Tournament Highlights, Our “Champions Experience” Winner and Future Tournament Dates


Tom Lehman and His Caddie 2014 Encompass Championship

Tom Lehman and His Caddie 2014 Encompass Championship

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. Tom Lehman held onto the lead and was this year’s Encompass Championship winner at fifteen under (-15), walking away with $270,000 of the purse money, followed by Michael Allen ($144,000) and Kirk Triplett ($144,000) who were both tied for 2nd place at fourteen under (-14). Continue reading

The Inn at Harbor Shores Now Open

The Inn at Harbor ShoresThe 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. Highway time from downtown Chicago is about 90 minutes. Some may choose to arrive over Lake Michigan and dock at The Inn’s deep-water marina. Visitors will enjoy the trail system to spectacular Lake Michigan beaches. The charming shops in St. Joseph or in Benton Harbor’s Arts District offer another reason to stay at The Inn.

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Inaugural LPGA International Crown – Tune into the Golf Channel!

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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It Ziehms to Me: Tweaking is almost done at Erin Hills

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

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.

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Port Course at Harborside Channels Scottish Links

By Jim Zuccarelli

Harborside International 2nd hole

Harborside International 2nd hole

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.” Since my experience with golf in the British Isles goes no further than the Open Championship on television each year, I’ll have to take him at his hyperbolic word, though a sighting of the midwest version of a Loch Ness Monster-like creature inhabiting the murky depths of Lake Calumet may not come as a total surprise. Continue reading