Springbrook Golf Course

For the long Labor Day weekend, Markus, Rickard, and I headed to Naperville, Illinois for a round at Springbrook Golf Course. The course is located approximately 32 miles west of downtown Chicago, and is part of the Naperville Park District, which also operates Naperbrook Golf Course, a course I played earlier this year. Springbrook opened in 1974 and was designed by Roger Packard, who also designed many courses thoughout Chicagoland, including Naperbrook Golf Course, Prairie Bluff Golf Club, and all 27 holes of Cantigny Golf Course.

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Hank Haney's Vision of "The Greatest Swing in History"

I’ve recently been reading through Hank Haney’s book The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, and in one chapter of the book he talks about a commercial that Tiger Woods did for Nike back in 2006, titled “Swing Portrait”. I know the commercial might be a little old, but since the book is relatively new (published in March of 2012), I thought it would be cool to revisit this commercial:

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The Art and Science of Pricing Greens Fees (Part 2)

This is the second post in a two-part post on greens fees from an interview with Brandon Evans, General Manager & PGA Certified Golf Professional at Village Greens of Woodridge (and self-imposed “Director of Fun and Entertainment”). In this post, we talk about the breakdown of greens fees and cart fees. – CGN: What’s the first thing course management looks at when determining the cost? BE: Like nearly any other business, what price do we charge to maximize both revenue and customer satisfaction/value?

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The Art and Science of Pricing Greens Fees (Part 1)

Since I play so many different courses in the Chicagoland area, the one thing that I’ve always been curious about is how courses set their greens fees. I’ve played many courses that have a wide range of pricing, and there’s one thing I’m sure of: the price of the greens fees for the course does not always match the quality, beauty, or challenge of the course. So I reached out once again to Brandon Evans, General Manager & PGA Certified Golf Professional at Village Greens of Woodridge (and self-imposed “Director of Fun and Entertainment”).

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Countryside Golf Club – Traditional Course

A couple months ago, Markus and I traveled to the north suburbs to Countryside Golf Club and played their Prairie course. This weekend, we traveled back up north and played their other course, the Traditional course. Located in Mundelein, Illinois, approximately 34 miles north of downtown Chicago, Countryside is part of the Lake County Forest Preserves, which also oversees ThunderHawk Golf Club and Brae Loch Golf Club (both of which are outside of the project circle).

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