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  • adschusadschus Members  291WRX Points: 43Handicap: 10Posts: 291 Greens
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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!




    Black sheep is such a good deal since no one lives in Sugar Grove. Honestly though, it’s a super good deal. Their younger membership is as cheap as can be and you get a top 100 course
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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers  1428WRX Points: 260Handicap: 12.3Posts: 1,428 Platinum Tees
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    The-Hawk wrote:


    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!


    You are taking about apples and oranges of Itasca vs. Medinah. Also if you are talking about course #3 at Medinah yes that is busy, but they have two other solid courses there, especially course #1 renovated by Tom Doak.
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  • The-HawkThe-Hawk Members  5WRX Points: 45Posts: 5 Bunkers
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    Schley wrote:

    The-Hawk wrote:


    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!


    You are taking about apples and oranges of Itasca vs. Medinah. Also if you are talking about course #3 at Medinah yes that is busy, but they have two other solid courses there, especially course #1 renovated by Tom Doak.




    Yup I'm fully aware it's apple and oranges. I've played all 3 courses multiple times and utilize my friends who are members when I want to play there. I actually played #1 the first week it opened and really liked the renovation.



    I guess as a small club where I can hop on whenever I like how does Itasca rate? I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of a large club like Medinah and a small club like Itasca or comparable clubs in the area. I'm more inclined to the small club seeing as I have friends who are members who let me come out whenever I get the itch.
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  • JerryamanningJerryamanning Members  6WRX Points: 5Handicap: 10Posts: 6 Bunkers
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    Hi Guys. Anyone looking for a club close to the city should check out Riverside. It’s 20 min west of the loop. They are doing a fall preview membership for full golf members (age 36 & up). You pay $2k and you are in with no other dues or fees for August, September, and October. If you like it and decide to stay, you pay the difference on the down stroke by 11/1 and you are in as a full member with no dues until 3/1/19. Great way to try a beautiful private club with no commitment. There is a version of the deal for younger guys as well. Check out this link for the details and PM me if you want to set up time to tour the club.



    https://www.dropbox.com/s/dj0kcniwogzvpdz/Preview membership 2018.pdf?dl=0



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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers  1428WRX Points: 260Handicap: 12.3Posts: 1,428 Platinum Tees
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    Well good question as I haven't played Itasca in quite some time. If you can get on Itasca anytime you want then why join? Use your money to get join medinah IMO. Although I would assume it is significantly more money. Medinah is a wonderful club and would be curious if it is really all that busy as all three courses are worthy of it's good reviews.



    Talk to your member buddies, but I know a few and they say outside of Saturday mornings it is pretty open.



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  • The-HawkThe-Hawk Members  5WRX Points: 45Posts: 5 Bunkers
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    Schley wrote:


    Well good question as I haven't played Itasca in quite some time. If you can get on Itasca anytime you want then why join? Use your money to get join medinah IMO. Although I would assume it is significantly more money. Medinah is a wonderful club and would be curious if it is really all that busy as all three courses are worthy of it's good reviews.



    Talk to your member buddies, but I know a few and they say outside of Saturday mornings it is pretty open.
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  • The-HawkThe-Hawk Members  5WRX Points: 45Posts: 5 Bunkers
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    Flip it. I can play Medinah whenever I want thanks to my buddies. I’ve heard Itasca is a good club in the area, but just trying to hear from others if Itasca is worth joining. I’m not looking to drive more than 15 minutes to get to the club is why my options are limited between those two.
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  • jmudojmudo Members  94WRX Points: 21Handicap: 8.5Posts: 94 Fairways
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    From what I recall Itasca doesnt have a range. So consider that if you want to get in a quick practice session. Also there was some thing where the grill was open to the public. I guess you can go to Links & Tees if you want.



    Have you looked at River Forest or Glen Oak?
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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers  1428WRX Points: 260Handicap: 12.3Posts: 1,428 Platinum Tees
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    The-Hawk wrote:


    Flip it. I can play Medinah whenever I want thanks to my buddies. I’ve heard Itasca is a good club in the area, but just trying to hear from others if Itasca is worth joining. I’m not looking to drive more than 15 minutes to get to the club is why my options are limited between those two.




