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The Schaumburg Golf Club continues to make progress on it’s three phased renovation plan.

Prior to teeing off on this part of the plan the club made improvements to the clubhouse with the addition of simulators in the basement, that has allowed SGC to become a year-round golf facility. On bad weather days golf, golf lessons, club fittings, and league play can be accomplished.

Once the renovation was moved outdoors, Phase One saw the improvements to the practice area’s that included an extension to the driving range, with the back end at 330 yards. The back end of the range has both a short game area, and private lesson area. The new putting green that golfers see as they enter the club,moved from being small to over 9,000 square feet. A perfect size when needed for outings or tournaments. The final part of the Phase One renovation was the redesign of the clubs Players Nine (holes 19-27) that are now complete.

  BIG 3 PARTNER Len Ziehm and yours truly check out the newly renovated Players 9 at the Schaumburg Golf Club (L-1st or 19th hole). Hole number 25 is the new Par 3 on the Players Nine. Holes 25 and 26 have been redesigned and flip-flopped, with a Par 3 for hole 25, and now a Par is Hole 26.

The renovation of the Schaumburg Golf Club is being done by Todd Quitno or Lohmann-Quitno designs. Senior partner Bob Lohmann did the renovation work on SGC back in the early 1990’s when work was last done on the golf course.

Click here to hear the interview with architect Todd Quitno, who is in charge of the renovation of the Schaumburg Golf Club.

The early reviews of the Players Nine are nothing short of outstanding, with the reopening of the Players Nine, it’s safe to say the days of Golden Acres as the course was formerly called prior to the park district buying the course, are over. In fact the days of being called “Concrete Acres” are over as well.

TODD QUITNO points out the changes during work on the first hole of Baer Nine around the green. The Opening hole on the Baer Nine from the first tee box (R).

The Players nine reopened along with the putting green on June 30th, and on that day the Baer nine closed to begin work in Phase 2. The Baer Nine is expected to reopen about July 1st of 2019, and then the final nine will close. All 27 holes should be done from renovation and reopened around July 1st of 2020.

During the entire renovation process, Schaumburg Golf Club will have 18 holes open for play, along with all of the practice facilities. The clubs second putting green behind the clubhouse and near the first tee of the Baer Nine, will be redone as well.

For tee times and more information the Schuamburg Golf Club please visit  or call the club which is also home to Chandlers Chop House, at (847)-885-9000 and hit #1 for the pro shop. Located at 401 N. Roselle Road just 5 minutes away from Woodfield Mall.

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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.