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THE GOG BLOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS. Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the 7th at Mt. Prospect Golf Club.

IT’S ALWAYS a good idea to check back in on the courses that have done some recent renovation work.

This past week I choose to see Mt. Prospect Golf Club, now open two years from renovation, and I must say that course conditions are outstanding.

For whatever the reason, I don’t score as well as I used to before the Dave Esler renovation on Mt. Prospect, but I do love the golf course. It now has a 1926 historic look and feel to it.

Mt. Prospect like the Preserve at Oak Meadows, are prime examples on how even after the reopening, it does take a bit for all the grass to grow in, and the turf to look like it’s been there for a full decade or so.

The Par 3, 16th hole is a Biarritz style green, with a sharp dip in the middle of the green.

Not only was the turf from tee to green in great shape, but the greens were in outstanding condition. A tip of the golf hat or golf visor to the superintendent Darin Douglass for his hard work.

During my last conversation with the Director of Golf Operations at Mt. Prospect Brett Barcel, he spoke of how business is up since the reopening. Which again goes to show that courses that are putting money back into the product, are seeing the return on their investment.

Other suburban public courses including Arlington Lakes in Arlington Heights, Fox Run in Elk Grove, Wilmette Park District in Wilmette, Glenview Park District in Glenview, Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, Mistwood in Romeoville, are all sharing similar tales of good news in the amount of rounds and business. I suspect Schaumburg golf Club will see a rise in play over the next three years as their three nines reopen from renovation. Phase 1 is off to a great start.

The 175 yard Par 3 12th hole is one of the 5 par 3’s at Mt. Prospect.

In the clubhouse I tried the new Mt. Prospect burger on the menu this year, and passed all the taste tests I had. Yum! The clubhouse and redone pro shop are some of the other improvements that have really put Mt. Prospect back on the map.

The new practice facility with the double ended range and short game area is something Mt. Prospect needed as well, and the golfers have found it when practice or lesson time is needed.

With the fall golf season down to about 30 days, unless Mother Nature gives us a late November Indian summer, go out and play Mt. Prospect and see what how this new older classic golf style course plays. It’s a real treat.

Call (847)-259-4200 or visit GolfMtProspect.com for more information. RS

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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 WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.