Looking to Join a Chicago Club as an Out-of-Town Member

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Any suggestions? My daughter (who plays golf) is locating to Chicago after her college graduation next month. I am looking to join a Chicago CC if they have a decent out-of-town membership. I am currently a member at two private clubs in SF.

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  • stasekstasek  893WRX Points: 141Handicap: 4.xMembers Posts: 893 Golden Tee
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    Can’t help you with decent out-of-town membership, but did you ask at your clubs if they have any reciprocal agreements with any of Chicago courses?

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    I think the answer has to be Olympia? I know they have a national membership and I don't think it is too expensive. Having two courses should be nice for your out of town schedule and lower the chance of getting blocked out of your course by an event.

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    You can PM me, but I had this decision a couple years ago. First I would consider where your daughter lives as Chicago traffic can be pretty bad during rush hours and getting from A to B isn't quick. Also are you willing to take the train? If your daughter is northside and you aren't willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields isn't your best option. If she isn't northside or you are willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields is your best option. Beverly has an attractive program as well, but they are closing Aug. 1st for a renovation until sometime next summer.

    Other ideas are Medinah although pretty expensive for what you get as they limit you to 12 rounds a year. If your daughter is west then I'd look at Black Sheep as they have 27 holes and a pretty reasonable program.

    Northside places I would have joined if closer to where my extended family are Merit Club and I can't remember Bob O'Link deal off the top of my head.
    In short OFCC is a very good spot for out of town membership unless you are northside. PM if you want to discuss any of the above.

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    OFCC will be closing for an extensive renovation soon also.

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    On -, @FairwayFred said:

    OFCC will be closing for an extensive renovation soon also.

    Has to be voted on, and if so it will only be the South and not until fall 2020 after the BMW.

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    OFCC will be closing for an extensive renovation soon also. >

    On -, @Schley said:

    On -, @FairwayFred said:

    OFCC will be closing for an extensive renovation soon also.

    Has to be voted on, and if so it will only be the South and not until fall 2020 after the BMW.

    Fall 2020 is pretty soon for someone just considering joining. Also I could be wrong but I was told both courses getting done by someone who would definitely know. I'm sure they won't close both courses at the same time. They hit a home run w the hiring of Andy Staples imo. Should be a major improvement when he is done.

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    On -, @FairwayFred said:

    OFCC will be closing for an extensive renovation soon also. >
    On -, @Schley said:

    On -, @FairwayFred said:

    OFCC will be closing for an extensive renovation soon also.

    Has to be voted on, and if so it will only be the South and not until fall 2020 after the BMW.

    Fall 2020 is pretty soon for someone just considering joining. Also I could be wrong but I was told both courses getting done by someone who would definitely know. I'm sure they won't close both courses at the same time. They hit a home run w the hiring of Andy Staples imo. Should be a major improvement when he is done.

    Don't disagree as having 36 is great, but such is trying keep your course up to scratch with expectations. Andy Staples will do a phenomenal job I'm sure.
    North could have work done after South, not sure how they will package the proposal to vote by membership as to including the North with the South, but South is certainly first.
    Beverly should be looking very good next summer after their renovation.

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    You could also consider Lost Dunes in SW Michigan. Amazing course and facility.

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    Quite a few SW Michigan courses would be good options

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    Like Schley, I’m a national at Olympia Fields. Happy to answer any questions.

    It’s a good spot. Having two courses is great because other than the weekend of the big member-guest, you can always know that you’re going to be able to play somewhere.

    Seems almost certain that there will be some work done to the South. From there we will see on the North. Can’t imagine a scenario in which both will be closed. Will there be some disruption? Sure, but the place isn’t that jammed, so I don’t anticipate major issues.

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    Flossmoor is an awesome club and they're looking for members. Would rank it in the top 10 courses in the Chicago area.

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    On -, @DavePelz4 said:

    Flossmoor is an awesome club and they're looking for members. Would rank it in the top 10 courses in the Chicago area.

    I like Flossmoor for sure and a shame they are struggling. I don't know their offers now, but I'm sure it is very reasonable as last year they were hurting for members. If you put the course on the northside it would thrive.

    Curious Dave what is your Chicago area top 10?

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    On -, @Schley said:

    On -, @DavePelz4 said:

    Flossmoor is an awesome club and they're looking for members. Would rank it in the top 10 courses in the Chicago area.

    I like Flossmoor for sure and a shame they are struggling. I don't know their offers now, but I'm sure it is very reasonable as last year they were hurting for members. If you put the course on the northside it would thrive.

    Curious Dave what is your Chicago area top 10?

    We're blessed with so many great courses in our area. Top 10 is a tough list but here goes...in no particular order and within an hour's drive.
    1. Chicago Golf Club
    2. Medinah #3
    3. Bowes
    4. Blackstone
    5. Highlands of Elgin
    6. Cantigny
    7. Prairie View
    8. Oak Grove - (stretched the hour a bit)
    9. Olympia Fields South
    10. Mistwood

    Tough to leave out so many great courses but the list could probably get to 20 rather easily.

