New Twilight Rate Available at Dubsdread in 2014

By Jim Zuccarelli 6th Hole Cog HillCog Hill Golf & Country Club, the 72 hole public golf facility in southwest suburban Lemont, recently unveiled their greens fee schedule for  the 2014 season, and new for this year is a twilight rate on the #4 course, the iconic Dubsdread.  Beginning at 4 pm each day, a round can be played for $100 (including cart and range access), a 35% discount from the normal rate of $155. "It was my daughter's idea" stated owner Frank Jemsek, referring to Cog Hill President Katherine, "and we wanted to give golfers who might not be able to afford the regular rate an opportunity to experience the #4 course." In the height of the summer (mid-June to mid-July), the first few twilight times have a good chance of completing the round, so as many as 500 additional golfers can play 18 holes on a course that has held 20 PGA tour events and have some extra dollars left for a drink afterwards. (more…)

KemperSports ready to take charge at Cantigny

By Len Ziehm February is again show-time for Chicago golfers. The third annual Tinley Park Golf Expo begins a three-day run on Friday (FEB 7) at the Tinley Park Convention Center and the 31st Chicago Golf Show takes over the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on Feb. 21 for a similar three-day run. Cantigny Golf Wheaton, IL In the meantime, though, there has been a lot going on within the Chicago golf scene even during these extraordinary winter months. Most notable is a management change at Cantigny, the well-regarded 27-hole facility in Wheaton. Northbrook-based KemperSports will take on management duties in mid-February, leading in to Cantigny 25th anniversary season. Cantigny becomes the 16th Chicago golf facility under the management of KemperSports. (more…)

Downstate Illinois’ Rock River is steeped in history

By Len Ziehm ROCK FALLS, IL. --  I'll admit it.  I'm a sucker for golf history. That explains why it seemed a good idea to stop by what had been Rock River Country Club en route to the PGA Tour's John  Deere Classic in Silvis, about 40 miles further west. Rock River Celebrating 100 YearsOfficially known now as Rock River Golf  & Pool, the facility is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013. Several clubs in the Chicago suburbs have long past  year No. 100.  The Downers Grove golf course was America's first 18-hole course when it opened in 1892.  It was reduced to a nine-holer long ago and is now owned by the Downers Grove Park District. (more…)

Encompass Championship – A New Annual Pro Tournament Event for Chicago

Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23 Encompass Championship 2013 PlayersThe Celebrity/Tour Player Pro-Ams kicked off on Friday & Saturday of the Encompass Championship – part of the Champions Tour that debuted this year in Chicago’s North Shore area at the famed North Shore Country Club in Glenview, IL.  A field of 81 players competed for the $1,800,000 purse with the winner taking home $270,000.  During the week of June 17-23, we along with thousands of Chicago golf fans came out to cheer on some of the most recognized names in golf, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Nick Price.  In addition, Ryder Cup co-captain Jeff Sluman and Chip Beck, who both live in the Chicago area, also were there and competed in the tournament along with Freddy Couples, John Cook, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Steve Elkington, Kenny Perry and fan favorite Rocco Mediate. (more…)

Encompass Championship Approaches

North Shore Country Club Glenview, Illinois June 17-23, 2013 Encompass Championship North Shore Country Club GlenviewThe new Encompass Championship brings legends of golf and top celebrities to an exciting Pro-Am format new to the Chicagoland area.  The event will take place at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, where a prestigious course designed by the renowned architect Harry Colt awaits some of the best players in the game. The major championship winners already scheduled to attend this event include: Mark Calcavecchia, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Elkington, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Mark O’Meara, Larry Mize, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler, Hal Sutton, Bob Tway, and Fuzzy Zoeller. (more…)

Encompass Championship News

North Shore Country Club Glenview, Illinois June 17 – 23, 2013 A legendary course. Legendary players. And you can be right in the middle of it all. The Champions Tour returns to Chicago from June 17th – 23rd as the Encompass Championship premiers at North Shore Country Club in Glenview.  The tournament features a special Pro-Am format where Champions Tour professionals partner with amateurs and celebrities on Friday and Saturday for an event-within-the-event competition. Players on the Champions Tour are among the most well-known and accessible in golf today. (more…)

Quad Cities should be considered a golf destination spot

By Len Ziehm MOLINE, IL. – For years now I’ve told my golf-media buddies from the Quad Cities that they reside in ``the golf capitol of Illinois.’’ They think I’m kidding but, after four decades of covering the PGA Tour stop in that community, I’m not so sure. In fact, I can now say that the area encompassing Moline and Rock Island in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa could be a golf destination – and I’m NOT kidding. Golf in the Quad Cites is relatively inexpensive. That’s a big plus.  Nothing…continue reading →

Golf Now Chicago’s Concierge Golf Outing

By Len Ziehm TINLEY PARK, IL. – At first it seemed a walk down memory lane. I hadn’t been back to the Odyssey Country Club in Chicago’s south suburbs since 1997 – the third and final year the course was used as the site of the Illinois Women’s Open championship. Odyssey got that tournament, the state’s most prestigious for women,  off to a great start. This recent visit was to participate in the Concierge & Hospitality Professionals Golf Outing, a delightful affair organized for the eighth straight year by Cheryl Justak to create…continue reading →

Indiana’s Swan Lake lands U.S. finals, ING gathering

By Len Ziehm GREENVILLE, S.C. – Swan Lake, the Indiana resort that has operated  relatively low-key since its opening in 1969, is about to elevate its profile. Located in Plymouth, near the Notre Dame campus, Swan Lake hosted the National Junior College Championships last week and will host that event again in 2014. Of even more note, it’ll be the site of the U.S. finals of the World Golfers Championship this September and the International Network of Golf spring meeting in 2013. The announcements of both came at this year’s 22nd ING spring…continue reading →