Saturday, September 29, 2007

Short Course at a Short Distance

Wilmette Golf Club ($$)
3900 Fairway Drive (Lake Ave. at Harms Rd.)
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-9777

Opened in 1922, Wilmette’s wide open layout and relatively short track (6,400 yards from the tips) is enticing for those wanting to ‘grip it and rip it.’

The tree-lined fairways can force some rescue shots, but the shallow rough and adjacent fairways won’t punish you either. There aren’t many dog-legged fairways, water comes into play on only 6 hole and there’s plenty of relief at the forward tees; the course isn’t too hard on less experienced players. There is only one par 5 per side and the 517-yard 17th hole is most likely the scorecard killer. The fairway crooks slightly left with water lingering about 100 yards in. An approach shot above the hole on the sloped green can force a 3-putt.

Wilmette’s close proximity to I90/94 makes it only a 20-30 min. ride from downtown Chicago, making it perfect for the city dweller or weekend visitor.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"The" Staple of Chicago's diet

Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen
1141 S. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 939-2855

Perfect for the post-round nosh, one of the true bastions of America’s diners is nestled just South of the Chicago Loop, amongst the garment dealers and the historical grounds of the Maxwell Street Market. Manny’s corned beef is as much a part of Chicago’s culinary cornucopia as Gibsons or Trotters.

Don’t let the large daily menu overwhelm you. Everything’s good. But generations of Chicagoans have survived on Vienna corned beef sandwiches on rye. Your only worry should be brown or yellow mustard. Manny’s is a true cafeteria, with plenty of seating for larger parties and ample parking in the rear of the building.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The King of the Forest Preserve

George W. Dunne National (Forest Preserve Golf) ($$)
16310 S. Central Ave.
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 429-6886

Located 30-40 minutes Southwest of Chicago, George Dunne’s mix of sloping fairways and wooded confines makes this course the crown jewel of the Forest Preserve group. Operated by Billy Casper Golf, this 7,200-yard course features water on 9 out of 18 holes and plenty of trees. The front 9 plays fairly wide, with a narrower back 9 winding its way through the Preserve.

You’ll need to think twice about taking out your driver on a few holes, notably the 4th, the 11th & the nearly impossible to par, 18th hole, all of which must carry large ponds, only to find landing areas with little runways. The punishments for driving through the fairways here are shallow bunkers and low hanging trees.

Tees for all skill levels. Hackers and beginners should bring extra ammo for errant shots. Between the water and woods, there are plenty of places for a ball to get lost.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

This Yom Kippur...

I'm atoning for:

  • 3-putting greens
  • carding a 7 in any round
  • dead hooks with the Driver
  • sculling chip shots
  • slicing approaches 150 yds. in
  • missing birdie putts within 8 feet

and all the rest.

Good yontif to you and yours.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Get low at Indian Boundary

Indian Boundary (Forest Preserve Golf) ($)
8600 W. Forest Preserve Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 625-9630

On the Northwest edge of the city and about 10-15 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Indian Boundary is a short track, perfect for those just picking up the game the of golf. Only a hair over 6,000 yards, the short par-5’s are begging to be approached in 2 shots, so be ready for some eagle putts. The back nine reads like a poker hand. Four par-4’s in a row, and then 5-3-5-3-5.

More seasoned golfers will like the ease of the course while hackers will actually have a chance to card their first birdie. For the price (Under $30!!!), Indian Boundary isn’t hard on the wallet. Check with the pro shop about Night Golf and other specials.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Golf at the Edge of the City

Water’s Edge Golf Club ($$)
7205 W. 115th St.
Worth, IL 60482
(708) 671-1032
Greens Fees (18 holes w/cart): Contact clubhouse for rates.

Living up to its name, Water’s Edge boasts the wet hazard on 10 out of 18 holes. A challenging but manageable course, beginners and hackers should not be daunted. About a 35-40 minute ride from downtown (About 15-20 minutes from Midway Airport), Water’s Edge, this course sits on the Cal-Sag Channel, making the course susceptible to waterlogging. Keep an eye on the weather before you play this course, or bring your galoshes.

The 1st hole, a par-5, doglegs left and forces a tough 2nd shot, with a creek splitting the fairway about 150 yards from the green. Have fun at the turn with the 400-yard, par 4, 10th hole, where the tee sits atop the hill like a launching pad, so don’t be afraid to grip and rip the Driver. It’s a tough finish with the 18th hole, water runs all the way up the right side.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

South Side -- Scottish Style

Harborside Internatioal (Starboard) ($$$)
11001 S. Doty Ave. East
Chicago, IL 60628
(312)-STARTER (782-7837)

The Starboard course at Harborside International is part of an upscale, plush and well-maintained Scottish-style 36-hole golf gem located 20-30 minutes south of the Chicago Loop. Harborside boasts a large teaching area complete with driving range, putting and chipping areas.

Harborside always maintains a 1-club wind and the fescue lining the rough will eat any errant shot. This is not a course for beginners, as having any chance at a decent score requires well-placed shots, so keep ‘em straight and bring plenty of ammo.

The par-4 9th demands driver off the tee, but a headwind can make this hole seem like a par 5. The par-3 13th creates for an awkward address at the tee box, with the doglegged approach. The par-5 18th, the Liberty Bell, is a daunting 560 yards from the tee and finishes with water all the way up the right side.

For location, value and overall golf experience in the Chicago city limits, nothing beats Harborside.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

It's Sunday

There's football to watch.

Not to worry. More to come. GO BEARS!!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

What is In Between 18?

Maybe I’m just tooling around
Maybe I’m just monkeying around
Maybe I’m just around

What am I working on?

It’s something that has to do with golf, travel, accommodations, food, festivals, culture, human interest, benefiting your fellow man and the like.

The process by which the content of this site will be generated and communicated is organic and circuitous. It may or may not color within the lines of professional journalism. It is like an amoeba constantly changing shape, yet staying cohesive and focused on reaching “the point”, no matter if it’s not a straight line connecting A to B.

I remind myself of what David Fricke (an editor from Rolling Stone magazine) said about Wilco’s album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Or was it simply about music in general?

But the point Fricke made, and for that matter, what I’m trying to make is this:

“You’re either going to dig it, or your not.”

I hope you do.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Where the 'royal we' stand...

We are wireless. I am free to roam with my (read as: on loan from JP) wifi-ready laptop.

Where will I be going and what will I do when I get there?

I'm working on it.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Wooded & Windy

Deerfield Golf Club & Learning Center (public) ($$)
1201 Saunders Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
(847) 945-8333

Renovated in 2005, the Deerfield Golf Club boasts a mixed challenge of wood-nestled narrows and breezy open fairways. The opening three holes forces straight shots with O.B on both sides. The par-5, 2nd hole eats up errant drives with a long pond on the left.

The back nine is partially protected by a wall which cuts down on wind generated from nearby Interstate 294...partially. The green on the dogleg-right par-4 17th is well protected with bunkers and surrounding trees. The par-5 18th boasts a raised green, dog-legging to the left; a misplayed second shot here and your scorecard will be in shambles.

Don’t be surprised if Bambi’s relatives find their way to the fairway (it’s not called Deerfield for nothing).

Monday, September 10, 2007

what's coming your way

researching more about wifi, golf and travel.

Perhaps you're getting a clearer picture of what's to come.


Saturday, September 08, 2007

hang in there!

Remember that motivational poster with the cat hanging from a tree branch?

It's kind of like that. So bear with me, I'm working on it. More to come.


Friday, September 07, 2007

A change is coming

and it doesn't involve taking hormones or going to Mexico.

more to come. :)


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