The Chicago Golfweek Amateur Tour recently announced its 2013 tournament schedule, consisting of 12 events, which will include 2 exhibitions and 3 major tournaments. Entering its 4th season, the Chicago Golfweek Amateur Tour is a great way for golfers to enjoy a group camaraderie experience on some of the best golf courses in the Chicago area.
The first event of the season is a four-player scramble event at beautiful Klein Creek in west suburban Winfield. The official start of the “Chicago Cup” season takes place on Saturday, May 11th at Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago. “We are excited to return to Prairie Landing, it’s a great course and facility. We are starting a couple of weeks later this season, in an attempt to secure some better weather” said Tour director Rob Maguire. “The last couple of seasons we have endured some difficult conditions, you never know what Chicago weather will bring, so we felt it was necessary to move the season back a couple of weeks.”
The second event of the Chicago Golfweek Amateur Tour takes place at the challenging Robert Trent Jones Jr design, Thunderhawk Golf Club on June 1st. This event will be a Chicago-Milwaukee Crossover event: welcoming players from both the Chicago and Milwaukee Golfweek Amateur Tours to Beack Park, IL.
The season will then travel south and head to Lemont, IL to Cog Hill Golf Club on June 15th and will play the respected Ravines #2 course. The season’s first major tournament of the year, The Chicago Open, returns the Tour to Elgin, IL where members will play two of top 5 rated courses in the state. Bowes Creek CC and the Highlands of Elgin will host the Chicago Open for the 2nd consecutive season on June 29th and 30th.
After the two day major event, Chicago members will again head to the south side and will be greeted by one of the oldest and most respected clubs in the state: Ravisloe Country Club on July 13th. Ravisloe is the only Donald Ross designed golf course open to public play in the Chicagoland area. Ross has more courses ranked in Golfweek’s best Classic 100 courses than any other golf course architect.
The next tour stop will be Arthur Hills’s masterpiece, Stonewall Orchard Golf Club on July 27th. This exceptionally challenging track in northwest suburban Grayslake will provide a tough test for Golfweek Amateur Tour competitors.
Harborside International will host the 2nd major of the season, the Chicago Classic on August 10th. Harborside’s two courses were rated in Golfweek’s 2012 Best Courses you can Play. Starboard #10 and Port #15 were both selected, making Harborside the only course in Illinois with multiple listings.
The final three events of the season will bring some new challenges to the tour as all are new additions to the tournament series. On August 24th players will head northwest to Foxford Hills Golf Club in Cary, IL. Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo, IL will host the Tour on September 7th. Blackstone features over 26 acres of environmentally protected wetlands members will be treated to this classic design that will be a fair and fun challenge.
The Chicago Championship will end the season at the redesigned Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. Mistwood is one of Chicagoland’s premier public golf courses and features a 65 acre lake, split fairways, terraced tees and five fantastic finishing holes.
Once the Chicago Championship golfers are crowned, the season will conclude with The Tour Championship in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina from October 18th – 20th. This 54-hole tournament culminates the season and welcomes the top qualifiers from around the country. Over 700 golfers from 48 tour cities participated in 2012, with over $15,000 in prizes being awarded.
The Golfweek Amateur Tour is open to all amateur golfers of all ages and abilities. Visit the Chicago Golfweek Amateur Tour website or contact Tour Director, Rob Maguire at 630-886-3442 to learn more.