Is there anything that Bandon Dunes DOESN’T have?

[caption id="attachment_1156" align="alignnone" width="584"]You never get tired of ocean-front views, like this one on Bandon’s Pacific Dunes course. You never get tired of ocean-front views, like this one on Bandon’s Pacific Dunes course.[/caption] Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm BANDON, Oregon - There’s definitely a lot to say about Bandon Dunes, the very unique multi-course facility on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. In short, though, it has most everything. There’s four quality walking-only 18-holers, a 55-acre practice range, the 100,000-square foot Punchbowl putting course, a 13-hole par-3 layout called Bandon Preserve that was chosen as Best U.S. Short Course by Golf Digest magazine, one of the biggest caddie programs in the United States, dining at six restaurants and lounges, a variety of comfortable lodging and - one of the many factors that separates Bandon Dunes from other American resorts - everything is so close together. You could easily drive your car from one place to another (as we did), but if you don’t want to do that there’s a shuttle system that works just fine. (more…)

Nebraska’s Prairie Club offers a unique brand of golfing fun

[caption id="attachment_1147" align="alignnone" width="584"]If you’re passionate about your golf, Nebraska’s Prairie Club is a perfect place for a get-away. If you’re passionate about your golf, Nebraska’s Prairie Club is a perfect place for a get-away.[/caption] Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm VALENTINE, Neb. – The first thing you notice as you approach the Prairie Club in the sandhills of Nebraska is what’s not there. You cruise through the “big" town of Valentine (population 2,830) and 17 miles later you see the first indication that a big-time golf resort is nearby. It’s just a small sign saying the entrance is a half-mile away. Then you hit the entrance – just a small sign as well – and face a two-mile drive down a winding dirt road to the clubhouse that, most notably, takes you by some mean-looking cattle. Then the fun begins. (more…)

Fall is the Perfect Time to Visit Top Windy City Courses

By Jim Zuccarelli October is here and most area courses are offering reduced green fees up to the end of the year, and the cool fall water is the perfect respite from the summer heat to enjoy the fabulous golf found in the Windy City.  Whether you’re looking to play one of the more expensive layouts at a budget friendly discount, or just want to get in a few final rounds at your local links, there is still plenty of time before winter takes hold. Almost every course will have fall rates in play by mid-October, so check online or call for current prices.  Here are a handful of my personal favorites for late season Chicago golf: (more…)

American FootGolf League to hold U.S. FootGolf National Championship At Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course Saturday, October 3

Harvey Silverman, Editor, This is FootGolf and Mike Galeski, AFGL Senior Advisor [caption id="attachment_1135" align="alignright" width="236"]Sydney Marovitz aerial Sydney Marovitz aerial[/caption] (Palm Springs, CA) – The American FootGolf League (AFGL) will conduct the first annual U.S. FootGolf National Championship at historic Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course in Chicago, IL on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The tournament will host more than 100 FootGolf players representing over 20 states across the country competing in the inaugural competition. Kicking off at 8AM., the 36-hole, stroke-play tournament is open to all players; divisions include adult male, senior male, women and clubs. Entry is $59 for American FootGolf League members and $79 for non-members which includes a one-year AFGL membership. Proper golf attire is required, and competitors must supply their own No. 5 soccer ball. (more…)

Speedgolf, FootGolf find their way to Chicago area courses

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm With the exception of the Presidents Cup team event, coming up in Korea in two weeks, the PGA Tour’s 2014-15 season is over. Jordan Spieth’s win in the FedEx Cup playoffs on Sunday brought it to a dramatic conclusion. In the Chicago area, though, there’s still a few events on the October calendar including two that carry fancy titles. The U.S. FootGolf National Championship will be held on Saturday (OCT 3) at the Chicago Park District’s Sydney Marovitz course and the Speedgolf World Championship is Oct. 19-20 at The Glen Club in Glenview. (more…)

Here and There: Harbour Town’s course has re-opened

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm With the golf season in the Midwest winding down, it’s a good time to check out what’s been happening at golf’s best travel destinations – and there’s been plenty. Our first golf/travel notebook of the fall begins at one of America’s most famous courses. The famed Harbour Town course at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., re-opened this week after undergoing major renovation work that included the installation of a new irrigation system. Harbour Town, a joint design effort by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, closed in May after last year’s PGA Tour stop, the RBC Heritage Classic. All the greens were also resurfaced while the course was closed. (more…)

Jordan Spieth’s Hole-in-One at the 2015 BMW Championship Results in BMW Donation of Full, Four-Year BMW Evans Scholarship Worth $100,000 in Spieth’s Name

Jordan Spieth Trudy Hardy ESF John Kaczkowski 2015 BMW Championship HIO Lake Forest, IL - September 18, 2015: On the first day of play at the 2015 BMW Championship, Jordan Spieth recorded a hole-in-one, resulting in the donation of another BMW Hole-In-One Scholarship, a full, four-year Evans Scholarship worth $100,000. Spieth aced the 2nd hole, his 11th hole of the day, on Wednesday, September 17 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL, with a  7-iron, from 184 yards.   (more…)

Updates announced for BMW Championship

BMW Championship at Conway Farms First round play will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. Gates will open to spectators at 7:30 a.m. Due to current and expected inclement weather conditions, second round tee times are now scheduled from 9–11:01 a.m. Parking locations for Friday, Sept. 18, have been moved. The following parking locations have been moved to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois (1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031):

Murray Brothers inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame‏

[caption id="attachment_1110" align="alignnone" width="584"]Wednesday Sept 16, 2015. @Charles Cherney Photography Wednesday Sept 16, 2015. @Charles Cherney Photography[/caption] Recognized for contributions to caddying following BMW Championship Pro-Am By Gary Holaway, Vice President, Communications Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation LAKE FOREST, Illinois (September 16, 2015) - Actor Bill Murray and his five brothers - whose experiences as caddies at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka inspired the 1980 comedy classic, “Caddyshack” -were inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame on Wednesday night at the 2015 BMW Championship following their participation in the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. (more…)

BMW Signs On as Official Partner of USA GOLF Federation for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

BMW Signs On as Official Partner of USA GOLF Federation for Rio 2016 Olympic Games Partnership Extends Company’s Support of Golf Ahead of Sport’s Return to Olympic Games. By Katie Kokkinos, BMW of North America, LLC and Chris Smith, PGA TOUR Business Woodcliff Lake, NJ - September 16, 2015: BMW of North America, the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), announced today that it will add the USA GOLF Federation to its roster of National Governing Body (NGB) partners in advance of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. BMW will provide mobility services including transportation assistance to the USA GOLF Federation leading up to and during the Rio 2016 Games. (more…)