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Welcome to Klein Creek in Winfield.

Written by: Rory Spears

IT HAD been years since I have played the Klein Creek Golf Club in Winfield. I returned yesterday and I’m sure glad I did.

Because so much has changed, the golf course and golf operation is better that I remembered. But the even better news is that more improvements will be announced shortly.

More than just the birds are taking off at Klein Creek.

Klein Creek is under new ownership, and new management, and both are a good thing.

Brian Tulk is currently the clubs general manager, and head golf professional. With Kelly Patronas as the clubs new clubhouse manager, and director of membership sales.

But there is more. Keith Kirsch is the new superintendent, and has done a great job improving the conditioning since arriving from Wilmette Golf Club. Nick Nguyen the new head chef after spending the last 10 years at Medinah Country Club. But as the team comes together, so is the golf club.

Tulk says ownership has made a strong financial commitment towards improvements since taking over, and the punch list is not yet complete. A repaving of the cart paths appear to be next on the list. But the club won’t stop there in getting better, confirms Tulk, who wasn’t quite ready to say what’s all next. But it will be things that golfers should enjoy.

Brian Tulk is Klein Creek’s new general manager.

While the year is winding down for the outdoor golf season. It’s not over yet.

Because coming up is the Twin Peaks Golf Outing, that benefits the Folds of Honor on October 23rd. But this four-man scramble event is close to being sold out. So if you wish to enter your team, sign up quickly.

But the Chili-Open, 2-player team event is two weeks later on November 6th. Call Klein Creek to sign up for one or both events at (630)-690-0101.

The par 3, 8th hole plays 196 yards from the back tees.

In addition to the 19th hole bar and grill in the clubhouse, is the Island Bar outside the clubhouse. The Island Bar over looks the 10th hole, and is a great spot on good weather days.

But other options now open to golfers at Klein Creek are memberships. Five different levels of memberships are now available. In addition are permanent tee times in 2022, that run for 20 weeks from Mid-May to late September.

The par 5, 16th hole, 522 yard from the back tees.

Klein Creek was designed by architect Dick Nugent, and the club opened in 1994.

The course has five sets of tee’s that range from 4,909 yards from the front tee’s. The back tee’s play to a yardage of 6,701 yards.

Now with a large tent next to clubhouse, banquets, parties and special events can be held at the club. Klein Creek is located at 1N333 Pleasant Hill Road, Winfield IL. For more information visit Kleincreek.com and now check out the Klein Creek App. (630)-690-0101. So before the tempertures drop and the snow falls, visit Klein Creek, it’s time to return.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.