The course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso, Indiana has always been a wonderful place to live & play golf –
but with its recent resurgence to a dedication of excellence – is now truly a northwest Indiana “gem.”
Thanks to the dedicated group within the property owners association at Aberdeen – the golf course is
changing in so many ways – all for the better. (And) I encourage one and all in our area to re-visit this
beautiful course -or- if you have never been – to go on out and see what all the buzz is about.
Opened in 1997, the course at Aberdeen is an (18) hole golf course enveloped by mature trees and set in perfectly natural surroundings. It has always been a very challenging test of golf with a “little” fun thrown in. (But) now with the generous support of the (400+) property owners, and their extremely wise decision to enlist the help of the Billy Casper Management Company, who have taken over the day-to-day operations of the facility; the improvements are highly visible everywhere.
Badly needed infrastructure improvement, a more favorable course/land usage – (with the help of the talented superintendent John Mischke and his staff) – have turned this great Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Mr. Dana Fry designed course – (gentlemen who also worked on a combined 100+ other golf courses – including the incredible Erin Hills GC outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which held the (2017) men’s US Open) – into…as I said… a true region gem.
The course measures from approx. 5,000 up to 6,900 yards from its (4) sets of tees spread over a vast area – vast enough – to make each hole feel “special, isolated” from the others – (in other words – just not right on top of each other) – a nice feeling; you’ll see! The ponds, wetlands, and bunkering throughout have been improved immensely through this new effort, and come into play on many holes, (but) don’t destroy your chances for success if you are not a highly skilled player.
The all grass driving range, chipping, putting, and sand practice areas have also been improved; the pace of play is well-controlled by the outside staff; the course drains very well – allowing for play on all but the worst of mother nature’s tirades; there are several membership offerings – I am sure one of which will fit you and your family’s needs; (and) even though the course is open to the public – encouraging outings and banquets, etc. – the facility has a very “private course” feel.
The clubhouse is a great place to relax and enjoy your post-round “wound licking”; with – brats, burgers, and a full bar; (expertly handled by food & beverage manager Missy Whiting – a wisely held over employee from the past management group…come on…how could you net keep Missy?! – She is the best!); General Manager & PGA Professional John Patzwald oversees the entire operation – an excellent choice – very qualified, and really knows how to run a golf facility – including – a well stocked golf shop, a series of league offerings, an excellent lesson program, (and) hopefully…your next golf outing.
The course has also long been known for its support of the wonderful “Folds of Honor” program – assisting veterans in so many charitable causes…and? …did I forget anything? …yes… something I think you may be greatly surprised by – even with all the improvements made to the property – the rates for golf…wait for it…have been reduced!! I rarely get to use the term “reduced rates” …so, enjoy!
For those of us who have always enjoyed our trips to The Course at Aberdeen – there is now more to enjoy…for you who have never been – check it out. The homes, condominiums, and overall setting is just beautiful – the people at the course are friendly & knowledgeable, and the golf is as challenging and fun as our area has to offer. The Course at Aberdeen is located a couple miles south of Rte. #30 in Valpo – the address is 245 Tower Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46385 – the phone # is (219)462-5050 – the website is www.golfataberdeen.com - Call for directions – and go see the “Re-birth” at Aberdeen & have fun!
Around the tours in April
Many of the tours saw limited action in April:
Including: The LPGA – where the 1st major of the year was contested in Rancho Mirage, California – at the historic – Ana Inspiration – where Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg fought off a (3) player playoff – that carried into a Monday morning finish lasting (8)! holes – for her 1st every professional golf victory after (250)! starts! Perseverance, thy name is Pernilla – congratulations! The following week, (20) yr old Canadian star Brooke Henderson won the Lotte Championship in Hawaii – the sixth LPGA victory of her young career; and in another very popular 1st time victory – Moriya Jutanugarn won at the inaugural Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open – with her victory, Moriya & her sister Ariya – (a former world #1) – become only the 2nd set of sisters to every win on the LPGA Tour – joining hall of famer Annika Sorenstram (and) her sister Charlotta – nice going Moriya.
The Champions Tour held (2) events – with lefty Steve Flesch getting the 1st win of his early career amongst the senior set – at the Mitsubishi Classic held in Duluth, Georgia; and in the fun team competition at the incredible “Top of the Rock” golf course in Riverdale, Missouri – veterans Kirk Triplett & his partner Paul Broadhurst took home the title.
