May 31, 2019

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2 YEARS AFTER SALE, IT'S BUSINESS AS USUAL AT BALMORAL WOODS

Long Time owners the Mortell family sold Balmoral Woods over 2 years ago, but little has changed and the course remains a top play in the Windy City.  Click Here for the full update on this south suburban club... 


RE-IMAGINED SUNSET VALLEY A WORTHY ADDITION TO NORTH SHORE PUBLIC GOLF 
The Highland Park Park District made a hefty investment in Sunset Valley GC, and architect Rick Jacobson fashioned a layout that is well worth the money.  Click Here for a picture tour of the new SVGC...

COURSE REVIEW - RENOVATION DONE RIGHT - MT. PROSPECT CHANNELS CLASSIC ERA OF GOLF DESIGN

Mt. Prospect underwent a $9M update in 2015 to revitalize the 1920's design, Was it money well spent?  Click Here for the full story on MPCG...

COURSE REVIEW - HIDDEN GEM STATUS FITS PRAIRIE ISLE

Prairie Isle is closer to Rockford than the Chicago Loop, but it's a course that packs a load of fun in its compact 135 acre footprint.  Is it worth the drive to the Northwest suburbs?  Click Here for a comprehensive review of this under the radar layout... 

THE GLEN CLUB SUCCESSFULLY STRADDLES THE PRIVATE CLUB / PUBLIC ACCESS LINE
The Glenview golf club competes with traditional North Shore country clubs, while providing public fee golfers access to the Tom Fazio designed course.  Click Here to read how TGC has thrived in both domains... 


THE NEXT BIG THING - THE PRESERVE AT OAK MEADOWS OPENS FOR PLAY

The old 27 holes from the Oak Meadows 18 and Maple Meadows 9 has been re-imagined by architect Greg Martin into an upscale addition to the Windy City golf scene.  Click Here for a picture tour of the Preserve...

DON'T FORGET YOUR CLUBS...VALLEY OF THE SUN RIVALS THE WINDY CITY AS A PUBLIC GOLFERS DREAM

Thousands of Chicagoans will be heading out to Phoenix to watch the World Champion Cubs and rebuilding White Sox get ready for the 2017 season, but make sure you bring your clubs as golf in the morning and a ball game in the afternoon is the perfect way to spend a spring day in Arizona. Click Here for a detailed review of golf in sunny metro Phoenix...

THE MOST EXPENSIVE COURSES IN THE WINDY CITY...AND THE BEST TIMES TO PLAY

The Windy City boasts hundreds of public courses, but a handful are able to command over or near triple digit green fees from local golfers.  Click Here for a list of those select few, with the best times to play at rates far below prime time that will fit into most golf budgets...


FEATURED STORIES

NO "GIMME'S" HERE...WINDY CITY AMATEUR TOURS OFFER COMPETITIVE GOLF FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS

Several Amateur Golf tours operate in the Windy City, largely below the radar of most area golfers.  Click Here for a detailed review of 5 organizations that offer tournament golf using the USGA rule book to players of all skill levels...

LET'S PLAY TWO! 36 HOLES OF GREAT, BUDGET FRIENDLY WINDY CITY GOLF

To borrow a famous phrase from a Chicago sports legend, playing 2 rounds of golf on a beautiful summer weekday in the Windy City is a great alternative to a day at work.  Click Here to view an updated and expanded list of 29 combinations of courses from all corners of Chicagoland, all for under $90 (carts included) and within a short drive (less than 30 minutes) of each other, with plenty of time for lunch in between... 

UNDERAPPRECIATED TEE TIME INTERVAL KEY FACTOR IN PACE OF PLAY 

Mr Z brushed off his stats book and looked at the relationship between green fees and tee time intervals at metro Chicago courses, and reviewed several that have increased the spacing in an effort to enhance the customer experience.  Click Here to read an in depth analysis of tee times in the Windy City...  


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About This Site

I am a life long Chicagoan and an avid golfer (or as much as my wife will let me!). And I am also a closet journalist who needed an outlet, so I decided to write reviews of the golf courses that I've played over the years in Chicago. Plus I've added detailed information on each course to help my fellow public golfers find the ones that best fits their skill level and budgets. So, read the reviews and use the comments to either give me a big "thumbs up" or tell me I'm full of crap, check out the courses and other pages, and let me know what you think... Mr Z