Comings & Goings: Graystone Golf Course to Close
Also in this week's business news, Matt's TV & Electronics in Tinley Park is expecting its 100,000th customer and Orland's Chick-fil-A teams up with the Bridge Teen Center to host a car show.
If you’re a fan of Graystone Golf Course at 7600 W. 191st St. in Tinley Park, you better make your tee time soon.
The nine-hole layout, which was built by Jim Gray and opened in 1995, will end its run as a golf course at the end of its current season.
Owners of the course want to turn the 48-acre site into either a sod or soybean farm. Odds favor a sod farm as there is already an irrigation system in place to water the grounds.
Karen Gray, one of three owners and the person who has operated the course since her husband’s death in 2009, did not return phone calls.
Village records indicate the course has been for sale since shortly after Mr. Gray died, but there has been little real interest in buying the land, which is zoned for office and restricted industrial use.
The village board has to approve a special use permit to allow the farming, but that shouldn’t be a problem. There are farms all around the course and the Tinley Park Plan Commission has endorsed the permit.
As part of the special use permit, the folks who own the course will have to keep trying to sell the land.
That shouldn’t be a problem. The site is currently being advertised—as a former golf course—with the price listed as negotiable.
The permit would be good for three years.
Matt’s TV to Hit Milestone this Week
Matt’s TV at 17236 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park is expected to service its 100,000th customer this week.
“Based on our typical week, we should hit 100,000 by the end of this week,” said store manager Walter Jones.
Jones said the lucky customer will receive prizes and lots of recognition.
The store has been around for more than 50 years and has been in Tinley Park since 1971. It has been owned by Jim Fuentes, known by many as the "Mayor of Oak Park Avenue," for the past eight years. He also runs his State Farm Insurance Agency from inside the store.
For information and to possibly be the lucky 100,000th customer, call 708-532-4626 or visit Matt’s TV & Electronics.
Chick-fil-A, Bridge Teen Center Host Car Show
Chick-fil-A and the Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park are teaming up to host a Car Show at the restaurant, 15605 S. LaGrange Road, starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25.
Antique and classic cars are expected to fill the restaurant’s parking lot. There is no charge to participate in the show.
Guests are being asked to park in the nearby Lowe’s parking lot.
Guests will be able to vote for their favorite car as well as enjoy music and food. A percentage of the night’s proceeds will go to the Bridge Teen Center to help fund its free programs.
For information, call Rob at 708-532-0500.
Former Bank Purchased
A group called Sass Orland LLC has purchased the former Amcore Bank building at 16057 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park for $810,000. Plans for the 5,928-square-foot free-standing building were unknown as of July 20.
Children’s Museum Hosts Business After Hours
The Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn, 5100 Museum Drive, is hosting a multi-chamber Business after Hours from 5:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. Orland Chamber members can RSVP by today to Tracey at 708-423-6709 Ext. 206 or via email to email@example.com.
Tinley Chamber to Meet
The Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly membership meeting from 8:15-9:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at Odyssey Country Club, 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave. Patch Editor Carrie Frillman will be speaking at the event!
Family Fun Night at Odyssey
Members of the Orland Park and Tinley Park chambers are invited to a multichamber Family Fun Night from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Odyssey Fun World, 19111 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park. For information, call 708-429-3800. Members should RSVP to their respective chambers.
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