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  • rforman13rforman13 Members  103WRX Points: 63Posts: 103 Fairways
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    NickC1987 wrote:


    Hi Everyone - First post for me. I'm 30yrs old and live in River North. I'm looking to join somewhere within a reasonable drive (45 minutes-ish) and I'm inclined to check out Beverly first. Anyone have any advice/in's there? I believe you need to be invited by a member. Thanks a bunch.




    You should take a look at Midlothian. Less than 25 mins in light traffic from RN. Great historic course. I'd be happy to help set up a prospective member round to see the course. Great deal for under 40.
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  • NickC1987NickC1987 Members  3WRX Points: 10Handicap: 2.8Posts: 3 Starters
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    Thanks everyone for the feedback. One follow up, does anyone have any thoughts on Edgewood Valley Country Club in La Grange?
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  • herbistankherbistank Members  1WRX Points: 0Handicap: 4.4Posts: 1
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    Personally, I think the south side courses are too far from the Gold Coast. I would definitely look into Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. It's an old Donald Ross design with incredible greens. It also has tennis courts, a pool, paddle courts and a new paddle hutt. The clubhouse is spectacular as well. It's as nice a club that I've been too.




    Exmoor is great, but I think non-tribe is frowned upon, if that's an issue for Martin. I could be wrong, and maybe I'm thinking of northmoor...but I freaking loved exmoor. If that's an option, it's a good one.



    Westmoreland is also awesome.






    Exmoor is not a Jewish club. You are right that its Northmoor you are thinking of. That said, I'm not a member but I love Exmoor. If it was a little closer to my house I would join in a second. If you want Skeet shooting in the winter plus a solid golf course I recommend checking out Sunset Ridge in Northfield.
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    jshel wrote:


    For guys who live in the city and are willing to drive south, there are good options. Olympia Fields, Beverly and Flossmoor are the best golf courses, but there are deals other places.



    I get to Chicago on a regular basis for work and family and joined Olympia as a national member. It's really good. Was at The Bev last week and I really love that place. I have only played Flossmoor once and the golf is really good.




    Considering joining as a national member as well. How do you like it? Do you ever use the overnight rooms?
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  • Matt_BucketMatt_Bucket Members  9WRX Points: 0Handicap: 2.9Posts: 9
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    NickC1987 wrote:


    Hi Everyone - First post for me. I'm 30yrs old and live in River North. I'm looking to join somewhere within a reasonable drive (45 minutes-ish) and I'm inclined to check out Beverly first. Anyone have any advice/in's there? I believe you need to be invited by a member. Thanks a bunch.




    a friend of mine joined Ridge and I played out there with him before the end of the year this fall. Super fun old school track, members were awesome. condition was good.



    itasca is also solid track now that the water issue is generally resolved thanks to the oak meadows renovations. < 2 min from my home, its off itasca train stop as well lots of city members train in and back. value wise tough to beat
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  • geochitowngeochitown Members  2137WRX Points: 299Handicap: 14Posts: 2,137 Platinum Tees
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    Have you looked at river forest cc?



    Close to oak meadows
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  • JerryamanningJerryamanning Members  6WRX Points: 5Handicap: 10Posts: 6 Bunkers
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    Hi There,



    For those looking for a private club close to downtown, check out Riverside Golf Club. It’s 10 miles west of the loop and just completed renovations to the course, pool, and clubhouse. PM me if you would like more details.


    archscot wrote:


    BUMP!!



    Moved to Chicago last September got settled and now looking for a club.

    Live in the nw part of the city and have read the forum...sounds like a few good clubs in the south.

    But just google mapped Flossmoor and Idlewild and its over an hour.

    Don't mind a drive but would prefer shorter than an hour.

    What about any good courses/deals west or north?

    Not a junior so can't get those deals and really don't want to drop $100k.

    Appreciate any input.
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    NickC1987 wrote:


    Hi Everyone - First post for me. I'm 30yrs old and live in River North. I'm looking to join somewhere within a reasonable drive (45 minutes-ish) and I'm inclined to check out Beverly first. Anyone have any advice/in's there? I believe you need to be invited by a member. Thanks a bunch.




    a friend of mine joined Ridge and I played out there with him before the end of the year this fall. Super fun old school track, members were awesome. condition was good.



    itasca is also solid track now that the water issue is generally resolved thanks to the oak meadows renovations. < 2 min from my home, its off itasca train stop as well lots of city members train in and back. value wise tough to beat










    Anyone have updated pricing on Itasca now that it’s under new ownership?
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  • CRDuffy21CRDuffy21 Members  16WRX Points: 38Handicap: 3Posts: 16 Bunkers
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    NickC1987 wrote:


    Thanks everyone for the feedback. One follow up, does anyone have any thoughts on Edgewood Valley Country Club in La Grange?




