Indiana Dunes State Park

Golfing around Lake Michigan

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Harbor Shores Golf Club

Sitting directly on Lake Michigan, roughly halfway between Chicago and Detroit, Harbor Shores Golf Club once again hosts The Senior PGA Championship, presented by KitchenAid, which returns on May 24-29, 2016 for the third time.

When the course first opened in 2010, Harbor Shores was ranked No. 3 in GOLF Magazine’s Best New Courses You Can Play list.

“One of the year’s feel-good stories is this short but stern Jack Nicklaus Signature design that weaves through hardwoods, marshland and the massive white sand dunes that edge Lake Michigan on holes 7, 8 and 9.”

Hole Seven at Harbor Shores Golf Club
Hole Seven at Harbor Shores Golf Club

Course designer, Jack Nicklaus said, “This wasn’t just about a golf course. With Harbor Shores, we set out really to change a community. When we started, we had a factory where the first tee is. We had to remove toxic waste and buildings. This was a non-profit project. But in the end, the whole course looks beautiful and we hope is enjoyable to play.”

Best options for a stay over include The Inn at Harbor Shores, which feature well-designed, comfortable condos overlooking Lake Michigan, the St. Joseph River and Harbor Shores Golf Club.

The Inn at Harbor Shores Lobby
The Inn at Harbor Shores Lobby

Willow Crest Golf Course

Are you a golfer who enjoys cycling or is just looking for another way to get around the course? Guests of the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort just outside of Chicago offer a unique opportunity to experience a healthy alternative to traditional motorized carts – the Golf Bike.

The Golf Bike
The Golf Bike

The Golf Bike is a custom-made bicycle with saddle bags attached to carry your clubs. The rubber tires are wider than a standard bike to decrease impact on the course.  Guests can sign out these golf bikes out from the pro shop at no extra charge. Along with providing an additional workout, riding a bicycle on a golf course is a real conversation starter.

Willow Crest Golf Club
Willow Crest Golf Club

Walk from your room onto the first tee of Willow Crest Golf Course at The Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort. Designed by Dick Nugent, Willow Crest is a classic parkland style golf course with water hazards on 13 holes.

The Inn at Aberdeen

The Inn at Aberdeen
The Inn at Aberdeen

Just down the road from Indiana Dunes State Park, take advantage of the Dream Golf Getaway package offered by The Inn at Aberdeen in Valparaiso, Indiana –  about an hour from Chicago. This golf getaway package includes lodging at a historic inn, part of The Underground Railway dating from Civil War days and decorated with golf memorabilia, a full home-cooked breakfast,  a voucher for the nearby Course at Aberdeen and a dinner voucher good for several excellent restaurants in Valparaiso.

Should you arrive on a Sunday and encounter the state law prohibition of alcohol sales in grocery stores, the 19th hole of the golf course restaurant can provide you with beer to take away or to enjoy overlooking the scenic signature 10th hole of this beautiful and challenging course.

The Course at Aberdeen
The Course at Aberdeen

Michael Hurdzan designed The Course at Aberdeen, an eighteen hole, championship golf course.

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