Briar Ridge – A Brief History
Opened originally as an (18) hole golf course - (with (9) more holes added a few years later) – and an eye towards developing fine – high quality – homes on its vast acreage – Briar Ridge was the vision of a small group of investors led by the (then) managing partner – Mr. Donald Powers. From the beginning (opening in 1980), professionalism has shown through on all the various forms of development on the property. Currently there are (800) homes, beautiful condominiums, and townhomes at Briar Ridge, with only a handful of homesites/lots still available. Approximately (2) years ago, Briar Ridge Country Club was purchased by a group of members & local golf enthusiasts with a love of the game, and sights on continuing to improve upon this already outstanding facility.
Briar Ridge Country Club Today
Today’s Briar Ridge Country Club is a vibrant, very active golf & country club – with an outstanding clubhouse – which features: Men’s & Ladies lounge areas (and full locker rooms) – banquet facilities - (more on that later) - that can serve up to (225) comfortably; formal dining for (120+), a full service “meeting room” w/ private bar, pool table, TV’s, etc. for groups of (25-75); and the newest addition to the clubhouse – “The Turn” – a great place (perfectly designed) to relax, enjoy some great clubhouse “fare” -or- a few “libations” & watch some golf on TV …(and) on certain nights, enjoy some exciting entertainment …(and), (a large plus) – the entire facility offers beautiful views & patio options.
The Golf Course
The (3) “Nines” offered for play at Briar Ridge are all an exciting mix of difficult, inviting, -or- “option-laden” type golf holes. Measuring from 5,300 – 6,750 yards from the courses (4) sets of tees, Briar Ridge is fun for all “levels” of players. The fairways are a classic bent/poa, the rough is apparent (but closely mowed), the greenside & fairway bunkering is to be avoided (but very well maintained); Dyer Creek, Harts’ Ditch & several ponds all await within the boundaries of the surrounding mature trees (always giving you something to think about!); and the rolling, quick but fair, greens are a pleasure to putt on.
The course has continuous cart paths & the drainage throughout the property is outstanding; private carts are allowed, bag storage is offered, there is a full driving range & practice (with sand) area; a beverage cart patrols the course, pace of play is well monitored & the course is walker friendly (with) a full-time caddy program in place! Yes! Briar Ridge CC offers caddies, and is one of the few courses remaining in our area to be involved in the terrific Evans Scholarship Program – having provided college scholarships for (7) of its past caddies! And more – a Junior Program is alive & well, golf lessons are available (from some highly qualified professionals), and the Men’s & Women’s leagues are fun and very active.
No golf facility runs well without qualified, talented, & caring leadership -and- a professional staff. (And) here at Briar Ridge CC, this is glaringly in evidence. The membership and the executive board have put together an exceptional staff – a feature you will immediately notice when you come out to BRCC. For the sake of brevity, I will only make a simple list of some of these individuals (all with outstanding credentials & backgrounds) – and all of whom make service their top priority.
- Mr. Michael Krabbe – The new General Manager – a Marion, IN native & Purdue grad with a background in golf facility management at courses (including) Hillcrest & Itasca CC’s in Illinois.
- Ms. Kylee Rosenbaum – the Director of Marketing and Events – a person who will make your event special.
- Head Chef Harry Karaholios – a region gem!
- Nicole Gulich – The ever-helpful Dining Room Mgr.
- And others with many years of service at BRCC, like: Ron Falaschetti (29) years - Carolyn Kepler (29) years – And the best Hostess around, Barb Jurjevic (16) years.
- The golf staff – beginning with a true region stand-out – PGA Professional Jack Sudac – a real pro’s pro.
- Fellow PGA Professional Mark Swinford – most recently of Flossmoor CC & a young man who made it all the way to the World Championships in the Long Drive competition!
- And Shop Assistant (and former honor caddy) Kevin Stoffle.
- Last, but definitely not least, the man who made this fine course “shine” for the past dozen years – Mr. Erwin McKone – a nationally respected golf course Superintendent – whose talents are in plain view on every shot at BRCC.
Now You May Say
…That this is all fine – Briar Ridge CC sounds like a great club?! – But how does this affect me and my family? Well it does in (2) very important ways; #1 – Joining Briar Ridge Country Club is affordable to many! With no initiation fee! And with its many varied membership options (including) “introductory” offerings for regular, senior, single, social & associate (ages 21-40), -or- corporate memberships – there might just be something that fits you & your golfing needs (and I have not yet even mentioned the great swimming pool & tennis facilities at the club!).
#2 – The course is now available for outside golf outings – so if your group is looking for a fun and challenging place to book your next outing – give Briar Ridge CC a shot – in addition, BRCC will host banquets, weddings, special events, etc. for non-members. The beautiful banquet facilities, outside patios and private rooms are now (this is new) available to everyone!
Briar Ridge Country Club is hoping that you, and your friends and family will come on out – take a look around – (and as Golf Professional Jack Sudac “invites”) – “take a test drive” – try the course & see why people say – the new Briar Ridge Country Club is welcoming to all – with “Arms Wide Open.” Briar Ridge CC is located on Main Street in Schererville, IN – inside the Briar Ridge community – just mention to the person at the gate you would like to visit the clubhouse/course & they will gladly direct you! The address is 123 Country Club Drive – Schererville, IN 46375. The phone # is (219)322-3660 & the web address is www.briarridgecc.com. Go on out – I know you will like what you see!
There is absolutely nothing good to say about our region weather (so far) – so I will skip it entirely!
At least the golf tours have made for some interesting/fun T.V. – on the Women’s circuit (here & overseas), Inbee Park (the 2013 Player of the Year) continues her spot at #1 – Paula Creamer wins for the 1st time in a long time (2010 US Open) – Lydia Ko (16 years old) – is proving she belongs out there; Karrie Webb wins again (tying Babe Zaharias for 10th on the all time wins list – with (41)) – and Charlie Hull (17) – last year’s Rookie of the Year – wins for the 1st time.