    What would you like to know about it? You can PM me if you'd like, or feel free to ask away. Happy to help!
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  • BG5BG5 Members  1163WRX Points: 127Posts: 1,163 Platinum Tees
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    Hi Guys,



    Wanted some info on Lost Dunes and Dunes Club. I know they are a ways out of city but want to get personal opinions on each course and the atmosphere at both places. If anyone has some info feel free to share or PM me.



    Thanks
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    BG5 wrote:


    Hi Guys,



    Wanted some info on Lost Dunes and Dunes Club. I know they are a ways out of city but want to get personal opinions on each course and the atmosphere at both places. If anyone has some info feel free to share or PM me.



    Thanks


    Lost Dunes was awesome. Great course and a cool atmosphere. We stayed overnight in one of the cabins which was a cool experience.
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  • tjl1292tjl1292 Members  4WRX Points: 0Posts: 4
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    Do any of the clubs offer summer memberships like the NYC clubs do?



    TL
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    BG5 wrote:


    Hi Guys,



    Wanted some info on Lost Dunes and Dunes Club. I know they are a ways out of city but want to get personal opinions on each course and the atmosphere at both places. If anyone has some info feel free to share or PM me.



    Thanks




    Lost Dunes is pretty awesome and not a bad drive from the city. Also, they have a heli pad set up in front of the clubhouse for trips from the city haha.
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    Seems like this thread keeps chugging even with the delays so I'll bump it again..



    30s living in Wicker Park considering a club. Find myself playing Indian Boundry, Meadows Blue Island, and Harborside more than I care to admit - but they're so close.



    Ridge, Beverly, Riverside, Oak Park, Ridgemoor, Bryn Mawr, Heron Creek look to be the best options based on proximity.



    Anyone have details on fees and dues or the scene at these places? It would be great to find a crowd in a similar demographic. I passed on expensive (~$10k+) memberships a couple years back and I'd prefer to stay on the lower end of initiation and dues. A pool and gym would be ideal, but realize that may only come at the higher buy in.



    Thanks for any help!
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  • Cubsfan44Cubsfan44 Members  2WRX Points: 25Posts: 2 Starters
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    I would include Flossmoor CC. Hghly rated course with a solid contingent of young members from the city.



    PM if you'd like more details
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  • ShrinerShriner Members  170WRX Points: 83Posts: 170 Fairways
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    Played Flossmoor last year as a guest. I could play that course everyday and not get tired of it. Gorgeous course with a unique clubhouse.
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  • Soxfan21Soxfan21 Chicago South SuburbsMembers  296WRX Points: 47Handicap: 4.5Posts: 296 Greens
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    I’d also include Idlewild and Calumet CC. If you want info on Idlewild, let me know.
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    Seems like this thread keeps chugging even with the delays so I'll bump it again..



    30s living in Wicker Park considering a club. Find myself playing Indian Boundry, Meadows Blue Island, and Harborside more than I care to admit - but they're so close.



    Ridge, Beverly, Riverside, Oak Park, Ridgemoor, Bryn Mawr, Heron Creek look to be the best options based on proximity.



    Anyone have details on fees and dues or the scene at these places? It would be great to find a crowd in a similar demographic. I passed on expensive (~$10k+) memberships a couple years back and I'd prefer to stay on the lower end of initiation and dues. A pool and gym would be ideal, but realize that may only come at the higher buy in.



    Thanks for any help!
    It is a lot about what you are looking for out of a course. Beverly is a solid golf club. they took out the pool, ridge doesn't have a driving range. North courses will require a larger initiation fee than south side courses. If you are looking under a 10k initiation fee Beverly, Riverside, Ridgemoor, and Bryn Mawr would probably be out. As people mentioned earlier if you are willing to drive a few more miles south the prices drop.
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    Shradersr wrote:



    Seems like this thread keeps chugging even with the delays so I'll bump it again..



    30s living in Wicker Park considering a club. Find myself playing Indian Boundry, Meadows Blue Island, and Harborside more than I care to admit - but they're so close.



    Ridge, Beverly, Riverside, Oak Park, Ridgemoor, Bryn Mawr, Heron Creek look to be the best options based on proximity.