The men’s Euro Tour also held two events – the 91st edition of the Spanish Open – where #3 in the world – (23) year old – Jon Rahm won his 3rd Euro title in front of the folks in his native Spain. (And) the Trophee Hassan II Championship in Morocco – which was won by French golf standout Alex Levy – for his 5th Euro career title.
The men’s US Tour – was a little busier however – starting with – the 71st Houston Open – where (42) year old perennial Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter- who was tied for 123rd after the 1st round! won in a playoff – great job! (And) I’m going to skip the 2nd week of April for a minute… The 3rd week of April witnessed the 50th edition of the RBC Heritage Championship at the beautiful Harbour Town GC in Hilton Head, S.C. – where Japan’s star golfer Mr. Satoshi Kodaira – got his 1st ever PGA Tour victory; and another 1st time PGA Tour winner – Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
But now back to the 2nd week in April – the week we all return to springtime – and this year’s (82nd edition) of the Masters. And it was another great week – starting with the wonderful Drive, Chip & Putt for the juniors – a weird injury to Tony Finau’s ankle after a run of celebration after making a hole in one during the Wednesday par three contest – (which) – also saw Jack Nicklaus’ grandson take (1) swing on the 9th hole – making his 1st hole in one ever! An event that Mr. Nicklaus called one of the highlights of his entire life/career! (And) even further at the par three contest – (68) year old Tom Watson became the oldest to ever win this event – the person he beat out for this honor? – (61) year old Sam Snead.
The 1st day looked like we were going to see Jordan Spieth take charge – after his leading (66) stroke beautiful round – but on day (2), Patrick Reed took charge, took the lead, and the (27) year old Reed got the win! – But not before challenges from stars all over the next (2) days – including Rory McIlroy & the hard charging Jordan Spieth – all in all – another great Masters. Congratulations Mr. Reed – your life just changed forever!
More Masters notes: Sergio Garcia – last year’s champion – showed how golf can be cruel – making a (13)! on the 15th hole – matching Mr.’s Tom Weiskopf & Tommy Nakajima for highest score ever on any hole at the Masters. The Masters committee announced that they are going to hold the 1st ever Augusta National Women’s Amateur at the Augusta National G.C. in (2019) – the week before the Masters. This is big news for the women’s golf – really big! Nice going Augusta National Committee, (and) nice going Golf Channel, CBS, and ESPN – great coverage & commentary – as always!
Mom -!- Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th – Mom deserves the best! If she loves golf, many of our local courses have “Mom plays free” on May 13th – call around – if mom needs a little encouragement to go out to the course – how about a gift certificate to play (or) a certificate for some equipment at one of our fine local golf shops to get her started. (Or) even a dinner at one of the courses – I recently had the fish fry at the Scherwood Club in Schererville, and the food, service, and atmosphere were terrific! – But whatever mom likes – mom deserves the best!
For those who want to see the best of the senior players in golf – go on out to the 79th Senior PGA Championship held this year at the golf club at Harbor Shores in nearby Benton Harbor, Michigan – May 24th thru the 27th – Great kids rates – great place to get autographs from the very fan-friendly legends of the game – call for info.
And May starts a lot of holiday – Memorial Day is May 23rd – festivals – check out indianafestivals.com for info – locally and throughout our beautiful state.
Special thanks this month: To Kathy & Mike Modrzejewski – could never do this without your help – to Barb & her family & friends for all the wonderful fun and great help – to Tony and the entire staff at WJOB – and to all of you for keeping us going here at Golf Plus. (And) a special shout out to my friend Harold Koenig – Mr. Koenig hopes his game gets a little better at Wicker Park this year (he told me in a recent call) – I hope so too – *By the way Mr. Koenig is (104) years old and still trying to get better – “We” have no excuse this year!!
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Lastly: I don’t know if you caught the recent coverage of the 1st “TOPGOLF” event on the Golf Channel – Don’t know TOPGOLF? You will – it’s growing fast – (Anyway) – watching these players aim at distant targets reminded me of someone I was lucky enough to meet & spend time with by the name of Moe Norman – who many great players – Jack Nicklaus included – say was probably the best striker of the golf ball ever – and I can’t help but wonder how he would have done at this sport/game: There are at least a million Moe Norman stories – but let me just relate the most famous one: “Pipeline Moe” as he was sometimes called – was getting ready to tee off at a course that he had never played – and his caddy turned to him and said – “You’ll like this hole sir.” “It’s a straight forward, easy hole.” “Just a drive and a wedge.” – His reaction? He used his wedge off the tee & hit his driver on the green – making an easy birdie – TOPGOLF & Moe Norman & that would have been cool!!
See you next month, - Pete