-- by Pete Mandich
Chesapeake Run Golf Club is an (18) hole golf course located in North Judson, Indiana - A (10) year old
course - mature beyond it's years - Built on historic ground, themed in conjunction with it's railroad past,
and perfectly in tune with nature. A course secluded within itself - And, a place that you will want to return
to time and time again.
The land that now supports Chesapeake Run Club was once owned by the legendary Seghetti family. For many years, dating back to the early 20th century, families brought their children to stay at the farmhouse, or in one of the cabins located on the farm run by this fine Italian family. Countless numbers of children,(including my wonderful mother), were first introduced to the wonders of nature the peace and beauty of a working farm, and, for a short time were given the opportunity to escape the trappings of city life. The family dinner table was said to have had upwards of (150) for dinner! This continued through (3) generations of Seghetti family members, and provided lasting memories to all who were lucky enough to have stayed there.
At one time the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad passed through a section of the property, and currently the golf course maintains a railroad theme throughout. Locomotive style hole information signs are on each tee, railroad spikes are used as tee markers, holes are given names such as: Boxcar, Shortline, Cannonball, Casey Jones, and more. This ties in perfectly wit the town of North Judson, which houses the "Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum". This museum should be a definite stop for RR buffs - and local history fans alike. The museum offers scenic rides - including upcoming Pumpkin train rides on October 8th and 22nd, and a special Halloween train on Saturday October 29th - Call ahead for info: (574) 896-3950 - Take the kids, they will love it.
Chesapeake Run is a proud member the "Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program for golf courses"; And as such Puts forth an inspired effort to attract, support, protect, and sustain the abundance of wildlife in and around the property. This effort includes minimal use of pesticides, water conservation initiatives, installation of "Gourd Houses" to promote a habitat for the Purple Martins now drawn to the area - (this is not completely altruistic, in that Purple Martins (A beautiful species of birds) greatly reduce the flying insect population on the course, and around the clubhouse.
A large pond located on the course is even stocked with Catfish, Bluegills, Crappie, and large Mouth Bass - No fishing please! A naturalized area inside the course covers over (20) acres - bordering six of the holes - and provides food and shelter for: (Are you ready?) - (3) types of Finches, Hummingbirds, Butterflies, (2) Species of Woodpeckers, Bluebirds, Cardinals, Geese, Orioles, Owls, Deer, Foxes, Pheasants, Quail, Swallows, Meadowlarks, Hawks, Blue Herons, Wild Turkeys, and more!
Lucky for us, all this history, themeing, and abundant wildlife are but supporting players to a challenging, well-designed, and enjoyable place to play golf. The course, measuring between 5,000-6,600 yards, has fine Bluegrass Fairways, A-4 Bent Grass Greens (receptive to a good shot, quick-but true), (3) Sets of tees to allow for all levels of play, and that much sought after "FUN" aspect built into the course - The option to take a few risks (gamble) on certain holes.
Many tees are elevated, the fairways on most holes are generously wide, the approach shots are clear and straight forward, the yardage markers are accurate & highly visible, and the variety of holes make for an opportunity to use all your clubs.
There are, however, a few places on the course that can jump up and bite you if you are not careful - like #12 - A 460+ yard par 4, who one gentleman on the course referred to as the "Bermuda Triangle"! and, a "Fun Fact" - The tee on #5 is the highest point in all of Starke County - giving you a bird's eye view of a testy par 4 which includes a two - tiered green just waiting to give you problems.
The 6,000 sq. ft. clubhouse is a great place to unwind after golf; and consists of a lounge and "Great Room" over looking the course, and centering around a massive stove fireplace. The golf shop is located in this same area and is well - stocked with whatever you need - The banquet facility is at the far end of the building, and a comfortable patio, with gazebo, offers you grilling or other outdoor dining options.
The staff includes Mike Vessely (Superintendent ), who has been here from day one, and should be applauded for his (and his crews' ) outstanding conditioning of this vast, and varied, piece of ground. It must be quite a challenge - GREAT JOB!
Josh Ness, a North Judson native, and Trine University graduate, handles the golf shop professionally, and makes you feel right at home, the rest of the staff could not be more friendly and helpful, including: Marlene and Gene, a terrific husband and wife team who just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, Cathy who handles special event coordination, Phil who does "double duty" - working both inside & out, and Art who is the Purple Martin expert.