    I know you've played a lot here...care to share yours?

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    CDGA has some offers to play FLossmoor on selected dates for $100 per player
    Support Flossmoor, and get to experience a great course at the same time.
    Fantastic greens, and a great renovation done by Ray Hearn years back

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    On -, @DavePelz4 said:

    On -, @Schley said:

    On -, @DavePelz4 said:

    Flossmoor is an awesome club and they're looking for members. Would rank it in the top 10 courses in the Chicago area.

    I like Flossmoor for sure and a shame they are struggling. I don't know their offers now, but I'm sure it is very reasonable as last year they were hurting for members. If you put the course on the northside it would thrive.

    Curious Dave what is your Chicago area top 10?

    We're blessed with so many great courses in our area. Top 10 is a tough list but here goes...in no particular order and within an hour's drive.
    1. Chicago Golf Club
    2. Medinah #3
    3. Bowes
    4. Blackstone
    5. Highlands of Elgin
    6. Cantigny
    7. Prairie View
    8. Oak Grove - (stretched the hour a bit)
    9. Olympia Fields South
    10. Mistwood

    Tough to leave out so many great courses but the list could probably get to 20 rather easily.

    I know you've played a lot here...care to share yours?

    Dave impressive list and what a diamond in the the rough with Bowes Creek. I never played but a friend who lives in Wayne likes it. My humble 10 could easily be 20 as you said.
    1. Chicago Golf Club - one of my top 5 in the world I have played and sentimental for I'm a Chicago guy.
    2. Shoreacres - great Raynor layout that is not long, but very old school with rolling terrain and charming clubhouse.
    3. Medinah #3 - Just a brute of a course where you need to be long off the tee AND straight with so many trees. Don't like the repetitive par 3's over water.
    4. Butler National - Alot of water, all male of course, was long when I played there before prov1's and probably still today.
    5. Olympia Fields North - Just a classic course with an underrated set of greens, they will remove more trees which sill put this into my top 3 perhaps.
    6. Mistwood - Been redone a couple times now and this most recent one they can stay with, routed along the lake, but facility is very nice now.
    7. Kankakee Elks - Needs some renovation work yes, but a nice Langford & Moreau layout that if you had 5 million bucks it could be a top 10 course in the state for sure and perhaps higher.
    8. Conway Farms - A Fazio with some pretentiousness perhaps for the area, but a good links as it isn't plagued with the overly treed look so many have.
    9. Beverly CC - They are going to renovate August 1st and really looking forward to this renovation, should be the best it has ever been!
    10. Cantigny - Solid public that is 27 holes and good greens, but again needs some trees cut down.
    I have to put in Olympia Fields South here as it is probably more fun than the North as it is shorter with some short par 4's and will be the first to be renovated to remove some trees, which is sorely needed.
    I grew up a muni golfer in Joliet at Innwood where my dad worked, but Chicago has above average private clubs and they really are a step above most everything else.

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    On -, @Schley said:

    You can PM me, but I had this decision a couple years ago. First I would consider where your daughter lives as Chicago traffic can be pretty bad during rush hours and getting from A to B isn't quick. Also are you willing to take the train? If your daughter is northside and you aren't willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields isn't your best option. If she isn't northside or you are willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields is your best option. Beverly has an attractive program as well, but they are closing Aug. 1st for a renovation until sometime next summer.

    Other ideas are Medinah although pretty expensive for what you get as they limit you to 12 rounds a year. If your daughter is west then I'd look at Black Sheep as they have 27 holes and a pretty reasonable program.

    Northside places I would have joined if closer to where my extended family are Merit Club and I can't remember Bob O'Link deal off the top of my head.
    In short OFCC is a very good spot for out of town membership unless you are northside. PM if you want to discuss any of the above.

    Medinah - 12 rounds a year or 12 visits? can you bring guests?

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    i'd reach out to these guys too, it's an outpost esque outfit w/ midwest/chicago roots. may work out / be cost efficient for you - www.newclub.golf

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    On -, @CMCSGolf said:

    I think the answer has to be Olympia? I know they have a national membership and I don't think it is too expensive. Having two courses should be nice for your out of town schedule and lower the chance of getting blocked out of your course by an event.

    I've always wondered but never asked after seeing out-of-town memberships being mentioned as "not too expensive" a few times now in reference to some top-notch courses. Do you know a ballpark of what an out-of-town membership costs at a place like Olympia Fields?

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    On -, @monty09 said:

    On -, @Schley said:

    You can PM me, but I had this decision a couple years ago. First I would consider where your daughter lives as Chicago traffic can be pretty bad during rush hours and getting from A to B isn't quick. Also are you willing to take the train? If your daughter is northside and you aren't willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields isn't your best option. If she isn't northside or you are willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields is your best option. Beverly has an attractive program as well, but they are closing Aug. 1st for a renovation until sometime next summer.

    Other ideas are Medinah although pretty expensive for what you get as they limit you to 12 rounds a year. If your daughter is west then I'd look at Black Sheep as they have 27 holes and a pretty reasonable program.

