GOLF NOW! Chicago Summer News


Summer is sizzling and we'd like to let you know about some "cool" getaways to have some fun and enjoy summer golf at its best!

July and August are great months for golf getaways whether you head out for the day with a group of golf buddies or plan a fabulous weekend escape with a "stay and play" golf package. Customize your package to what works for you!

The Inn at Harbor Shores - Stunning New Hotel Now Open!

The Inn at Harbor Shores, the newest addition to the Harbor Shores community with its Jack Nicklaus Signature Design public course, is now open. The Inn features 92 rooms and suites with a choice of golf or harbor views. Plank's Tavern offers fine food in a decidedly casual waterside atmosphere with rave reviews since opening.

Swan Lake Resort - Taking Care of Every Detail!

If you are looking for a "stay and play" golf getaway where everything is right at your finger tips, Swan Lake Resort has it all! Two challenging golf courses, all types of accommodations on site to suit your needs, fabulous home-style dining at Dickie's Restaurant, and a professional golf staff and academy to help you with your golf game! Swan Lake's seasoned staff will take care of every detail of your golf outing or getaway. For more information, visit

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Tweaking is almost done at Erin Hills for 2017 U.S. Open

By Len Ziehm, Golf Writer 
Erin Hills has undergone more than its share of tweaks in its brief history, but interest in the layout 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee has never wavered. In fact, enthusiasm for the course has grown with each of the changes made since the opening in 2006. It's good news, though, that the alterations are just about done.

Port Course at Harborside Channels Scottish Links

By Jim Zuccarelli, Windy City Public Golfers Guide 
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." 

Tune into the Golf Channel this July -- Inaugural LPGA International Crown Is Coming!

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.

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Encompass Championship Presented by CareerBuilder

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, which in the end was awarded to Tom Lehman

Champions Experience Winner

Congratulations to Vickie Miller, winner of our fabulous "Champions Experience" promotion. A special thank you to all who entered this fabulous promotion and to the Encompass Championship for providing this wonderful event package and opportunity!

Four Winds Invitational / 2014 LPGA Symetra Tour Event

Taking place during the same week as the Encompass Championship was the 2014 Four Winds Invitational, held for the 3rd year at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, IN. With a very close race, finishing in first place was Nicole Vandermade with a final round of 68, followed by Lee Lopez who came in second with a final round of 70 and fan favorite, Jackie Stoelting, in third.

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Stars & Stripes Golf Classic

Celebrate Independence Day with your best four on the fourth with Mistwood Golf Club's Stars & Stripes Golf Classic! This annual shotgun tournament is a "Pick Your Tee" scramble that allows teams to play from 6 Red, 6 White & 6 Blue Tees in any order! No cheating though...Uncle Sam is always watching! Proper "holiday" attire is strongly encouraged, so be sure to bring out all the red, white, and blue you can find in your closet.  

Veteran's Outing
for Lest We Forget
July 8, 2014
Harbor Shores
Benton Harbor, MI
Call 269-927-4653

Spring 2-Ball

Summer 4-Ball 
4-Person Team Event
July 12, 2014
Prairie Landing GC
West Chicago, IL 

2-Person Scramble

July 27, 2014
Prairie Landing GC
West Chicago, IL

Phil Kosin Illinois Women's Open  
July 28-30, 2014
Mistwood GC
Romeoville, IL

World's Largest
Golf Outing

August 11, 2014
Across the US

US Women's
Amateur Qualifying

July 7, 2014
Ravisloe CC
Homewood, IL

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