Excellent pricing - see ad in this publication - is a great plus, new well - conditioned carts, cart paths throughout - ensuring play on those questionable days. And, don't pass up the x-large chess board/table inside the clubhouse for those who need another challenge.
The property is also a part of Chesapeake Village - A well designed grouping of homes adjacent to the course - also eco-friendly - and beautifully maintained by the homeowners. A few select homesites are still available - so contact the course for further information.
NORTH JUDSON, INDIANA
Chesapeake Run is a part of a Community that excels in many ways. Consisting of only about 2,000 people, and containing approximately 5-6 streets in the "Downtown" area, North Judson citizens have a special pride that comes through with even the briefest of encounters. If you can make time, stop in at one of the local spots for some good food, nightly entertainment, or maybe a "cold one". Try the Irish Pub, the Brantwood, RTE #10 Bar & Grill, The Wooden Nickel, The Keller Diner, or visit the Fingerhut Bakery & Cafe - with it's 65 year tradition (which includes seven generations).
Maybe take a separate trip to shop at the country stores and antique shops downtown, visit nearby Bass Lake - with all it's many attractions - or come down for the annual "Mint Festival" held in June for the past 35 years. I can think of a lot of reasons for you to venture out to North Judson - And when was the last time you saw a "full service" pump at your local gas station? By the way, if you smell something sweet while playing Chesapeake Run, it is probably coming from one of the many mint producing farms in the area, and it certainly adds a pleasant touch to playing on the course. Also, make a last stop, (3) miles east of the course on RTE #10, is Bailey's Superstore - (5) acres under roof of everything imaginable, including furniture, cabinets, etc. - As you can see - you will have to make more than one trip.
Golf course designers Scott Roudebush and Ron Kern gave us a gift - a beautiful, challenging, fun golf course to play - in a setting that you will be talking about back home. Bring your friends, stop by the town with your family, experience Chesapeake Run Golf Club and the town of North Judson - you will be glad you did.
For further information concerning Chesapeake Run Golf Club call the course at (574) 896-2424 or visit their website at: www.CHESAPEAKERUNGOLF.com. Chesapeake Run G.C. is located at 6430 S. 250 West in North Judson, IN 46366
* Drive time approx. 45 minutes from Central Lake County Indiana
* Ask about membership opportunities
Congratulations to the Britain-Ireland team on their walker cup victory, as well as, team Europe's victory in the Solheim Cup. The U.S. had dominated the competition, and held both cups since 2003, but worldwide golf got the shot in the arm it needed this time, and this will definitely help the entire sport in the long run.
In an event held closer to home, Chris Fischer came out on top in the 57th edition of the Porter Amatuer Championship - Nice job Chris!
And (16) year old Lexi Thompson has won on the LPGA Tour! Remember that name.
Calumet College Men's Golf Team is having a solid year. The team, which includes Chesterton’s Nick Stasil, and Boone Grove’s Tyler Nicol - looks to have a bright future.
Scherwood C.C. is having a 2-man scramble on Oct. 8th - (1) Hdcp Division (1) Scratch Division - give them a call (219)865-2554. And check out their "Big Cup" event on Oct. 22nd - finally gives you a chance to make a few putts!
Sandy Pines is hosting a "Bring Your Best" scramble on Saturday Oct. 15th. 4-person event - limited to (1) pro per group - Contact Brad Burvan at (219) 987-3611.
I understand local golf professional Bill Springers' son Matt recently came into town - thru up a smooth (65) at Wicker Park - and returned to Florida to continue with his own golfing goals - Good Luck Matt!
Remember to tune in to " The Preacher" at his new hours of 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. M-F on WJOB 1230AM. I will be on the show Thursday Oct. 6th at 5:00 P.M. Give me a call at (219)845-1100 or you can view the show by logging on to: www.WJOB1230.com.
American Legion Post #100 in Lake Station will be hosting a special HALLOWEEN WRESTLING SHOW - Always raising money for a good cause - And Jeff Lenzo (our star local wrestler) promises to bring out his #9 Iron :Check it out: Friday Oct. 21st.