    Northside places I would have joined if closer to where my extended family are Merit Club and I can't remember Bob O'Link deal off the top of my head.
    In short OFCC is a very good spot for out of town membership unless you are northside. PM if you want to discuss any of the above.

    Medinah - 12 rounds a year or 12 visits? can you bring guests?

    Yes you can bring guests.

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    On -, @Schley said:

    On -, @monty09 said:

    On -, @Schley said:

    You can PM me, but I had this decision a couple years ago. First I would consider where your daughter lives as Chicago traffic can be pretty bad during rush hours and getting from A to B isn't quick. Also are you willing to take the train? If your daughter is northside and you aren't willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields isn't your best option. If she isn't northside or you are willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields is your best option. Beverly has an attractive program as well, but they are closing Aug. 1st for a renovation until sometime next summer.

    Other ideas are Medinah although pretty expensive for what you get as they limit you to 12 rounds a year. If your daughter is west then I'd look at Black Sheep as they have 27 holes and a pretty reasonable program.

    Northside places I would have joined if closer to where my extended family are Merit Club and I can't remember Bob O'Link deal off the top of my head.
    In short OFCC is a very good spot for out of town membership unless you are northside. PM if you want to discuss any of the above.

    Medinah - 12 rounds a year or 12 visits? can you bring guests?

    Yes you can bring guests.

    Thank you for the quick reply. Great news!!!!

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    On -, @monty09 said:

    On -, @Schley said:

    You can PM me, but I had this decision a couple years ago. First I would consider where your daughter lives as Chicago traffic can be pretty bad during rush hours and getting from A to B isn't quick. Also are you willing to take the train? If your daughter is northside and you aren't willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields isn't your best option. If she isn't northside or you are willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields is your best option. Beverly has an attractive program as well, but they are closing Aug. 1st for a renovation until sometime next summer.

    Other ideas are Medinah although pretty expensive for what you get as they limit you to 12 rounds a year. If your daughter is west then I'd look at Black Sheep as they have 27 holes and a pretty reasonable program.

    Northside places I would have joined if closer to where my extended family are Merit Club and I can't remember Bob O'Link deal off the top of my head.
    In short OFCC is a very good spot for out of town membership unless you are northside. PM if you want to discuss any of the above.

    Medinah - 12 rounds a year or 12 visits? can you bring guests?

    It's 12 rounds. Remember they have 3 courses there and popular after the Tom Doak renovation to #1. Gotta spread the wealth there, other than weekend mornings on 1/3 it is pretty wide open IME.

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    Flossmoor solid track and great people.

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    On -, @Schley said:

    On -, @monty09 said:

    On -, @Schley said:

    You can PM me, but I had this decision a couple years ago. First I would consider where your daughter lives as Chicago traffic can be pretty bad during rush hours and getting from A to B isn't quick. Also are you willing to take the train? If your daughter is northside and you aren't willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields isn't your best option. If she isn't northside or you are willing to take the train, then Olympia Fields is your best option. Beverly has an attractive program as well, but they are closing Aug. 1st for a renovation until sometime next summer.

    Other ideas are Medinah although pretty expensive for what you get as they limit you to 12 rounds a year. If your daughter is west then I'd look at Black Sheep as they have 27 holes and a pretty reasonable program.

    Northside places I would have joined if closer to where my extended family are Merit Club and I can't remember Bob O'Link deal off the top of my head.
    In short OFCC is a very good spot for out of town membership unless you are northside. PM if you want to discuss any of the above.

    Medinah - 12 rounds a year or 12 visits? can you bring guests?

    It's 12 rounds. Remember they have 3 courses there and popular after the Tom Doak renovation to #1. Gotta spread the wealth there, other than weekend mornings on 1/3 it is pretty wide open IME.

    so 3 foursomes?

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    Can’t beat the value at Black Sheep. No limit on visits. Laidback group of guys with 27 holes. NEVER busy. Easily walk a round in 3.5 hours and less in a cart. Feel free to msg me with any questions.

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    On -, @adschus said:

    Can’t beat the value at Black Sheep. No limit on visits. Laidback group of guys with 27 holes. NEVER busy. Easily walk a round in 3.5 hours and less in a cart. Feel free to msg me with any questions.

    Black Sheep is solid. When I checked with them a couple years ago they said they limit out of town members to 5 days playing in any 30 day period, which is what drove me away for I come in 1/2 a year at most for a month total.

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    All male nature of Black Sheep likely isn't ideal for the situation OP outlined. From original post, I suspect he wants to play golf with his daughter...

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    On -, @jshel said:

    Like Schley, I’m a national at Olympia Fields. Happy to answer any questions.

    It’s a good spot. Having two courses is great because other than the weekend of the big member-guest, you can always know that you’re going to be able to play somewhere.

    Seems almost certain that there will be some work done to the South. From there we will see on the North. Can’t imagine a scenario in which both will be closed. Will there be some disruption? Sure, but the place isn’t that jammed, so I don’t anticipate major issues.

    I'm sure both will not be closed at the same time however I expect both courses to be redone albeit one at a time.

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