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Chic Hts Prk District GC
Deer Creek GC
June, Glorius June
Wicker Park GC
J&M Golf
Glenwoodie GC
Ringo's Golf Center
Creekside GC
Lost Marsh GC
South Gleason Park GC
Duck Creek GC
Minne Monesse
Centennial Park GC
Balmoral Woods CC
White Hawk CC
Lincoln Oaks GC
Chesapeake Run GC
Sandy Pines GC
Curtis Creek CC
South Shore CC
Palmira GC
Pheasant Valley CC
Scherwood Golf
                                      The course at Aberdeen – located just southwest of historic and beautiful downtown Valparaiso, Indiana – 
                                   is an (18) hole golf course – open to the public (but) with a quite noticeable “private club” atmosphere 
                                   throughout. Set in the peaceful countryside of northwest Indiana, and placed among luxury homes & condominiums – this fine course will challenge your kills in wonderful, natural surroundings – and is a course that you will want to play over (&) over again!
Valparaiso, IN – a Brief History
   Valparaiso Indiana (and) the surrounding areas of southern Lake Michigan, are yet another of the lands that were the long-time home to the ever-present Pottawatomie Indians. Open to settlers by treaty in (approx.) 1832 – this land was perfect for cultivation by early farmers, and located along trade routes that opened up the western part of our nation.
   “Valpo” (as it is affectionately known) was originally named “Portersville” – after Commodore Porter – who during the War of 1812 became a national hero with his victorious battle against the powerful British Navy near the coastal town of Valparaiso, Chile. As our area developed more precise boundaries, and counties were established, the newly formed county containing Portersville further honored the Commodore by naming the land “Porter County.” Seeking a new name for the (now county seat) town of Portersville, the local citizenry chose the rather “exotic” name of “Valparaiso” – in commemoration of the Commodore’s famous victory.
   After the War of 1812, with the treasury left short of funds, many veterans of American service were paid not in $ but in “land vouchers” – including parcels in this area of northern Indiana. Knowing that many of these soldiers would not venture out into the “wild” reaches of this area, land speculators purchased these tracts of land (and) sold them to settlers who found the land perfect for farming.
   In the mid to late 19th century – with rail lines helping to develop the area – “Valpo” flourished as a center for farmers, merchants, and some light industry. A college was established – (now know worldwide for its high academic standing) – and eventually took the name Valparaiso University. A school that has continued to draw students from throughout the US (and) beyond our shores.
   Among the agricultural “success” stories in the area, emerged the “larger than life” legend, which became “Orville Redenbacher’s famous popcorn company!” Mr. Redenbacher (a Purdue University student of agriculture) – along with – local Valpo resident – Mr. Charlie Bowman – turned the popcorn industry on its ear (some pun intended!) – by creating a marketing “image” for their product that continues to create a brand known both in the US (and) internationally. This success is honored annually in Valpo with its “Popcorn Festival” (now its 35th year) and helps showcase this wonderful community. (Check it out Saturday, September 7th)!
   The current city of Valparaiso is a constantly changing community of approx 32,000 residents – led by proud citizens/civic leaders/and an outstanding mayor (Mr. Jon Costas) – with a thriving downtown area of shops & restaurants, a modern business environment, a great school system, etc. – but most importantly, the city of Valpo maintains that “small town” feel – that its people have so carefully protected.
The Course At Aberdeen
   The Course at Aberdeen is a wonderfully conditioned (18) hole golf course – designed and built by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Mr. Dana Fry – who have individually (&) collectively been involved with over (100) golf course designs throughout the world. Locally they have been responsible for the excellent Blackthorn GC (in South Bend, IN) -and- close by Erin Hills GC just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin (which will be the sight of the 2017 US Open). Long known for their understanding (and) respect for the importance of the environment involving course construction – the course at Aberdeen – strongly exemplifies their efforts.
   While playing the course you will find true beauty in the natural surroundings – and a sense of isolation on each hole – as you are secluded from other golf holes during your round. In addition, each hole at Aberdeen is of a “unique” design – with all (18) holes containing their own “character” and challenge.
   Opened in 1997, the course belies its relatively young age – feeling “fully established” from tee to green – with its beautifully manicured fairways, bunkering, and natural elevation changes.
   Measuring approx. 5,000 – 6,900+ yards from its (4) sets of tees – the course possesses some challenging carries over the “protected areas,” and is a course that should be played from the “appropriate” tees! – To Ensure enjoyment.
More
   The driving range, practice area(s) and putting green at the course are in great shape: excellent drainage assures that the course will be open during all but the worst of weather conditions; pace of play is highly valued (&) controlled by some of the best marshals/ rangers in northwest Indiana (especially Bud & Ken!); the electric carts are covered & have windshields; yardages are well-marked, the rough is challenging -but- tightly mowed, leagues/annual rate – membership packages / and junior program(s) are available; a large scoreboard is available for your convenience; an outstanding (200) person outdoor (but covered) pavilion – perfect for outings/banquets adjoins the clubhouse, a beverage cart services the course, (and) the clubhouse (which houses the well-stocked golf shop (&) grill room restaurant) is a very “players friendly” place to hang out before or after golf.
