Tournament Highlights, Our “Champions Experience” Winner and Future Tournament Dates

ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY CAREERBUILDER [caption id="attachment_740" align="alignright" width="300"]Tom Lehman and His Caddie 2014 Encompass Championship Tom Lehman and His Caddie 2014 Encompass Championship[/caption] The 2014 Encompass Championship, once again, brought a unique Pro-Am format to North Shore Country Club and the greater Chicago area. The well-attended event featured a special Pro-Am format during the first two rounds of competition on Friday and Saturday pairing all 81 Champions Tour professionals with celebrities and amateurs. Sunday's final round was a tight race with Champions Tour professionals competing for the individual title and the $1.8 million dollar purse. Tom Lehman held onto the lead and was this year's Encompass Championship winner at fifteen under (-15), walking away with $270,000 of the purse money, followed by Michael Allen ($144,000) and Kirk Triplett ($144,000) who were both tied for 2nd place at fourteen under (-14). (more…)

Inaugural LPGA International Crown – Tune into the Golf Channel!

By Samantha Rubin, Communication Manager - Rich Harvest Farms Who is the best golfing nation in the world? The wait is finally over. Starting in 2014, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will launch a new, biennial global event called the International Crown. The inaugural tournament will debut July 21-27, 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, and then in 2016, journey to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Tune in Front  06.25.14 (more…)

Port Course at Harborside Channels Scottish Links

By Jim Zuccarelli [caption id="attachment_712" align="alignright" width="300"]Harborside International 2nd hole Harborside International 2nd hole[/caption] When the starter at the Port Course at the Harborside International Golf Center heard that this was my initial visit to the former city of Chicago landfill turned upscale golf facility, he proudly stated, "You're as close as you'll get around here to golf in Scotland, but you won't have to pay for the airfare to get there." Since my experience with golf in the British Isles goes no further than the Open Championship on television each year, I'll have to take him at his hyperbolic word, though a sighting of the midwest version of a Loch Ness Monster-like creature inhabiting the murky depths of Lake Calumet may not come as a total surprise. (more…)

The “Brook” and the “Crook” Offer Great Value to Area Golfers

By Jim Zuccarelli Although they are separated by only 7 miles of far northeast Illinois real estate, Bonnie Brook in Waukegan and Shepherd’s Crook in Zion are golf courses that are a world of difference in style. But both Park District facilities share the common goal of providing a great experience and a premium value to area golfers, and each has announced significant adjustments to their greens fee schedules for 2014. (more…)

2014 Encompass Championship Update

The Encompass Championship presented by CareerBuilder will be celebrating its second year at North Shore Country Club June 16-22. The tournament once again is already attracting one of the strongest fields on the Champions Tour schedule. Joining defending champion Craig Stadler will be World Golf Hall of Fame members Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Larry Nelson and Sandy Lyle. Langer recently won his 20th career title on the Champions Tour, becoming the 10th player to accomplish the feat. (more…)

Course Review: Scenic Seven Bridges Provides Stern Challenge

By Jim Zuccarelli Seven Bridges 2nd HoleMy relationship with Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge is similar to the one I have with a Snickers bar.  One is bad for my waist line and the other isn't good for my golf score, but I still indulge in both every so often.  Architect Dick Nugent razed the property of the old 36 hole Woodridge Golf Course and created a menacing monster of woods and water that will test the low handicapper and scare the heck out of the average golfer.  The par 72 layout stretches to 7,100 yards from the back set of 5 tees, and the 74.6 rating / 144 slope ranks it in the top 5 metro Chicago public courses in terms of difficulty, a clear indication that this is not a course for the easily intimidated.  On my last visit this past fall, I played the 6,300 yard white (middle) tees, and the 70.7 / 135 was all I could handle as I scrambled to stay in double digits. (more…)

India’s 61 in U.S. Open qualifying precedes Malm’s bid for a three-peat

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Deerfield product Vince India has been struggling as a rookie on the PGA's satellite Tour this year, but he didn't struggle on Monday in a local qualifier for the U.S. Open.

The former University of Iowa golfer shot a 10-under-par 61 to earn medalist honors in a local qualifier at Waterlefe, in Sarasota, FL. India played there because it was close to his new residence in Lakewood Ranch, FL. India moved there after obtaining playing privileges at the Concession Club, the site of the annual Big Ten Match Play Championship.

Concession is also the home course for former PGA champion Paul Azinger and Tony Jacklin, the former U.S. and British Open champion. The name of the course was inspired by Jacklin, in honor of a memorable Ryder Cup moment when Jack Nicklaus conceded him a short putt that led to the competition between the U.S. and Europe ending in a tie in 1969. Last month Concession hosted a new team event, the Concession Cup, which pitted amateur teams from the U.S. and Europe against each other. (more…)

Ravisloe Country Club Hosts Golf Leagues

Ravilsoe Country Club was ranked 6th in courses you can play in the State of Illinois for 2014 in GolfWeek Magazine. Come experience the difference now with leagues for men, women and couples. Men's Club: A weekly league which runs from the week of April 30 thru Sept. 28, 2014. League players have from Wednesday - Sunday each week to post an 18 hole score. This format should fit everyone’s busy schedule. There is a different format each week and League Members can play in as many or as few as their schedule permits. Entry for the year and Prize Pool is $40. (more…)

Springtime = Discounts At Top Area Courses

By Jim Zuccarelli April is one of my favorite times of the year to golf, as the lengthy Chicago winters always have me anxious to dust off the clubs, and I love taking advantage of the spring discounts offered by many of the top courses, a great way to play some of the best the area has to offer at an excellent price.  With a few notable exceptions (ThunderHawk 4/23 and Mistwood 4/25), most every course in the Windy City area has opened for play, but the historically severe winter of 2014 has taken its toll on the turf and several facilities have extended the spring rates to the end of the month and into early May to account for the conditions. (more…)

Buy now and save big on golf this season!

Encircling Chicagoland into southwest Michigan, with destination sites in Florida, the GolfVisions Golf Trail features courses that deliver exceptional quality, variety and value. The 2014 GolfVisions Player's Pass is your best value to put part or all of the Trail on your itinerary.
Benefits include:
  • 8 rounds (greens fee AND cart) at 8 great Chicagoland golf courses (seven 18-hole, one 9-hole).
  • 7 greens fees at 7 great Chicagoland courses (five 18-hole, two 9-hole).
  • 1 Player’s Choice greens fee; select from 12 courses, 10 in Chicagoland, 2 in Florida.
  • Destination Bonus! 2 rounds and 1 greens fee in central Florida.
  • GolfVisions' special Player's Pass preferred rate at EVERY facility, EVERY time you play.
  • 'Private Club Member for a Day' purchase opportunity for member and up to 3 guests at Lake Barrington Shores GC.
  • Two 25% discounts on dining. (more…)