    Location is key to any decision and you’re right to prioritize this in your decision. I don’t know Itasca enough to comment. What are the particulars for membership offers at Itasca right now?
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  • GreenontwoGreenontwo Members  12WRX Points: 0Posts: 12
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    This has to be the first time somebody has decided between Itasca and Medinah in the history of Chicago membership decisions.
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  • ShrinerShriner Members  170WRX Points: 83Posts: 170 Fairways
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    Guys, Itasca has been full for awhile now. No new members and there is a waiting list so you can scratch that off your list. Back to Medinah I guess image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' /> Outside of Itasca and Medinah, there are not any other clubs in the near vicinity.
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  • ShrinerShriner Members  170WRX Points: 83Posts: 170 Fairways
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    Also, I payed Medinah last year and they were also at full membership (per the member), although this could have changed in the last year.



    Couple of notes since I drive by the course every day:



    1. The courses are generally not crowded. Even on the weekends, the groups are sporadic.

    2. When they have professional tournaments, you lose your ability to play course #3 for awhile (Next year is the BMW Championship)

    3. It is one of the most well known clubs in the U.S.; as a result, it is not cheap. I'm assuming you are aware since you know members, but just pointing it out.
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  • geochitowngeochitown Members  2137WRX Points: 298Handicap: 14Posts: 2,137 Platinum Tees
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    I would have thought river forest might be close enough?

    Is it not?
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  • Bob CobbBob Cobb Members  1WRX Points: 0Posts: 1 Starters
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    Does anyone have recent info on the following:



    Knollwood

    Exmoor

    Conway

    Skokie

    North Shore



    We are on northwest side of city, easy access to 94 (and 90). Looking at Ridgemoor too, but wanted to see what the latest is at some of these. E.g. need a sponsor(s) or not, process, junior option, etc.



    Happy to discuss over PM if easier. Thanks.
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  • SpeedKills7SpeedKills7 Members  77WRX Points: 31Handicap: 17Posts: 77 Fairways
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    Argonne69 wrote:


    If you live near downtown or on the north/northwest side, Ridgemoor CC would likely be the closest. I checked into membership last Spring, and if I recall, the initial drop was ~30K payable across three years I believe. Of course, there are the monthly dues and food and beverage minimums.






    Any idea on pricing for members under 30 years old?




    Junior executive(under 35) is still a 50k downstroke but you can spread it out until you hit 35.

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  • psygolfpsygolf Members  1169WRX Points: 120Posts: 1,169 Platinum Tees
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    zer0 wrote:


    Anyone know how much it costs to join Ridgemoor? I live on the northside so the location would be great plus I hear its a really nice course.


    Give Evanston GC (off I-94 in Skokie) some consideration. Same drive time from Northside.
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  • JerryamanningJerryamanning Members  6WRX Points: 5Handicap: 10Posts: 6 Bunkers
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    Hi Guys. For Jr Executives, Riverside is $5k if you are under 31, $10k if you are 32-33, and $15k for ages 34-35. Full membership is $20k and starts at 36. For Jr Executives, you do not have to pay the difference when you turn 36 like you do at most clubs and you pay 1/2 dues until you turn 36. They are also doing a deal this spring where you can try the club until 6/1 with no down stroke. Just pay dues and usage and then you pay the down stroke 6/1 if you like the club and want to stay. Good way to try out the private club experience before you commit upfront cash. Riverside is 8 miles west of the loop, and most of the members are from the city or the near west suburbs. PM me if you would like more info or want to set up a tour.
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  • DrWalterWhiteDrWalterWhite Members  12WRX Points: 22Posts: 12 Bunkers
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    Anyone have current info on Midlothian?

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  • rforman13rforman13 Members  103WRX Points: 63Posts: 103 Fairways
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    On -, @DrWalterWhite said:

    Anyone have current info on Midlothian?

    Can DM me for info. Course is in amazing shape right now. Highly suggest checking it out if you've never played it. Call the shop and they will show you around.

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  • kmbeankmbean Members  1034WRX Points: 169Posts: 1,034 Platinum Tees
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    Any opinions on the Grove CC and Royal Melbourne?

    I’ve spoken with Kemper Lakes as well.

    PM is fine too.

    Thanks everyone.

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