    Anyone have details on fees and dues or the scene at these places? It would be great to find a crowd in a similar demographic. I passed on expensive (~$10k+) memberships a couple years back and I'd prefer to stay on the lower end of initiation and dues. A pool and gym would be ideal, but realize that may only come at the higher buy in.



    Thanks for any help!
    It is a lot about what you are looking for out of a course. Beverly is a solid golf club. they took out the pool, ridge doesn't have a driving range. North courses will require a larger initiation fee than south side courses. If you are looking under a 10k initiation fee Beverly, Riverside, Ridgemoor, and Bryn Mawr would probably be out. As people mentioned earlier if you are willing to drive a few more miles south the prices drop.




    Anyone have fee info on Oak Park? We just moved to the area and were considering that and Riverside. PM if necessary.
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  • matt70286matt70286 Members  389WRX Points: 97Handicap: 3Posts: 389 Greens
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    I looked into Ridgemoor but felt it was a bit steep for the under 40 Associate membership (no discounts on initiation), especially considering a lot of the South suburb clubs were offering very accommodative initiation fee packages, Flossmoor had a deal that was tough to beat given the quality of the course and greens. I hear Olympia Fields is also offering a decent package for new members. Not sure what’s going on with Calumet but heard rumors it was being bought by either Fedex or Amazon (could be unfounded but he rumor mill is always interesting).
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    Shriner wrote:


    Played Flossmoor last year as a guest. I could play that course everyday and not get tired of it. Gorgeous course with a unique clubhouse.




    Shocked more 40 and under aren't members. Could easily see it in my top 5 in Chicago and I prefer it to Old Elm. A friend of mine was an Olympia member and the day he played Floss, he quit OF and joined Flossmoor.
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    TadWPJ wrote:
    Shriner wrote:


    Played Flossmoor last year as a guest. I could play that course everyday and not get tired of it. Gorgeous course with a unique clubhouse.




    Shocked more 40 and under aren't members. Could easily see it in my top 5 in Chicago and I prefer it to Old Elm. A friend of mine was an Olympia member and the day he played Floss, he quit OF and joined Flossmoor.




    Really? Perhaps he didn’t quit Olympia fields but simply joined another private?



    Hard to see giving up the initiation at OF which I don’t think is refundable.
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    Schley wrote:

    TadWPJ wrote:
    Shriner wrote:


    Played Flossmoor last year as a guest. I could play that course everyday and not get tired of it. Gorgeous course with a unique clubhouse.




    Shocked more 40 and under aren't members. Could easily see it in my top 5 in Chicago and I prefer it to Old Elm. A friend of mine was an Olympia member and the day he played Floss, he quit OF and joined Flossmoor.




    Really? Perhaps he didn’t quit Olympia fields but simply joined another private?



    Hard to see giving up the initiation at OF which I don’t think is refundable.




    Nope, he did quit and joined that day. I'm sure the initiation was much lower 5 years ago or next to nothing for under 40. I'm curious if those steel tariffs are going to revive the South side clubs.
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    Do any clubs have gyms or fitness centers aside from tennis and pool facilities? This seems like a no brainer but apparently not on anyone’s radar.
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    Ridge has a small fitness room. No brainier is all relative. The more amenities the higher the $$ amount.
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  • krzeczowskimattkrzeczowskimatt Members  107WRX Points: 0Handicap: 6Posts: 107
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    Crystal Tree has a great pool, gym and tennis courts. It is a little farther out from the city than Ridge, but in my opinion has much better facilities including a driving range. I grew up on Ridge as a kid it is a great track but not having a driving range stinks!
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    Anyone have any info on La Grange Country Club? My wife & I just moved to the area and I'm intrigued due to the close proximity to our house.
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    Crystal Tree has a great pool, gym and tennis courts. It is a little farther out from the city than Ridge, but in my opinion has much better facilities including a driving range. I grew up on Ridge as a kid it is a great track but not having a driving range stinks!
    I'm a social member at Crystal Tree and I have to agree except for the gym. The gym is fine but nothing special. The pool is top notch though. We are there multiple times per week. It is great for young families. You can stand in the pool with a drink and socialize while the kiddos swim. Can't beat that IMO.
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  • The-HawkThe-Hawk Members  5WRX Points: 45Posts: 5 Bunkers
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    Does anyone have any info on Itasca CC? I’ve heard it’s a pretty solid value for the track. My options of clubs close in proximity are Itasca and Medinah. I’ve played Medinah enough to know when you want to get out for a quick 18 it’s impossible to do so. Also open to other suggestions that aren’t too far away. If distance wasn’t an issue I’d join Black Sheep as they have a killer deal right now.



    Thanks!
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