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                                      Deer Creek Golf Club, located in Chicago’s South Suburban Community of University Park, IL, has 
                                   everything you are looking for in a golf facility. Strong ownership (and) dedicated professionals who “care,” a 
                                   beautifully conditioned golf course & practice area (that challenges even the finest of players) – while allowing 
                                   higher handicap -or- novice golfers the opportunity to enjoy their round; a perfect clubhouse setting for any 
                                   outing or event; a very active league & tournament calendar; (and) all at a more than reasonable rate structure!
A Brief History
   Deer Creek Golf Club opened in 1975. The design and construction are the product of the exceptionally talented golf course architect E. Lawrence Packard. A gentleman who worked with hundreds of golf course “projects” -or- original designs throughout the world – including sites in many European nations, Egypt, and South Korea. Closer to home, Mr. Packard’s construction expertise has touched some of the Midwest’s finest golf facilities – including the wonderful Eagle Ridge GC & Resort in Galena, Illinois, and Homewood, Illinois’ own Calumet Country Club.
   The current Deer Creek Golf Course is an (18) hole course with perfectly conditioned poa/bent – tree lined fairways; (55) Count ‘em! sand traps – (large & also in excellent condition); (7) lakes/ponds allowing for some very challenging shots (and) assisting with drainage – (*more on that later) – (5) sets of strategically placed tees (measuring from 5,100 – 6,900+ yards) – allowing all levels of players to enjoy the course; an outstanding (300) yard (60) tee driving range – which includes an adjacent (50) yard short game & sand play practice area; Maybe?! The Region’s most demanding (3) finishing holes -and- rolling “expansive” bent grass greens that are among the finest in all of the Midwest!
   Deer Creek GC has (75) well-conditioned golf carts w/ covers & windshields, is well marked for yardages, is extremely outing friendly & has a large scoreboard for your convenience, has a daily beverage cart on the course, pull carts are available, is home to a variety of mixed, women’s, men’s (and) senior leagues; has various programs for junior golfers; pays close attention to pace of play; offers an excellently priced season pass; is open year round; includes information hole lay-out signs on each tee; has replay, senior & junior rates – (including) a “Junior plays FREE rate” after 4:00PM * (with a paying adult on week-days); and thanks to the continuous cart paths, and the well-designed irrigation & drainage systems, the course has not closed (one) day (due to excessive rain) – in at least (10) years!!
The Clubhouse
   The spacious clubhouse at Deer Creek GC is home to “McDuffers” Lounge & Restaurant (also open year round) – serving a full “Pub Grub” menu -and- of course all of your favorite “after round” beverages – a great place to watch golf on TV, relax, and double-check your partners scorecard! The lounge has a connecting banquet room with great views & holds (150+) *Perfect for outings & special events; the full kitchen offers breakfast on Sat. & Sun. (and) dinner on week-day evenings; a large outdoor deck with umbrella-covered tables – just right for “triple-checking” your partners scorecard! And the golf shop inside the clubhouse offers all the “necessities,” and a comfortable spot to view a replay of your video golf lesson(s).
   Majority owners William & Gwen Smith (since 1999) -and- the staff of highly-qualified and talented professionals at Deer Creek Golf Club – including – Superintendent Mark Nebesnyk (25 years); Director of Operations, Head golf professional and part Owner Robert Speaker; General Manager & golf professional Ken McCormick; Assistant golf professional Ed Casper, (and) indeed all members of the Deer Creek “family” go that “extra mile” to make your experience at this fine facility a pleasant one (and one you will want to repeat!). Come on out and see for yourself why everyone agrees Deer Creek Golf Club is fun, challenging, and truly…“Has It All!”
   Deer Creek Golf Club is easy to find – located on Western Ave – approx (1/2) mile south of the intersection of Western Ave & Exchange Ave on the far south side of University Park, IL. (And) just about (2) miles west (on Exchange Ave) of downtown Crete, IL. The course is about (25) miles from downtown Chicago, IL – and a (30-40 minute) (Max) drive from almost anywhere in Northwest Indiana. The address is 25055 S. Western Ave – University Park, IL 60484…for information, call (708)672-6668. See you there!
Golf Shots
   Congratulations to Justin Rose on his US Open victory! With that newly acquired short-game, and his improved putting, this 1st “Major” victory may just be the beginning. (And) how about that Merion GC – still holding up to the test of time – against the World’s Best, and against “Modern” equipment! …Also: We are “officially” watching history – LPGA star Inbee Park (by winning the recent Women’s US Open) – has now won the 1st (3) “Majors” of the year! Rarified air indeed!
   Get ready – dust off your clubs – and loosen up that swing – Gleason Park GC in Gary, Indiana has set the date for its “Reunion” event! On Saturday August 17th, the grand old course would like you to come “home” to visit! Anyone who grew up playing Gleason – please try and make it – for details, call Bob Farag at (219)980-1089. And prior to that –(How about a tune-up?) – Gleason will host the “Travis Freeman Memorial Golf Classic” on Saturday July 20th – call Gwen at the same # for info.