Bridges Scoreboard recently held a successful fundraiser at Sherwood G.C. for Joyce Harder - Best wishes to all!
Whiting Chamber of Commerce is having their latest great annual festival - OKTOBERFEST - on Saturday Oct. 8th. Food, fun, they always do it right!
And speaking of doing it right - A tip of the hat to Northwoods Saloon & Restaurant in Schererville for their Salute Honoring The Fallen on this 10th anniversary of 9/11. In fact all of the events here in the region on that day were something we can be proud of.
Saturday Oct.15th from 1-5 P.M. Hawthorne Park in Porter is hosting a "Porter’s Perfect Pint" Festival - a fundraiser for Porter’s Fire & Parks Depts. - presented by Pat’s Liquors and Leroy’s "Hot Stuff" - Food, brew, music, prizes, etc. Call Leroy’s for info (219) 926-6211.
The 1st Dawn Brancheau Foundation "Dream Big" walk is being held Oct. 16th at Hidden Lake park in Merrillville. This walk benefits many local community groups & projects. Call Diane at (219) 322-5916 for info.
And a benefit for Rich Nawrocki Jr. will be held Friday Nov. 4th at the Knights of Columbus Hall (across from the South Shore Station) - for info. Call Chris at (219) 844-4649. Rich is in need of a kidney & pancreas transplant, and could use our help.
Thanks to everyone who entered our September quiz. The winners were drawn on Thursday Sept. 29th at Freddy’s Steakhouse in Hammond during "The Preachers' Jukebox". The winners for free rounds of golf were: Ed Kaczmarski (Palmira), Dan Leonard (Scherwood), Chuck Crawford (South Shore), Gary Ruvoli (Sandy Pines), Stacey Hastings (Lost Marsh), Flo Decker (Chesapeake Run), Martin Barn ($25 gift certificate at Freddy’s). Lots of fun was had by all. Call 947-4314 for your free prize. Check out “The Preachers” Jukebox" every Thursday at Freddy’s Steakhouse - located on 165th Ave & Kennedy starting at 6:00 P.M.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the facilities who generously supplied the prizes. Thank you as well to Jim,Tammy, and the staff at Freddy’s - and - "The Preacher" for his help and support.
When Mark Polus played #6 at Sandy Pines G.C. in Demotte this year he made an Eagle (2) on the par-4 _ Nice job! But, one shot short of the Ace he witnessed on the same hole last year by Mark Wilcox! The hole is not that easy guys!
"JOHNS PLACE" on Cline & Ridge in Griffith hosted a golf outing/steak dinner on Saturday Sept. 17th which included over (40) players - The golf was played at Wicker Park G.C., and everybody had a great time. But, one guy had an even better time - Charlie Puntillo - who made a double eagle (2) on the par-5 16th hole! Witnessed by Lou Vauter, Courtney Pirasko, and Ronnie Kotso. But wait, there's more: About 10 yrs ago on this same 16th hole his brother (Bennie Puntillo Jr.) also made a double eagle (2)! Two brothers making a double eagle on the same hole - what are the odds? I'm looking into it - but in the meantime Charlie…..buy a lottery ticket and call me with your numbers!
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 voice mail: (219) 947-4314. "NEW" - Check out our expanded website at: GolfPlusOnline.net.
October is the best time of year to play - courses are less crowded, temperatures are cool, and rates are lower. Take advantage. Check out Lost Marsh, Palmira, Glenwoodie, Turkey Creek, all the Hegan owned courses, and almost all other facilities for fall discounts. *This goes for J&M Golf and Ringo’s as well!
SPECIAL THANKS THIS MONTH:
To the players from Chesapeake Run G.C. - for their insight - Josh, Marlene, Gene and the entire staff for their hospitality - Sandy and Irene at the North Judson Public Library - Jeremy, Denise, Tim & Matt, and all the nice folks at Baileys, and Steve & Bob from the Railroad Museum. And most of all, my lovely wife Mary for all her help and support. And speaking of my wife Mary (AKA Mary Mystica) - a little shameless plug - she will be performing with her former fellow band members "TIMEPEACE" at Northwoods in Schererville on Sunday Oct. 9th at 7:00 P.M. - Consider this a "TIMEPEACE REUNION" - to benefit the "Tri-Town Safety Village".