Our Advice To You!

Have you ever driven by a golf course and thought to yourself, “Wow, I really wish I golfed, but I have no idea where I would even start?”  or reminisced with your friends and thought, “I wish I knew this before I started!”

 

 Well, we decided to poll our golf courses through social media and find out what the golfers wish they knew before they started or what their best advice for new golfers were and here are some of the responses:

 

  1. Stick with it! Be patient and have fun!
  2. Practice and enjoy the game and remember that it is only a game.
  3. Accuracy over distance!
  4. Golf is a game that cannot be beat, remember that and have fun!
  5. After your game, go relax and talk over things you could have done differently to improve your strokes.
  6. The ball is not going to go straight every time you hit it. Don’t get frustrated, and focus on your next swing.
  7. Play your ability and not your ego! So if you need a little bit of assistance, take it. 
  8. Don’t give up too easily, even the professionals have off days.
  9. Tee the ball to the correct height. Tee high for drivers and low for irons.
  10. Take lessons at your local course.
  11. Ask questions! 
  12. And last, but not least, always remember that a bad day of golf is still better than a good day at work. 

 

I guess what we can gather from all the responses is that golf is a game of fun, relaxation and time with friends, family and those we love (even if we want to beat them on that scorecard). Always remember to hold your head up and swing with meaning, because even if you miss the green it’s better than sitting at work.

 

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Tiger Woods’ TGR Foundation hits notable milestone as it celebrates its 25th anniversary

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — As far as golf goes, Riviera Country Club has not been friendly to Tiger Woods. At least, not as friendly as other golf courses—he does have a runner-up and seven other top-20 finishes at this kikuyu-covered gem, but he’s played 13 tournaments here and left without the trophy 13 times. It’s the most starts he’s made in a single PGA Tour event without a victory.

Woods’ relationship with Riv, however, extends much deeper than a scorecard. It’s where he made his first tour start, as a rail-thin 16-year-old in 1992. It’s a traffic-dependent hour away from where Tiger honed his game, at the Navy Golf Course in Cypress. And since 2017 it has hosted his event, the Genesis Invitational, which has coincided with major growth for his TGR Foundation.

 

Founded in 1996, the year Woods turned pro, the foundation’s initial mission was to give disadvantaged youth better access to the game of golf. Woods famously transformed the direction of his foundation shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, when during a 17-hour drive from Missouri to Florida (flights were grounded) he had an epiphany and instructed his father to change the focus to providing educational access to underprivileged kids.

Fast forward 20 years, and Woods’ foundation has now reached more than 2 million children through its in-person and digital programs.

“To have so many first-gens go off to college—then they come back and they’re the leaders of their community,” Woods, who is not playing this week at Riviera as he continues to recover from a back procedure, said before last year’s Genesis. “No one expected anyone in their community to go to college. And these kids go to Harvard and Princeton, Yale, Brown. You start meeting these kids who never ever thought they would go to college. It’s pretty unbelievable.”

 

This is the second year that the Genesis has had elevated status on tour, a change more significant than simply having “Invitational” replace “Open” in the tournament title. The field has been reduced from 144 to 120; the winner receives a three-year exemption, rather than the two for a “normal” PGA Tour event; and the purse increased to $9.3 million, highlighted by a $1.674 winner’s check. Symbolically, Woods’ tournament now stands level with Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

That, combined with perhaps the finest course on tour in Riviera, has attracted remarkably strong fields each of the past two years. Eight of the world’s top 10 players are teeing it up this week, and all the extra attention a field like this one demands only serves to bring more eyeballs to the TGR foundation and its mission.

“TGR foundation has experienced tremendous growth since Tiger became host of the Genesis in 2017,” TGR foundation President & CEO Gordon McNeill said. “As the benefiting charity, our programs have expanded to reach more students in the L.A. community and around the world.

“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are excited to build on the 2 million students reached through our programs, in person and digitally.”

 

The foundation is particularly excited about Pathways Forward, the initiative it launched in January to enhance its current education programs and expand resources to reach more students on their pathway to college and career success.

Woods has always taken as much pride in his philanthropic endeavors as his athletic ones, and perhaps this week is a preview of what’s to come. Woods knows his days as a world-class golfer will not last forever, and there will be plenty of Genesis Invitationals that he does not play in. This is one of them, but his presence at Riviera is felt through the TGR Foundation, which will continue to impact children long after Woods’ playing days are finished.