As for the Men’s Tour – Tiger & Phil have been hurting – veteran Jimmy Walker & (23 year old) Patrick Reed both have (3) victories to show for this new 2013-14 “wrap around” season – and more (not so well-known) players continue to rack up the victories.
The Champions Tour is still going strong with Freddie Couples & Bernhard Langer tearing it up & Champions Tour Rookie – Jeff Maggert – became the (17th) player to win his debut event ...(and) Ryder Cup Captain for (2014), Tom Watson, proves he still can bring it – by firing a round of (63) at the Toshiba Classic (he is 64) – his first time to shoot his age in competition *Arnie did it (10) times in competition during his fantastic career.
And speaking of Arnie – the Masters is upon us! Enjoy the tourney & then set your DVR’S for (Sunday, April 13th at 9PM) as the Golf Channel brings us the 1st of a (3) part “golf-umentory” on the life of Mr. Arnold Palmer – tape all three segments – and maybe share them with a younger golfer (let them know how a lot of this modern-day golf came about). (Also) on April 6th at 7:00AM, the Golf Channel will bring us – live form Augusta National! – The National “Drive, Chip, & Putt” finals; an event showcasing (88) gifted youngsters from throughout the country – again – share with the kids!
More Masters – there is only one “sure thing” about the Masters – it will be exciting! However, I am always “prompted” to publish my pick – This year I choose …Zach Johnson …I believe that this former Masters Champ (2007) will join that elite group of multiple Masters winners – but whoever you pick, I hope your player comes through!
Moving on: Spring also means – Spring rates – Enjoy! Check out some leagues – junior programs, or golf memberships – if you need info, contact me at the paper – I will be happy to assist you!
(And) good luck to all those chilly region high school boys golf teams – we’re thinking of you! More good luck – as Coach Matt Meneghetti marches out this years Purdue-Cal Peregrine Golf team (including) • Mat Bowen • Patrick Mudd • Joe Proby • Aaron Mercer • Dana Plant • Tim Talley and • Jordan Long. *Their season opens April 3rd thru the 5th at the Blue Top Invite in Riverside, Iowa – and it looks like this is going to be a great year!
Back to back! Chances to try out some of this year’s best new equipment – on Friday, April 25th – venture on out to Ringo’s Golf Center (on) Route 30 – a couple miles east of the Rte 30/I-65 intersection – for a Ping “Fitting” Day – call for apt (219)942-8929 (runs from 2-6:00PM): (And) on Saturday, April 26th from 11-3PM, go see what is new from a multitude of manufacturers as J+M Golf presents their 1st Demo Day(s) of Spring at Palmira GC in St. John, IN – call for info (219)365-5611.
Another trip to southern Indiana will be undertaken this month by a large group made up primarily of the Wicker Park Men’s Club golfers. Spring is now officially underway! Good luck to all – great courses (tough) will bring out the best in Zimm, Steve, and many others – but my money is on Ronny Kotso – to bring home the bacon!
Keep ‘em coming – nominations for the 1st “Golf Plus NWI Golf Hall of Fame” have been pouring in – clip the entry out of the paper & mail it in -or- simply e-mail Golf Plus with your favorite candidate(s). *With the rich history of golf in our region – we are not short of deserving players, course owners, events, etc. So let us hear from you!
The 2nd Annual “Herbie Johnson Golf Classic” is being held simultaneously at (3) courses – Lincoln Oaks GC, Lincolnshire CC, and Balmoral Woods CC – all in Crete, IL – on Friday, May 30th – great event honoring Mr. Johnson (a fallen firefighter). For info call (708)672-9401.
More for a good cause: Our friends at the Hammond Optimist Club will be holding their annual smelt fry at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Hall – (on 170th Place in Hammond, IN) – Saturday, April 26th from 5-11PM. This great event raises money for youth sport programs throughout the region and is always a lot of fun – for details call (219)730-6310 & ask for Dave.
And our friends at the March of Dimes are hoping you might want to stretch those legs – as they hold their largest fundraiser of the year – with their “Walk For Babies” Fun Walk – being held Sat., April 26th in LaPorte • Sun., April 17th in Valpo • And Sunday, May 4th in Highland – call (219)736-0023 -or- visit www.marchforbabies.org for info – great cause!
Looking for some fun with you golf? – Try the “Michiana Senior Tour” – in existence for (15) years, this group has now grown to about (100) strong! …Men & Women from our region play events on great courses & really have a good time – if this sounds like something you might enjoy – give Mr. Bob Brady a call at (219)872-6895.
Special thanks this month to: Michael, Kylee, Jack, Mark, Linda, Barb, Carolyn, Ann Marie, Brenda, Angela, Rachel and all the staff at Briar Ridge CC – to the wonderful Gerlach family -and- to Mike Modrzejewski for his incredible! help! & of course to my lovely wife Mary for supporting my golfing habit!
And a big golfing shout out to good friend Don Plohg – who is recovering from major surgery – maybe this will finally help his putting! Just kidding – get well quickly – looking forward to finally playing that round of golf we always talk about!
And as always, I appreciate any comments, suggestions, questions, stories, etc. Please contact me at our e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a voicemail at (219)947-4313, and to read past golf course reviews – or to just visit Golf Plus newspaper online – visit our website at GolfPlusOnline.net.
Lastly: So true!! Quote: “I shot a wild elephant in Africa (30) yards from me, and it didn’t hit the ground until it was right at my feet. I wasn’t a bit scared. But a 4-foot putt scares me to death. – Sam Snead. See Ya!