Erin Hills: Wisconsin layout will be a popular destination prior to ’17 Open

By Len Ziehm

Erin HillsErin, Wis. – The hoopla was extraordinary when Erin Hills first welcomed golfers in 2006.  The very upscale public course on the outskirts of Milwaukee was even awarded a U.S. Golf Assn. national championship (the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links) before its land was even seeded.

By 2009 – following an ownership change from creator Bob Lang to Milwaukee businessman Andy Ziegler, co-founder of the investment firm Artisan Partners – Erin Hills was named a site for both the 2011 U.S. Amateur and the 2017 U.S. Open. Frankly, I couldn’t understand why. Continue reading

2013 Concierge & Hospitality Professionals Golf Outing Recap

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Dean Gabey ClinicWe could not have picked a better day for our annual ‘Concierge and Hospitality Professionals’ Golf Event which was hosted this year by Lost Marsh Golf Course and The Hammond Port Authority. We at GOLF NOW! Chicago (your source for golf) coordinate this event every year as a way to get the concierge community excited about golf, to learn more about the game, and to give you a fun break to spend time with colleagues and friends for the day. The weather was super and we had concierges, hospitality professionals, and their guests come from all industry areas to attend including hotels, residential, businesses, clubs and more! Continue reading

Exciting Tournament Results and Golf Recap Week of June 17-23

Professional Tour Golf is Definitely in Full Swing!

by Publisher, Cheryl Justak

Wow!  What a great week it was in the Chicagoland area for professional golf tournaments. Both the Encompass Championship (Part of the Champions Tour) and the Symetra Tour/Four Winds Invitational (Road to the LPGA Tour) were taking place at the same time during the week of June 17 through the 23. One taking place in Glenview, Illinois and the other in South Bend/Notre Dame, Indiana. Lots of driving and miles that week!

MPI Event at Mission HillsWe started the week off on Monday, June 17 by playing in the 18th Annual Meeting Professional’s International Golf Classic and Summer Soiree at Mission Hills Country Club in Northbrook, IL.   This annual event is attended by the “Who’s Who” in the Meeting & Event Planning Industry and every one of the 18 holes had a major sponsor residing for the day to entertain and challenge the golfers coming through. I had not played Mission Hills in quite a few years.   It’s a great course, that’s tight and narrow and winds through an entire residential golf course community. New owners have recently purchased Mission Hills and are working hard to make improvements to the banquet facilities and the golf course. It was a great event and one we look forward to attending every year. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Lost Marsh is the Closet Golf Course to Chicago

…and they’ll pick up your guests and clients with their 24-passenger shuttle!

Concierges on the course 2013From Niko Sullivan, Director of Golf Operations at Lost Marsh:
“Thank you all for attending the Concierge and Hospitality Outing hosted by the Lost Marsh Golf Course/ Hammond Port Authority and GOLF NOW! Chicago. We hope everyone had a great time and had the chance to enjoy our facilities. We encourage you to come back and experience all the outdoor activities available at a fraction of what you’d spend downtown, and we’re only 25 minutes away!” Continue reading