What makes for a great day of golf? A course that is (nearby!) and easy to get to – with a friendly &
professional staff to serve you – good carts, reasonable rates, a well designed practice area, a well stocked
golf shop & snack/beverage area… and of course, a fine golf course! These features, services, and
amenities are all to be found at the “stellar” Brassie Golf Club in the beautiful northwest Indiana community
of Chesterton Indiana.
A Brief History
The Brassie Golf Club was originally built by an investment group & designed by Jim Fazio (a member of the famed Fazio family, and the son of the great golf architectural designer – Mr. George Fazio) - and opened for play in (1999). Built on a large (200+) acre former farm & model airplane airstrip, this “links style” golf course changed management/ownership twice before being acquired by the fine family/group who also own the River Pointe GC in Hobart, Indiana, (and) the beautiful White Hawk CC in Crown Point, IN.
The Brassie Today
The current edition of The Brassie GC is a very “mature” looking (15) year old golf course, with perfectly manicured – (thanks to Superintendent Jamie Skolsky & his staff) – fairways & large, rolling greens, set in a very “natural” & environmentally conscience series of wetlands – with marshes & high grasses throughout.
Water (including ponds & a winding creek) comes into play on more than half of the (18) holes *depending on your “personal dispersal rate!” off the tee(s)! (52) fairway and greenside bunkers & well-designed mounding help define the fairways, approach shots, (and) the very large & receptive greens – (which although fair, can challenge even the best of putters). Additionally, while this “total links style” layout – may not have the danger that comes from an abundance of trees – the “wild card,” is definitely the wind! Which can come up at any time (& from any direction) off of nearby Lake Michigan.
BGC has new electric carts, continuous cart paths, “excellent” drainage – (keeping the course open & playable during all but the most overwhelming of recent rains!); the course & score cards both provide a “four star” reference for yardage(s); there is a truly great practice & sand practice area w/ full driving range & putting green; the course, although rolling/undulating, is very walker friendly; there are (4) sets of tees (measuring from 5,400 to 7,000 yds) to accommodate us all; and, the pace of play is “highlighted” on the scorecards & assisted by a daily starter. Senior, junior, twilight & other special rates – (including an overall everyday very reasonable fee structure) – are in place; men’s and women’s leagues and golf lessons are available, (and) the beverage cart (a region must!) just keeps on rolling!
The entire facility, including a separate building – (with large scoreboard) – (and perfect for golf outings & other private functions * holding up to 180) – is beautifully manicured, with plantings, etc. outside; (&) a golf shop & large snack/beverage area in the main building (both) very well stocked and “maintained,” with great attention to detail & “exceptional” cleanliness (you’ll see!).
The staff, headed by PGA Golf Professional Jill McCoy – (formerly of Sand Creek GC & Briar Ridge CC -and- a Purdue grad) – and “local” product – Assistant Professional Joel Reinhertz – along with Jerry, Adam, & Vince (in the golf shop) (&) Jeannie (the food & beverage guru!) & (ably assisted by our new friend René) – are all very friendly, and, ready to make your day at The Brassie a lot of fun!
The Brassie is a fun, inviting place to enjoy a day of golf. A course that allows new players to not be “overwhelmed”; mid-hdcp. players a chance to make some pars (and maybe a few birdies!), and excellent players – (like course record holder Dave Vlasic (63) & tournament record holder Mike Salmon (64) - the opportunity to “strut their stuff!”
Go on out to Chesterton & give the course a try – (and) I know you too – will soon be telling your friends that “The Brassie GC” truly does… “Shine Brightly.”
The Brassie is located a couple miles south of 80/94. Take Rte 49 south to 1100 North (you will see the sign) & go west (2-3) miles on 1100 North until it dead ends at Pearson Road – turn right to the entrance – real easy! The address is 1110 Pearson Rd Chesterton, IN 46304 – the phone # is (219)921-1192 & the website is www.thebrassie.com. Enjoy!
It was a busy August in national & international golf:
- On the European Tour – Marc Warden won the Made in Denmark Classic, Jamie Donaldson won the Czech Open, and a gentleman named Hennie Otto won the Italian Open.
- The LPGA Circuit saw Mirim Lee win the Meijer LPGA Classic, Former #1 Inbee Park (26) wins her (5th) career major at the Woman’s LPGA Championship, S. Korean So Yeon Ryu won the Women’s Canadian Open & Austin Ernst won her 1st US Tour event at the Portland Classic.
- The Champions Tour crowned Bernhard Langer at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open (an event that saw Kevin Sutherland shoot the 1st ever (59) on the Champions Tour, & (6th) ever on any tour); Scott Dunlap won his 1st Champions event at the Boeing Classic, and Fred Couples won the Shaw Charity Classic.
- The Web.com Tour finished its regular season with Carlos Ortiz winning his (3rd) event of the year – (and an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour) – at the Portland Open. Note – The top (25) on the final (years end) money list (all) were promoted to the Big Show & (25) more can make it in the Web.com final series of events – starting with the Hotel Fitness Championship, which has been won by Bud Cauley.
- The PGA Tour saw Rory McIlroy win the Bridgestone WGC Classic (&) regain the #1 spot in the world; then Rory followed up by winning the (96th) PGA Championship – his fourth major – and at age (25) the third youngest to win four (Tiger & Jack). Note: Rickie Fowler finished his major season in record fashion with (4) top (5’s) – including over (140!) one-putts in his (288) holes! Camilo Villegas won for the 1st time in (4) years at the (75th) Wyndham Championship (an event won (8) times by Sam Snead) - his first? 1938, his last? 1965! Hunter Mahan won the 1st of the (4) Fed-Ex final tour events at the Barclays Championship, and Chris Kirk won the 2nd event – at the Deutche Bank Championship – in search of the – (not including prize money) - $10 million bonus! which goes to the overall total points leader at the end.
