stars by Golf Digest, and the 26-acre lighted Practice Centre lets you practice like you play.
Ingersoll Golf Course & Learning Links
101 Daisyfield Rd, Rockford ◆ 815-987-8834 A long-time favorite of local golfers Rated 2½ stars by Golf Digest, Ingersoll is a heavily wooded, 18-hole, par-71 course with narrow fairways, located on Rockford’s west side, and easily accessible from Bypass Hwy 20. While there is no water on the 6,107-yard course, the par 4’s are short, and the tightly tree-lined fairways make driving accuracy imperative. Course features a driving range and the
four-hole Learning Links. Ingersoll was selected by the Tiger Woods Foundation to host Tiger Woods for a two-day golf clinic in 2001, and was the site of the Tiger Woods Foundation Clinic in 2004. Sandy Hollow Golf Course
2670 Sandy Hollow Rd, Rockford ◆ 815-987-8836 Popular 18-hole course on Rockford’s south side Rated 3 stars by Golf Digest, Sandy Hollow is a tree-lined fairway course with strategically placed fairway bunkers. One of the more challenging holes on the 6,228-yd course requires a tee shot over a pond. Sinnissippi Golf Course
2004 Arlington Ave, Rockford (located inside Sinnissippi Park) ◆ 815-987-8838 The oldest of the five Park District courses Centrally located in beautiful Sinnissippi Park, this nine-hole, par 37, 3,230-yard course is best known for its hilly layout and tree-lined fairways.
visit rockfordparkdistrict.org for more course information