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The future is bright for Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion

  Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion, Ill., has seen its share of ups and downs over the past 25 years. The Steve Smyers design has seen multiple changes in ownership since its founding, including a group that included Smyers himself. The most recent owners are Rodney Cabaness and Shad Zimbro, local businessmen who have been […]

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The General rules over The North and The South at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa

The General at Eagle Ridge Resort is the centerpiece of the Eagle Ridge Resort. The 6,820-yard Roger Packard and Andy North design is the newest of the four golf courses at the sprawling four-season resort just outside the historic town of Galena, and it’s the track that guests plan their golf vacations around. The resort’s […]

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Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa: The original Illinois golf resort

In the early to mid-1800s, Galena, Ill., was the most prosperous and important city in “the West” – much more so than a quiet lakeshore trading post 170 miles to the east named Chicago. Galena was a bustling riverboat and lead mining city, with 14,000 inhabitants, famous for its related, often scandalous, industries: alcohol (Red […]

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Fyre Lake Golf Course looks to the future

Sometimes the best ideas take a while to come to fruition. Worse yet, sometimes those “can’t-miss” plans sink faster than a chunked ProV in a greenside pond. Fyre Lake Golf Course in Sherrard, Ill. (20 minutes outside Moline in the Quad Cities), is a very good idea that has flared and flickered and nearly gone […]

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TPC Deere Run in Silvis Brings Tour Dreams to Life

TPC stands for “Tournament Players Club.” The TPC network spans North America, and includes some courses in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. Over half of them are private, many more are exclusive resort courses, and a handful have hosted PGA Tour events. TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois (just across the river from Bettendorf, […]

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Mistwood Golf Club: Romance with golf in Romeoville

“O Romeoville, Romeoville, where the hell art thou Romeoville?” That’s how I tried to identify a route to Mistwood Golf Club on my phone. Siri, however, just got confused. “Artificial intelligence,” my ass. Anyway, once I got the directions sorted, I headed north to an area I perhaps unfairly associate with over-crowded, expensive courses with a pace of […]

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Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Mahomet

Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Mahomet, Illinois, is a challenging and fun Robert Bruce Harris layout with family-friendly facilities, including a sporty par-3 course. http://www.golfthelake.com   East central Illinois is flat. The best sledding hill in nearby Champaign is the speed-bump in the Wal-Mart parking lot. So you can imagine what the golf courses […]

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