Is there anything that Bandon Dunes DOESN’T have?

You never get tired of ocean-front views, like this one on Bandon’s Pacific Dunes course.

You never get tired of ocean-front views, like this one on Bandon’s Pacific Dunes course.

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

BANDON, Oregon – There’s definitely a lot to say about Bandon Dunes, the very unique multi-course facility on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. In short, though, it has most everything.

There’s four quality walking-only 18-holers, a 55-acre practice range, the 100,000-square foot Punchbowl putting course, a 13-hole par-3 layout called Bandon Preserve that was chosen as Best U.S. Short Course by Golf Digest magazine, one of the biggest caddie programs in the United States, dining at six restaurants and lounges, a variety of comfortable lodging and – one of the many factors that separates Bandon Dunes from other American resorts – everything is so close together.

You could easily drive your car from one place to another (as we did), but if you don’t want to do that there’s a shuttle system that works just fine. Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Prairie Club offers a unique brand of golfing fun

If you’re passionate about your golf, Nebraska’s Prairie Club is a perfect place for a get-away.

If you’re passionate about your golf, Nebraska’s Prairie Club is a perfect place for a get-away.

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

VALENTINE, Neb. – The first thing you notice as you approach the Prairie Club in the sandhills of Nebraska is what’s not there.

You cruise through the “big” town of Valentine (population 2,830) and 17 miles later you see the first indication that a big-time golf resort is nearby. It’s just a small sign saying the entrance is a half-mile away.

Then you hit the entrance – just a small sign as well – and face a two-mile drive down a winding dirt road to the clubhouse that, most notably, takes you by some mean-looking cattle. Then the fun begins. Continue reading

Fall is the Perfect Time to Visit Top Windy City Courses

By Jim Zuccarelli

October is here and most area courses are offering reduced green fees up to the end of the year, and the cool fall water is the perfect respite from the summer heat to enjoy the fabulous golf found in the Windy City.  Whether you’re looking to play one of the more expensive layouts at a budget friendly discount, or just want to get in a few final rounds at your local links, there is still plenty of time before winter takes hold.

Almost every course will have fall rates in play by mid-October, so check online or call for current prices.  Here are a handful of my personal favorites for late season Chicago golf: Continue reading

American FootGolf League to hold U.S. FootGolf National Championship At Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course Saturday, October 3

Harvey Silverman, Editor, This is FootGolf and Mike Galeski, AFGL Senior Advisor

Sydney Marovitz aerial

Sydney Marovitz aerial

(Palm Springs, CA) – The American FootGolf League (AFGL) will conduct the first annual U.S. FootGolf National Championship at historic Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course in Chicago, IL on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The tournament will host more than 100 FootGolf players representing over 20 states across the country competing in the inaugural competition.

Kicking off at 8AM., the 36-hole, stroke-play tournament is open to all players; divisions include adult male, senior male, women and clubs. Entry is $59 for American FootGolf League members and $79 for non-members which includes a one-year AFGL membership. Proper golf attire is required, and competitors must supply their own No. 5 soccer ball. Continue reading

Speedgolf, FootGolf find their way to Chicago area courses

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

With the exception of the Presidents Cup team event, coming up in Korea in two weeks, the PGA Tour’s 2014-15 season is over. Jordan Spieth’s win in the FedEx Cup playoffs on Sunday brought it to a dramatic conclusion.

In the Chicago area, though, there’s still a few events on the October calendar including two that carry fancy titles. The U.S. FootGolf National Championship will be held on Saturday (OCT 3) at the Chicago Park District’s Sydney Marovitz course and the Speedgolf World Championship is Oct. 19-20 at The Glen Club in Glenview. Continue reading