Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Tinley Park Golf Expo takes place Friday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Attendees will have a chance to test the latest in golf products and learn from local PGA pros.
The second annual Tinley Park Golf Expo tees off Friday, Feb. 8 and will run through Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. The event runs from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 10. It's open to the public. Admission for Friday is $5 per person, while admission for Saturday and Sunday is $10 per person. During the expo, attendees can take part in both long drive and putting competitions, test new equipment all three days and even win 'golf for life' from Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. There will also be free PGA professional lessons available during the event. More information can be found at the expo's webpage or Facebook page.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Patch asked readers which local golf course offers the best value, and after two weeks of voting, a winner has emerged!
Golfers are often looking to get the best round for their bucks. Which course offers the coolest perks, at a reasonable price? It might be a GPS in the cart. Others flock to the course with the best pro shop, or most reasonably priced refreshments. For some, they prefer the location offering courses with varied levels of difficulty. Maybe it's the beverage service that pleases a golfer, or even the chance to knock the dust off their cleats at a driving range before teeing off. We recently asked Southland golf enthusiasts which golf course offers the most enjoyable experience, at the best price? And after two weeks of voting, ladies and gentlemen, Patch has a winner. Our readers say Silver Lake Country Club offers the best value for its …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Stony Creek Greens Superintendent Tim Scott shares some insider tips on the course's 14th hole, which can play several ways depending on the tee box you choose.
Stony Creek is one of the shorter tracks in Southland golf, but its intricate layout still provides a challenge for all golfers. The 14th hole is a perfect example of a hole that can prove difficult if golfers don't find the fairway. The 370-yard, par-4 hole features a slight dogleg right, making it tough for people with a natural draw. Tee shots from the back tees must cross over a creek and stay in between a pair of bunkers on each side of the fairway. "The big hitters can hit a 3-wood off the tee, leave it short of the bunker and have a mid-iron into the green," said Tim Scott, Greens Superintendent at Stony Creek. On the approach shot, golfers have a large green as a target, but beware of three-putting.
Monday, January 23, 2012
You may not think winter is prime driving range season, but here in Tinley Park, the good times don't have to end.
Ditch the frigid temps and spend some time in the Odyssey Sweet Spot Sports Bar and Driving Range in Tinley Park — for cheap. But you have to act fast. You have about five and a half hours to cash in on the bar's latest Groupon, which includes paying $13 for three large buckets of driving-range balls. You'd normally pay more than double that — $27 — to spend the three buckets in any of the spot's 12 heated driving range stations. "After peppering flag-marked targets with practice balls, patrons can pop into the adjacent Sweet Spot Sports Bar, in which HD TVs broadcast ongoing sporting events and Golden Tee 2011 allows players to enjoy the game of golf while still giving misbehaving 9-irons the silent treatment," said the Groupon. Check …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The inflatable dome over the golf course's indoor driving range collapsed in February after a snowstorm tore a hole in it. But an upgraded replacement dome is set to be delivered by the end of the month.
When a blizzard tore through the Southland in February, the gusting winds and accumulated snowfall ripped a hole in the inflatable indoor golf dome at Green Garden Country Club, causing it to collapse. Now, almost a year later, the golf course is preparing to reopen the dome next month. And it's something staff members have been anticipating for a while. "No doubt about it, we're excited," said Todd Russell, the head golf professional at Green Garden. "We've gotten a lot of calls and inquiries from people about when we're going to open it." WATCH: Green Garden Golf Dome Collapses After Snowstorm (VIDEO) Although the collapse site has been cleaned up and the driving range's concrete and steel structures are still intact, the course is still…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A list of local golf outings benefiting children, disabled veterans, education and village programs around Tinley Park.
When people are not cursing the shot that hooked way into the woods, golf can be relaxing. Around the area, golf can also be a way to bring peace of mind to those interested in supporting charities. Several organizations are hosting charity golf outings in the upcoming weeks. We've compiled a list of a few. If we missed any, please add information about them in the comments. Happy swinging. Patriot Golf Days September 2nd - 5th Silver Lake Country Club Minimum donation: $1 All day Golfers nationwide are asked to make a donation as small as $1 or as large as possible to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships to children and spouses of military men and women killed or disabled while …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Sunshine Through Golf teams golfers with special needs with professional instructors.
The Sunshine Through Golf program, which has been at Prestwick Country Club for five years, connects golfers with special needs with instructors to provide them with an opportunity to learn the sport. Sponsored by a partnership between Prestwick, the Chicago District Golf Association, Lincolnway Special Recreation Association, the program has three PGA professionals who instruct the students: Brandon Adair, golf director at Prestwick, and assistant golf pros Scott Jugin and Tim Orbon. LWSRA coaches Ralph Krauss, Lana Dobson and Jerry Halahan also help out. "We collect golf clubs and bags all yearlong to provide free clubs and bags for the campers," Orbon said. "We give them out to the students who may want them after the five-week camp is …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Stony Creek is a shorter golf course that plays to a par of 65. The trouble is the fairways are U.S. Open-like, that is to say, very narrow. The course originally was built in 1994 alongside the already standing practice facility and driving range.
Stony Creek Golf Course's modest 18-hole length of 5,004 yards from the blue tees might give the impression that Oak Lawn’s par-65 course can be had rather easily. But after taking a quick glance out to the narrow fairways from any of Stony Creek’s tee boxes, you might want to reconsider your original opinion. “Seeing that it’s a slightly smaller golf course, the fairways are similar to when they have the U.S. Open, where the fairways are 25-30 yards wide," said Tim Scott, Stony Creek’s Greens Superintendent. “That’s where all our fairways are at. Everybody’s getting a feeling of, 'Well, you have to hit the ball off the tee in the U.S. Open because there’s not as much area to spray the ball left and right.' ” Stony Creek Golf Course was …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
A weekly video look at sports in the Southland.
It's summer, and in the world of prep sports that means summer camps, T-ball and a round of golf. But even fall favorite football was in on the action this week in the Southland, with a few talented teams participating in 7-on-7 drills. For more coverage of the stories featured in today's Sportscast, click on the links below. For the Love of the Game: Evergreen Park Girls Softball Southland Golf: Plenty to Test All Skill Levels at The Sanctuary Richards 7-On-7 Football Camp Draws Elite Field Bears to Stage Youth Football Camp in Tinley
Monday, June 20, 2011
Scenic golf course in New Lenox earns earns high marks from Golf Digest.
Sometimes the best things aren't easy to find. Hopefully it's not your drive on No. 5. The Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox is pretty much in the middle of New Lenox, but it's tucked away off of Route 30, making it the type of place that most aren't going to drive by on a regular basis. The course marked its 15-year anniversary last year and continues to offer a challenge for both the newer golfer as well as those with plenty of experience. "Steve Halberg designed the course, and when he first designed it the fescue was pretty much the whole course," Sanctuary golf pro Bob Schulz said. "They cut a lot of it down after the course first opened because the high-end handicapped golfers were struggling, but we've grown some of it where it …