Source: Golf Digest

How to Cure the Shanks

We know, we know. You don’t even want to talk about the shanks for fear bringing the subject up will cause you to catch them. But like it or not, you might find yourself in a situation where you’re going to want to know a solution. Though awful, the plague of the shanks is curable.

First thing you have to do is take a break from the course. You need some alone time to sort this out on the range. Start by checking in on a few basics. Make sure you’re standing tall with your chest up during the swing, don’t hold the club too tightly, and make sure your weight isn’t sneaking up toward your toes. David Leadbetter told us that not tending to all of these little things could be the root of your struggles.

He also gave us a drill that will cure your shanking woes.

Set up like you’re going to hit it, and then put a tee in the ground just outside the toe of the club. While you’re swinging, think about keeping the grip end of the club near your body. “Miss the tee at impact, and you’ll hit the ball in the center of the face,” says Leadbetter.

 

-Keely Levins, Golf Digest (Source)

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  • Meadowview Golf Course in Mattoon
  • The Oaks Golf Course in Springfield
  • Timberlake Golf Course in Sullivan

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The Great Golf Ball Search

Lakeshore Golf Course will be closed through April 7th

Due to the State of Illinois’s Executive Order,

Lakeshore will be closed through April 7th

Lakeshore wants to do their part to protect our golfers, employees and community.  Therefore, effective immediately, Lakeshore and our sister courses will be closed through April 7th per Illinois’s Executive Order 20-10 (click on link below to read).

We have been actively trying to get clarification from the State of Illinois since the executive order was announced on whether golf courses can remain open.  Finally, this afternoon, we received word this question was addressed by the state, and the answer is; “we must close”.

Please read the last page of the below link on the part that addresses golf courses.

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/search/pages/results.aspx?k=essential%20business%20checklist#k=essential%20business%20checklist

Unfortunately, we are all dealing with the economic fallout of this global virus.  But ultimately, the safety of everyone is the most important issue. We will continue to maintain the golf course as it is essential to our business; so we can be ready for all of you, our valued golfers and friends, on April 8th!  We will all get through this.  Stay safe everyone!

In the meantime, if you are interested in renewing or purchasing your membership, click on the button below to navigate to Lakeshore’s online store.

https://golflakeshore.com/online-store/

Golfer Safety Covid-19

Golfer Safety & Covid-19

We hope you and your loved ones are safe during these uncertain times.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, our absolute priority is to the ensure the health and safety of our golfers, their families,  employees, and the community in which we live.

The golf course is OPEN at Lakeshore, (weather permitting), as well as our sister courses, and we are practicing CDC recommended business guidelines for sanitation and disinfection.

We will be:

–  sanitizing all touch points on golf carts before and after each use.

–  sanitizing all golf cart keys before and after each use.

–  increasing the frequency of sanitizing of all points of contacts in the clubhouse and bathrooms.

–  providing sanitizing solution and paper towels by our cart staging area.

–  providing single rider carts upon request.

–  providing hand sanitizer in the pro shop.

 In addition, it is recommended you leave flags in the cups and not rake sand traps or use ball washers.  We will be addressing our snack shop TO GO operation as the season progresses.

Nothing is more important to us than your health.  Click HERE​ for the CDC’s recommended steps to prevent illness.

We will continue  to monitor the evolving situation and keep you updated via email and our Facebook page.

Relieve Stress at the Course!

Golf is a great distraction in stressful times.  Come spend some time and enjoy the great outdoors!

Remember, kids always play FREE with one paying adult so bring the FAMILY for some fresh air and enjoy the wide open space!

Click the button below to book your tee time or give us a call at (217) 824-5521.

The Oaks Golf Course now under New ownership

 

We have exciting news to share with you…

We just acquired the Oaks Golf Course located in Springfield, Illinois!  As a loyal customer, you will have another fabulous golf course to play.  We are underway with many renovations to get the course opened and ready for the 2019 golf season.

The 18-hole golf course features over 6000 yards of golf with beautiful terrain and mature trees.  The Oaks opened in 1926 and was one of Springfield’s first premier golf courses.

If you are a current member of one of our sister courses, Lakeshore, Meadowview or Timberlake, you can now play The Oaks with your membership!

Open to the Public

Contact The Oaks at info@theoaksgolfcourse.com

Directions: from I-55 take exit 98A (I-72) East. Take exit 104, turn left, go North 1 3/4 miles. Turn right on Oakcrest Rd. Then course is to the right. Turn right on Dave Stockton Drive and follow it to the clubhouse.