   Still time to get in – the Highland Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing is being held at Wicker Park GC in Highland, IN on Friday July 19th – put together a team and have some fun – for outing (or) sponsorship info – call Mary -or- Shannon at (219)923-3666.
   Wednesday August 7th is the date for the (8th) Annual Make-A-Wish Foundation Golf Outing – call Charlotte at (219)663-0989 for details. This event is going to be at Youche CC in Crown Point, IN – (and) in conjunction with CarStar & all the participants – makes a few dreams come true – try and help out if you can.
   Join a lot of our friends – as they come together -again- for the 15th Annual “Rally for a Cure” Golf Outing to benefit the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation. The date is Saturday July 13th – and will be held at Duck Creek GC in Hobart, IN – call Susie Paris at (219)759-5870 – she’ll give you the info.
   Another great cause will benefit from proceeds achieved at the Judy Styles Memorial Foundation Golf Outing – being held Saturday July 13th at the Glenwoodie GC in Glenwood, IL. – This event will honor Mrs. Styles by donating all $ raised to benefit colon cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University – for info – email
   (Two) great golf events are being held at Creekside GC in Valparaiso, IN on Thursday July 18th – one event includes a youth “skills” competition -and- later that afternoon a “multi-generation” golf outing will be played. Call (219)531-7888 for details. Fun for the whole family!
   Check out – the high school girls golf clinic – at Cedar Creek GC in Cedar Lake, IN. The clinic runs July 22nd thru July 26th from 8-10AM daily, and offers a kick-start to young ladies considering a try out for their high school golf team. Call (219)365-2902 for all the details.
   And another event for the kids is being held Monday July 15th at the fine Lost Marsh of Hammond golf facility in Hammond, IN. “The First Tee of Hammond Golf Classic” – sponsored by the Hammond Optimist Club – is open – (and) FREE to all interested junior golfers ages (4-17). This event may be filling up fast – so call Tiffani English at (219)228-2528 to reserve your spot.
Quick Shots
   The famed Pepsi-Illiana Golf Tour is in full swing – and some great scores have been posted. This month brings the players to (4) more fine tracks – Aberdeen, Pheasant Valley, Glenwoodie, and Sandy Pines – Good luck to all – and if you have an interest in joining in, call Scherwood GC at (219)865-2554 for details.
   Don’t Miss: Sign-ups for the historic Lake-Porter Golf Classic – being held August 3rd & 4th at Palmira GC in St. John, IN. (4) flights available! Log on to for info.
   And congratulations to all who participated in the storied Gary Amateur Golf Tourney held recently at Gleason Park GC in Gary IN. The course looked great & the scores were truly outstanding. The Championship flight was won by John Flanagan – narrowly edging out Tom Zimmerman for the title; “A” Flight was won by Mark Barenie; the Senior Champion was Charles Prewitt; the “Super” Senior title was won by Marv Selby; and the Women’s Gary Amateur Champion for 2013 is Natalie Achten. Well done!
   Join the fun: This year I will be appearing as a guest on “The Back Room” radio show starring “Larry The K” and “Big George.” I will be on their show the (3rd) Thursday of every month at approx. 7:00PM – to discuss local golf goings on & GIVING AWAY a few rounds of golf to some of our fine local courses. For a CHANCE TO WIN - or just to listen in – tune in to WJOB1230AM -or- log on to to view the show. The call-in number is (219)845-1100 – Good Luck!
   Did you know – that Lansing Country Club in Lansing, IL is open to the public on Mondays all season long -and- at the cost of only $19.00 for (18) holes w/ cart?! Check it out! For tee times, call (708)474-1590.
   (And) Balmoral Woods GC in Crete IL offers “Good Evening Golf” every evening after 5PM. Only $2.00 per hole w/ cart! *(3) hole minimum. – no tee times are necessary – great if you are just trying to get in a few holes after work – call (708)672-7448 for info.
   (And more) Scherwood GC in Schererville, IN offers – (for $25.00 including cart) – Thursday Golf “Daily Fee!” Start at 10:00AM and play ‘til dark! – You cannot beat that – call Scherwood at (219)865-2554 for info.
   Special thanks this month: To all the fine folks out at Deer Creek Golf Club – especially golf professional Ken McCormick and golf course Superintendent Mark Nebesnyk – place looks great guys! To Michael Modrzejewski for all his fine work, and to my lovely wife Mary for her help & support. And as Always, I appreciate any comments, suggestions, questions, stories, etc. Please contact me at our e-mail address: 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
   ALSO – DON’T FORGET: A “Big Deal” is coming to Hammond, IN August 9th-16th – the 2013 Cal Ripken World Series! Teams from throughout the nation will be competing for this coveted title – come on out & see some future major leaguers – as they take the field at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex. For tickets, info, or sponsorship opportunities, call (219)512-4543.
   Lastly: My favorite golfer – Chi Chi Rodriguez – is always making with the jokes – quote: “I asked my caddie for a sand wedge, and (10) minutes later he comes back with a ham on rye!!” – See you all next month!
Deer Creek GC - In University Park, IL - "Has It All"
by Pete Mandich
GPO Correspondent