- The 2014 Women’s US Amateur Champ is (16!) year old Kristen Gillman of the US, with S. Korea’s Guan Yang winning the 114th edition of the US Men’s Amateur Championship.
- And Tiger Woods is once again back in the golf news – but again it is for the wrong reasons. He has continuing back problems – withdraws from the Barclays, changes his “swing coach,” and also, withdraws his name from consideration for the upcoming Ryder cup. Speaking of the 40th Ryder Cup – (being played Sept. 26th-29th at the difficult Gleneagles GC in Perthshire, Scotland) – the European team is very heavily favored – (with 4 of the top 5 ranked players in the world) – on their side… but, as we all know, the Ryder Cup is always full of surprises. Go U.S.A.!
- Last – but definitely not least – A special salute: to the recently held (and 4th annual) “world’s largest” golf outing benefiting the “Wounded Warrior Project” at the Billy Casper (a Navy vet) managed golf courses across the US. Over 10,000 golfers on (100+) courses in (28) states showed up to honor our country’s finest – nice job!
Congratulations: to the first Golf Plus Newspaper Hall of Famers – Chuck Hegan, Nick Schaefer, and “the Lash” Rusty Lashenik! Great contributions to the local golf scene have been made by all three! (All) 27 names which made the list should also be noted, and I look forward to next year’s list (I can think of at least (50)! more) who are also deserving of recognition!
- A wonderful golf outing is being held Wed Sept. 17th by the Hammond Rotary & Hammond Family YMCA at the lost Marsh GC in Hammond, IN – call (219)845-1507 ext. 229 if you can participate -or- help support this great cause – thanks Lynette for the heads up!
- (And) the Verta Richards Foundation Golf Outing is Sat. Sept. 13th at Indian Ridge GC in Hobart, IN – raising $ for the study of pancreatic cancer & always a lot of fun – call (219)942-6462 for info.
- The Lakeshore US Bowling Congress is also holding their event Sat. Sept. 13th at the Summer Tree GC in Merrillville, IN – this event raises money to benefit its scholarship fund – call Tim Slinker at (219)798-3422 for details (maybe if you get the right tee-time, you can play both? or maybe you can contribute to one or the other in some other way?!
- Tri-way Golf Club in Plymouth, IN is hosting a (4) person Octoberfest “Big Cup” event Sat. Oct. 4th – (574)936-9517 for info.
- Palmira GC’s Big Cup Scramble is set for at. Sept. 27th – always fun – call Bambina or info (219)365-4331.
- Night golf returns to White Hawk CC Friday Sept 12th – try it – you won’t forget it – call for details (219)661-2323.
- Good luck to all at the “Jackpot” Final of the season-long Pepsi-Illiana Challenge – for info call (219)865-2554.
- Don’t forget twilight & fall rates are kicking in at most courses – take advantage. (And) many courses offer a “buy now for 2015”
membership package – which allows you to play Free for the balance of 2014 – call your course for details.
Some non-golf fun: The kids/grandkids are back in school – treat yourself (after golf) to some well-deserved fun! How about Wheatfield Indiana’s Sandhill Crane Festival & Car Show? – held Sat. Oct. 20th) – call (219)956-4576 for info (great event & free!) -or- Crown Point, Indiana’s famous Octoberfest (Sat. Oct. 4th) – live entertainment, etc. – call (219)662-3290 for the 411 -and- Sat. Sept. 20th is the date for the “wacky, outrageous” day of family fun in downtown Hammond, IN at Harrison Park - (219)512-4298 will fill you in. More – for those Bear fans – Wicker Park in Highland, IN is having a 9’x16’ big screen tailgate party Sunday Sept 14th as our monsters race the SF 49ers – starts at 6:00PM – game time 7:30PM - $3 brats & $2 drafts – call Kerry for info (219)932-2530 ex. 331. Da Bears!
-Or- How about a “perfect” golf day – golf at Sandy Pines GC in Demotte, IN - (219)987-3611 - in the AM & have a great dinner at nearby “Marti’s Place” – (219)006-3363 – come on out for some great golf & food!
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An expanded special thanks this month to: Jill McCoy, Jamie Skolsky & the entire staff at The Brassie GC, to Mike Modrzejewski for his “over the top” help, to my wonderful wife Mary (a new golf addict!) for all her support (and) to all the people here in the region who make golf in our area possible: (To) the “exceptional” golf superintendents & their staff(s) who have done an unbelievable job of keeping our courses playable – (especially over the past (12) months of the most incredible & challenging weather issues in our history); to the municipalities who continue to fund & appreciate the importance/value of golf in the overall recreational needs of their citizens; to the golf course owners (and private club members) who have “somehow” continued to keep their facilities afloat during these difficult financial times (Thank you!); to our fine “off-course” golf store owners for giving us such a vast selection of purchase options; to all the men & women who show up at all these facilities before the sun comes up & give us such wonderful service; (and) most importantly – to every region golfer who helps support these great facilities (and) who appreciate the effort of the people who are providing a place to enjoy the game they love, (and) who make it all possible!! Please remember we’re all in this together! Thank you!
Lastly this month: From a sign seen at The Brassie – a quote from one of the finest players (US Open Champion) & most famous golfing hot-heads of all time, “When you hit a bad shot – cuss softly – so you won’t get a sore throat.” – Tommy Bolt – See you next month. - Pete