As the Chicago Cubs enter their fourth year under the turnaround efforts of the Ricketts’ regime, one of the Ricketts family members is helping with another reclamation project on the North Shore. According to a Chicagobusiness.com report, Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts is working with neighbors to help bring the Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course back to life.
Todd Ricketts joined a group to take over the nonprofit association that has run the golf course. The golf course had fallen into disrepair and was running a deficit financially.
Originally called the Evanston Community Golf Club, civic leader Peter N. Jans helped organize the idea for the course in 1916. Jans wanted a golf course that north suburban caddies and Evanston residents could have affordable access to. The course eventually became known as Peter Jans Golf Course in his honor.
In the 1970s actors Joel and Bill Murray worked at the course. Bill and older brother Brian Doyle-Murray would go on to produce the legendary golf movie Caddyshack. The Murray brothers also chair an annual charity golf outing in Florida in March. The brothers used their teenage years when all worked as caddies and in several other golf-related jobs for inspiration to help create the The Murray Brothers Caddyshack Restaurant in World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, just south of Jacksonville. The World Golf Village is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course is now managed by the volunteer Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association. The group is looking to help successfully manage and preserve the facility.
The Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course is an 18-hole, 3,904 yard, par 60 course that is playable for all skill levels. Known locally as “Canal Shores”, the golf course features narrow, tree-lined fairways and two holes that require a carry over water.
According to the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association website, the reconstituted Board of Directors is undertaking the task of upgrading the greens and continuing in the proud tradition of keeping the space open and free from development. To help support the cause, you can visit the course or make a donation online.
Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course
1030 Central St