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post #19 of 30

Did a stay-and-play with golf lessons included at this place:  http://www.swanlakeresort.com/golf

 

Northern Indiana and can't be more than 1.5 hours from Chicagoland.  Very nice courses, 2 18s.  Great practice facility and on-site hotel and cottages.

 

dave

post #20 of 30
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Dave!

post #21 of 30

I love the golf at Lawsonia in Green Lake WI -- 2.5 hours from O'Hare. Two wonderful courses and, while very affordable, among my favorite places to play at any price. They held the PGA there about 70 years ago. The Links course is a wonderful design that I've come to appreciate more the more I play it. The golf is one of the great deals I've ever found. The courses are located on a large property called The Green Lake Conference Center. They have lots of on-site lodging designed for church groups and families. The entire property is owned by the Baptists and the course and "hotels" are dry. I understand that it was an upscale resort "in the day," fell on hard times, was purchased by Mr. Kraft of Kraft Foods, and he donated it to the Baptists. 

 

I have been the guest of a large group that rented houses on the property and we saved our non-Baptist fun for evenings. This was an annual thing and we all loved the golf and shared houses. As a guest, I don't know what houses cost but guess the ones in the woods are much cheaper than those on the lake. I do know there are a few (very few) hotel options near the courses that range from budget to fancy. There are also a few restaurants within a short drive. There are also B&B options that may make a deal if stay during the week and avoid peak season.

 

http://www.lawsonia.com

 

http://www.glcc.org

post #22 of 30
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That place sounds great, rusty! But I'm afraid you lost me at "dry". (I grew up Baptist. Nice people, good potlucks, not a lot of fun at parties.)

post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by Mikeup View Post
 

That place sounds great, rusty! But I'm afraid you lost me at "dry". (I grew up Baptist. Nice people, good potlucks, not a lot of fun at parties.)

To be clear, the course is dry but your rented house is your house. So if beer while playing matters (as it does to some of my buddies) then skip this place.

post #24 of 30
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Rend Lake in Illinois fits most of your criteria. I have heard good things about Oak Terrace in Pana Illinois as well.

 



We stayed at Rend Lake and played golf on our way to Missouri several years ago and I enjoyed it. That's the only place I've ever stayed where I could walk across the parking lot to the golf course.

It was pretty cold and wet that day and it seemed like I was hitting a lot of 3 irons into greens so I would like to go back sometime in the summer. a2_wink.gif
post #25 of 30
I'm with WUtiger. Friends and I go there every year and a group of seniors go a different time and never once have we been let down. Hotel is literally on 18 green and you leave everything in your carts and they will be waiting for you when it's your t time.
post #26 of 30

Branson Mo has a lot to offer with multiple resort golf courses.    http://www.explorebransongolf.com/courses

 

The Lake of the Ozarks is another great area.      http://lakeoftheozarksgolfcourses.com/

 

Both areas offer outstanding golf courses and are priced reasonable.

 

These areas are very popular play grounds for the St Louis and KC metropolitan residents and usually are very busy during the summer weekends.

Sunday through Friday's the areas are less crowded and one can certainly enjoy the great experience they offer. 

 

Club Rat

post #27 of 30
I live in Branson, as of right now 2 of our best clouded are closed. Branson creek ( 1public in the state) and murder rock #3 in the state, were bought by Johnny Morris owner of bass pro shops. Hid top of the rock could and branson creek are to be reopened in the spring. I think hes trying to do something with the courses and his big cedar lodge resort. But we also have the #2 and #4 ranked courses in the state here. Among 3 other good ones.
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by castlerockmo View Post

I live in Branson, as of right now 2 of our best clouded are closed. Branson creek ( 1public in the state) and murder rock #3 in the state, were bought by Johnny Morris owner of bass pro shops. Hid top of the rock could and branson creek are to be reopened in the spring. I think hes trying to do something with the courses and his big cedar lodge resort. But we also have the #2 and #4 ranked courses in the state here. Among 3 other good ones.

 

I'll second Branson MO--not what people think of as a golf destination.  Branson Creek and Murder Rock are phenomenal.  Payne Stewart Golf Club is also fantastic and has condos and villas on the course.  I've also played River Cut, a very good public course, less than 30 minutes from Branson.  And the weather from April and on is usually quite good (though they have had a rather brutal winter this year).

post #29 of 30

Mikeup -

You look at SW Michigan as an option - 3 (ish) hours from Chicago to Grand Rapids area.

You can fly into GR if some in your group would rather do that then drive.

Tons of courses from, here are a few:

Tullymore/St. Ives (an hour north)

Thornapple, Gleneagle - greater GR

Ravines & Clearbrook - Saugatuck

Hawkshead - South Haven

Heritage Glen & Lake Michigan Hills - Benton Harbor

 

lodging choices would depend on where you wanted to play but if you stayed in the Holland area that puts you within an hour of almost all of those.

post #30 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks, everyone! Lots to think about.
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