Life. Liberty. And the pursuit of great golf.

GolfVisions 4th of July

July 4th falls on a Monday this year, which means a bona fide 3-day weekend to celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of great golf! Throughout the GolfVisions Chicagoland family of courses, we are offering plenty of (Yankee Doodle) Dandy specials to enhance your celebration. Please click on course name below to view offers for that course and book online through the facility website.

Or call the course to reserve your tee time!

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Foxford Hills Golf Club, Cary, IL
18 distinctly spectacular holes amidst an atmosphere that evokes Carolina resort golf, close to home in the NW suburbs. 847-639-0400. Continue reading

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A new look for golf instruction at Grand Traverse

Mark Hill Grand Traverse Golf Academy

Mark Hill believes the most effective golf instruction is done on the course.

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

ACME, Michigan – The structural changes at Grand Traverse were made last year when owners of the 30-year old resort spent $7 million to renovate the tower that is the facility’s centerpiece.

Grand Traverse has three courses on its 1,400 acres and the resort features 660 rooms, diverse restaurants and lounges and 49,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space, unique shops, health club and spa, children’s center and beach club. Last year’s upgrades were – most understandingly – very well received and they’ll keep Grand Traverse in the forefront of U.S. golf destinations for many years to come.

That was last year, this is now. Continue reading

A big change is coming at Michigan’s Inn at Bay Harbor

The Inn at Bay Harbor is undergoing a three-stage renovation that will make it even more upscale.

The Inn at Bay Harbor is undergoing a three-stage renovation that will make it even more upscale.

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

BAY HARBOR, Michigan – This is anniversary time for Boyne Golf, the biggest golf course conglomerate in the Midwest. It has 10 courses among its three northern Michigan resorts and two are celebrating milestones in 2016.

The Heather course at Boyne Highlands – the Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that got the golf boom started in the area – is marking its 50th season and the most upscale of the Boyne layouts – Bay Harbor – is marking its 20th season. Continue reading

Here’s what’s new from some of our favorite travel destinations

Ziehm at LaCosta

California’s famed LaCosta was one of our favorite stops during our coast to coast golf tour.

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

Our latest, extended travels to golf destinations are over now, and they were unprecedented. We were basically on the road for six months – from Oct. 1 to April 10 – and made visits to destinations in Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California. Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana.

We covered about 14,000 miles on this all-driving odyssey and hit 18 destinations with a lengthy stay in Winter Haven, FL., in between – a period during which we tested a number of golf facilities in the Orlando area. All were chronicled in my reports and Joy’s photos. Continue reading

America’s Golf Capital in Michigan? Why not?

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. – Crystal Mountain Resort started as a community ski area in 1956. Golf didn’t come until 1977 when one of the owners, Bob Meyer, designed the first nine holes of what is now the Benzie Valley course.

That course became an 18-holer a year later, and Bill Newcomb, a well-established Midwest course designer from Indiana, started work on the Mountain Ridge course 15 years later . It was also built nine holes at a time, and the 18-hole layout opened in 1994.

It’s understandable that skiing would come first at such Michigan locations. Even now, golf staffers at Crystal Mountain point out that the resort can get 4,000 skiers through in one day compared to only 400 golfers. The numbers speak for themselves.

There’s no snow on the ski slopes, but Crystal Mountain’s golf operation is in full swing.

There’s no snow on the ski slopes, but Crystal Mountain’s golf operation is in full swing.

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