Further
   The Course at Aberdeen serves as the home to the outstanding “Folds Of Honor Foundation” (www.foldsofhonor.org) golf outing – providing educational scholarships for children whose military parent(s) have been killed or disabled in the line of duty; hosts the mid-American Junior Golf Tour, numerous golf/charitable outings including: the annual Valparaiso Rotary Club’s “Popcorn Open” – offers the “Aberdeen Kilt Club” loyalty program (which includes benefits/special discounts on merchandise & golf rounds for its members; (and) is the home course to both the Women’s (&) Men’s Valparaiso University golf teams.
In Conclusion
   From the time you arrive at the course – and are greeted at the “bag drop” by – (in my case the very friendly Rick) – you will notice the professionalism that is found throughout this fine facility. Privately owned (and) currently run by the respected Kemper Sports Management Group – the staff, including: GM & PGA golf professional Andy Perez – his asst. professional Rich Sassman – head golf course Superintendent Adam Lencke (and) his asst. Superintendent John Mishke, the energetic Sam! In the Grill Room, and indeed the entire staff. You will notice that the entire Course at Aberdeen is one great public golf course -with- a very “private” course feel!
   The Course at Aberdeen is located in Valparaiso, IN (2 ½) miles south of Rte 30 (on) 250W – approx (15) minutes east of the intersection of Rte 30 & I-65 – and just minutes from downtown Valpo. The address is 245 Tower Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46385 – Phone # (219)462-5050 – (www.golfataberdeen.com) Great Course – Great Rates – Try it out!
Golf Shots
   Congratulations to: • Jason Dufner on his recent PGA Championship victory -and- on his creating the “Dufnering” craze – with his seemingly nonchalant approach to life! That makes (19) different “Major” champions in the last (21) majors – only Rory McIlroy (with 2) has been able to win multiple Majors over this (5+) year period. • The European Women’s team on their well deserved victory in the Solheim Cup. • To eventual Hall of Famer Miguel Angel Jimenez on his astounding (600) starts on the European Men’s Tour. • To Valpo High School’s Girls Golf team member Harley Dubsky on starting the season with a (65)! in one of the early competitions. • All the new champions of the historic Lake-Porter Championship – recently held at the beautiful Palmira GC in St. John, IN, including: Championship flight winner – Taylor Noel, Mid-Hdcp flight winner Victor Perez-Luna, Senior champ Greg Wolff, Super Senior champ Tom Czechanski, and Women’s champion & local “star” Nina Nipcon! – And speaking of Palmira – what’s up with the golfing squirrel who is gathering up all the golf balls?! An investigation should definitely be undertaken! • To South Gleason Park GC on holding its first ever Reunion Day – Nice Job – and next year promises to be even bigger & better! • To the city of Hammond, the Hammond Optimist Club, and the entire region = for the success of the recent Cal Ripken World Series. But most of all – to the Champion Crown Point Bulldogs on capturing the title – and a great job also – by the Hammond team which finished third – not golf – but “kids” always deserve a special shout-out. • Congrats also to Jim & Josh Elder -and- Steve, Dan, and DJ DeYoung – who called in & won FREE rounds of golf to Chicago Heights GC in Chicago Heights, IL – and thank you to Ch Hgts GC for providing the prizes (and) to Bob Ragon who won rounds of golf to Turkey Creek GC in Merrillville, IN – thank you to Turkey Creek GC as well.
Quick Shots
   Still time to join-in: The 3rd Annual “Verta Richards Foundation” Golf Outing is being held Saturday Sept 14th at Indian Ridge GC in Hobart, IN. The money raised helps in the study of pancreatic cancer. Call (219)942-6850 for info. Good people supporting a great cause.
   And take advantage of the GREAT SALE on all merchandise you will find at the Cam Golf “wholesale divisions” annual “End of year sale.” Great selection – call (708)474-9272 for info – easy to find *in Lynwood, IL* Sept 6th – 15th.
   Come play – or just watch – as some of our regions finest compete in: • The Pepsi-Illiana “Jackpot” season finale at the wonderful Scherwood GC in Schererville, IN – being held on Friday Sept 6th – call (219)865-2554 for info. • The Porter Amateur – being held at the Brassie GC, Forest Park GC, Sand Creek CC, and Valparaiso CC. For info, call the Brassie GC at (219)921-1192. • And Wicker Park GC is again holding their exciting “Night Golf” event Thurs, Fri, and Sat, Sept 12th thru the 14th – call for tee times – it fills up fast! Call (219)838-9809 for all the details. • They won’t let you play in this one! But check out the world’s best players Sept 9th – 15th at the Fed-Ex Cup Playoffs BMW Challenge being held in Lake Forest, IL at the “challenging” Conway Farms GC. For tickets/info call (847)724-4600.
Special thanks & shout-outs to: PGA professional Andy Perez (and) the entire staff at the Course at Aberdeen. 

The Course at Aberdeen – In Valparaiso, IN
“Public Course – Private Feel”
by Pete Mandich
GPO Correspondent