How to deal with poor shots

By Bill Abrams, PGA Professional As you all realize, golf is a very fickle and humbling game. Even the greatest players hit poor shots - it’s a fact of the game and life. How you react is a totally different subject. First things first, a person basically cannot control their thoughts, only control how you react to them. Overreacting to a poor shot can and does cause more poor results. For instance, if you hit a shot too far, often times a player will hit the next one too short. This is overreacting…continue reading →

French Lick’s Pete Dye Course: You Must See It To Believe It

By Mike May It truly is in a category unto itself, there’s nothing like it, and it has no peers in the world of golf. Those are three ways to describe The Pete Dye Course (8670 West State Road 56, French Lick; 812-936-8062) at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana. The 10th green at The Pete Dye Course in French Lick -- with the Hoosier National Forest in the background. The Pete Dye Course’s most obvious features are its three man-made lakes and the fact that it has been built on…continue reading →

Getting Golf Ready With Bill Abrams, 2019 IL PGA Teacher Of The Year

  By Bill Abrams, PGA at Balmoral Woods, Crete, IL Chicagoland Golfing Friends, now is the time to prepare for the upcoming (hopefully sooner than later) 2020 golf season. I would like to suggest a checklist of things to consider so you maybe ready once the weather breaks and we get out to play. Being prepared will certainly have a positive effect on your game and you better enjoying golf. Check yourself - be sure you are in good shape and any injuries or twinges are healed and ready to go. Once we are…continue reading →

Why Getting Custom Fit Equipment Matters

By PGA Professional, Bill Abrams I’m often asked by golfers if getting custom fit for their equipment truly matters or makes any difference. The answer is always an emphatic “YES”. I’ve listened to golfers attempt to justify not getting fit by saying “I’m not good enough” or “I need to groove my swing before getting fit”. Or “it really cannot make a big difference”. These thoughts will truly hold a golfer back from improving and playing better consistently. (more…)

Two Years After Sale, It’s Business As Usual At Balmoral Woods

By Contributing Writer, Jim Zuccarelli Change is often traumatic. Just ask the staff at Balmoral Woods Golf Club. The course had been put on the market by long time owners the Mortell family, and was finally sold before the 2017 season. Surprisingly, very little changed. "It's been business as usual," said General Manager Brian Snell, who has been working at Balmoral Woods since 2001. "The new owners have kept most everything the same." (more…)

Sunset Valley Golf Club is open for its first full season

By Elizabeth Gogola | Director of Communications & Marketing Park District of Highland Park The newly renovated Sunset Valley Golf Club in Highland Park, Illinois is open for its first full season, 7am – 8pm, weather permitting (cart path only). To book your tee time, click here. Also opening for breakfast, lunch and dinner service, is the new 13Ninety restaurant and bar. Stop in any Friday night this Spring for the popular Fish Fry from 4:30-8pm. Cost is $16.75 per person. No reservations required. Private outing and events can be booked at the club.…continue reading →

The Glen Club Successfully Straddles the Private Club / Public Access Line

By Jim Zuccarelli The North Shore of Chicagoland is stocked with historic, well-heeled country clubs dating back to the golden age of golf design from the early 20th century.  So when The Glen Club came to be at the start of the 21st century, the new kid on the private club block needed a way to differentiate itself from the well-established competition. Start with a championship course by a highly regarded architect.  Add in a modern 48,000 square foot clubhouse.  Offer initiation and membership fees far below neighboring clubs.  Anything else? (more…)

Eaglewood, Appropriately Named “The Little Green Menace”, Delivers!

By Jim Zuccarelli Eaglewood 1st HoleOne glance at the Eaglewood scorecard and doubts immediately popped into my mind. A par 72 course that tops out at a few steps over 6,000 yards is plenty long for this 20 handicap golfer, but how does it defend itself against better golfers armed with 21st century technology? Surprisingly, pretty well, as the resort course in Itasca more than holds its own against all but the very best players. The 60 plus bunkers are menacingly deep and ideally placed, the three ponds and meandering creek at the north end of the course are true hazards, and the sloping greens are perilous from above the hole. (more…)

UL International Crown – On-site spectator experiences

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By Audrey Wayne, KemperLesnik

On-site elements at 2016 tournament deliver exciting viewing experiences for juniors, families and golf fans

2016-UL-International-Crown-4cGURNEE, Ill. (July 6, 2016) – Fans at the 2016 UL International Crown can find food, fun, learning opportunities and more when the LPGA comes to town July 19-24 at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Illinois.

From charity initiatives and free admission for kids and military personnel to an energizing first tee environment, the LPGA is committed to bringing fans closer to the world’s best female players to deliver a memorable spectator experience at this major, international competition. (more…)

Arlington Lakes has upped its game to improve yours

Arlington Lakes Golf Club carts Anita M. Pacheco, Superintendent of Marketing and Communications Arlington Heights Park District Located in the heart of the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Arlington Lakes Golf Club boasts a rich tradition of being the kind of golf course people love to call home. The Arlington Lakes Golf Club has undergone an extensive renovation and its new features and trends have re-awakened the 36-year old municipal golf course, which once served as a Nike Missile Base. The NEW Arlington Lakes Golf Club's, 90-acres course offers something for every golfer. The course features strategically placed, fescue edged bunkers that bring a natural look to the course. Living up to its name, water comes into play on nine of the holes. You will find its design will truly test your skills as a golfer. (more…)