Category: Illinois

September 17, 2009

Ask Travelin' Joe: Chicago, Washington D.C. and Las Vegas

Posted at 11:07 AM by Joe Passov

If you want to ask Travelin' Joe a question, e-mail him at [email protected].

Hey Joe,
A group of 8 of us are going to Chicago on the September 19 weekend. We were looking into a golf course to play that Saturday morning but haven't made up our minds yet. I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions as to where we should try. My criteria would be: public, $100 or less, relatively close proximity to Chicago because we won't have our own vehicles. Our handicaps range from 2 to 20. We want to play something quality and memorable.

Jordan Lund

Jordan, it would take Solomon's wisdom to find a perfect answer here, but you're stuck with Travelin' Joe, so we'll forge ahead with compromises. The Glen Club (847-724-7272, almost fits your bill. It's only 15 miles north of O'Hare, it serves up a handsome, tournament-tested Tom Fazio design and it's got all the service bells and whistles you could ask for. Unfortunately, they're asking $175 to play on a September Saturday.

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August 13, 2009

Recession-Busters: Save in September

Posted at 7:06 PM by Ryan Reiterman

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Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, N.H.

This historic resort's Golf Package is the perfect way to enjoy the classic 1915 Donald Ross design. Included is lodging; one round with cart per person, per day; breakfast; a nightly four-course dinner; and bonus golf on the 9-hole Mount Pleasant course. Rates start at $269 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and a two-night minimum stay.
800-314-1752, mountwashingtonresort.comMtwashington

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Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Galena, Ill.

Northwest of Chicago, this is the state's largest golf resort, with 63 holes. The World-Class Golf Package offers lodging, three rounds with cart, special rates on both the 9-hole East course and additional rounds, and breakfast in the Woodlands Restaurant. Rates start at $399 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Add a $30 surcharge to play the General Course.

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Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Bedford, Pa.

If you're into serious history, both on-course and off, check into this 200-year-old property in south-central Pennsylvania, where 10 U.S. presidents have stayed. The Unlimited Golf Package offers lodging, unlimited rounds of golf and cart, practice facility use and a $50 credit to be used in the pro shop. Rates begin at $294 per person, per night, double occupancy.

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Grand Geneva Resort
Lake Geneva, Wis.

The Grand Golf Package features lodging, a $20 merchandise credit in the golf shop and two rounds of golf per person on the aptly named Brute course and on the Highlands, a Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus design later tweaked by Bob Cupp. Rates start at $299 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. 800-558-3417,

(Photo Credit: Mount Washington Resort)

May 28, 2009

Ask Travelin Joe: Wisconsin, Illinois, Scottsdale and British Columbia

Posted at 12:38 PM by Joe Passov

If you want to ask Travelin' Joe a question, e-mail him at [email protected].

Dear Joe,
I will be spending 3-4 weeks in Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois in late May and June. The past few years I have enjoyed playing Thunderhawk in Beach Park, IL. Are there any courses you would recommend at a similar price point in the region?

Nick J.
Gilbert, Arizona

The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Thunderhawk ($52-$85; 847-968-4295, is pretty strong, but if you're craving variety in an area roughly one hour north of Chicago, start with Stonewall Orchard Golf Club ($70-$95; 847-740-4890, in Grayslake. This 7,074-yard, par-72 Arthur Hills creation, situated almost due west of Waukegan, between Libertyville and McHenry, boasts a formidable 140 slope, owing to water, wetlands and a superb set of par-3s.

Next, check out Shepherd's Crook ($42-$55; 847-872-2080, in Zion, an open, prairie-style Keith Foster product that sports wild, wavy greens and a wildly low price tag.

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