For the Last 49 and a half years, our region has watched as the marvelous Lake of the Four Season
“community development” and golf course has gone from what many considered an “impossible dream” to on
of the most successful stories in northwest Indiana’s history. Overcoming more than a few growing pains and
bumps in the road in its early stages, L.O.F.S. has now become a beautiful – and well-settled – home to
close to 10,000 residents, with year-round recreational opportunities for the entire family; (and), with a top
notch private golf course & club house “complex” to boot!
The Course Itself
Opened for play in early 1966, the Lake of the Four Seasons Golf Course has varied little – (not counting its vast improvement in the areas of course conditioning, etc.) – from the original design of golf course architect, Mr. James R. Thompson.
With its many tight landing areas, and a fun mix of dog-leg holes, mature trees, fairway and greenside bunkering – this par (72) eighteen hole course – measuring approximately 5,200 – 6,400 yards, from its (3) sets of tees – offers a fun and challenging test for golfers of all skill levels.
The course – now simply called – Four Seasons Country Club – is fully private – (meaning, if you would like to play, you must include a member or resident in your party) – is, however, very “outing friendly” (and) open to outside, sponsored groups of all sizes.
Here are just a few of the features that this fine property has to offer: a (50) station grass driving range, a fine putting green and short game practice area – (all beautifully conditioned just like the course itself) – due to the talented efforts of GCSAA Superintendent Mr. Doug Weiss and his staff; a full slate of men’s and women’s club events and junior programs – (including a forward-thinking “family-course” concept on its back nine); continuous cart paths and excellent drainage throughout the course with well-marked yardage postings to the front/middle/and backs of the greens; new carts – and starters/marshals to assist with pace of play “(and)” a very well designed golf clubhouse – consisting of a fully stocked golf shop (and) a perfect “19th Hole” restaurant/bar with full kitchen, room for 80+ inside and a covered pavilion area with room for 100+ more directly north of the locker room/lounge area. The course is also home to the Boone Grove HS boys & girls golf teams, and lessons are available from long-time resident, Crown Point HS grad, and Director of Golf Paul Boris – or his equally talented asst., Golf Professional Doug Franz.
More – Much! More
What am I missing?! – Oh yeah – the development that is Lake of the Four Seasons that envelops this fine course!
Built on over 1,800 acres – with 25+ miles! of streets in this gem of a gated community – the overall L.O.F.S. property truly has it all! Ready? How about (4) very large lakes with boating & fishing opportunities form every shore – athletic fields of all types – an exceptional swimming pool complex – tennis courts – a dog park – (13) parks, playgrounds, beaches, (and), a well-designed clubhouse & restaurant complex of approx. 7,500 sq ft – perfect for weddings, banquets, etc. – (and open to the public) – all set in the growing Winfield/Crown Point, Indiana area with its excellent schools and forward-thinking community leaders.
If you have never been to Lake of the Four Seasons Golf & Country Club – check it out – if you haven’t been there lately, you will be surprised by its maturity and growth, it just goes to show * if you “dream big” – big dreams can come true! …And no writing on L.O.F.S. could possibly be complete without mentioning the unbelievable “plantings” that surround and are interspersed throughout the entirety of the property, due to the exceptional efforts of Kim White – (when you go, you’ll see what I mean!).
Lake of the Four Seasons is located less than an hour drive from the city of Chicago – approx. (15) minutes from the intersection of I-65 and Rte. 30 in northwest Indiana. The address to the main clubhouse complex is 1048 North Lakeshore Drive, Crown Point, Indiana, 46307. The phone number is 219-988-2581 & the website is www.lofs.org - see you there in 2016 for the grand golden anniversary!
On The Tours
The LPGA – Last month held their last major of the year – and the Evian Championship – played in Evian-Les-Bains, France – became the 1st major victory for (18) year old Lydia Ko of New Zealand – who fired a Sunday round of (63) – setting the all-time record for the lowest final round in LPGA Major Tournament history! And also in September – how about a big wave of the stars and stripes for the victorious U.S. team who brought home the Solheim Cup from St. Leon-Rot Germany – (the LPGA equivalent of the men’s Ryder Cup) – with a final of 14 ½ to 13 ½ total – nice job!
The European Tour – Saw the Russian Open title captured by veteran English tourist Lee Slattery – while the Porche European Open Championship went to T. Jaidee of India.
The Champions Tour – Unfortunately was forced to cancel the long awaited Pacific Links Open Championship (for a variety of political/technical reasons) – and in a limited September schedule, it witnessed the fine First Tee Open victory go to the multi-talented Esteban Toledo of Mexico.
The Men’s PGA Tour – Just kept “showing off” their great young stars, as (26) year old Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship, Jason Day (27) won the BMW Championship in nearby Lake Forest, Illinois, and (22) year old – player of the year – Jordan Speith won the season-ending tour championship – securing the FedEx title – (with its (10) million dollar bonus!) – regaining the world #1 ranking! This season was among the finest I can remember for exciting golf on all the tours – (I will recap in November) – example? …In September alone, we saw (3) players on the PGA Tour advance to the position of #1 in the world – Rory – then Jason – and now Jordan!
(And) there’s more – don’t miss the upcoming (Oct. 8th – 11th) President’s Cup – as the U.S. takes on a team of international stars at the Jack Nicklaus GC in Incheon City, South Korea – it definitely will be worth watching!
Remember those fall & twilight rates are in effect at all local courses – we still have a lot of good weather ahead – and take advantage of the many facilities that offer early (2016) memberships with the balance of (2015) free! Call around…
For some fun fall golf events – Try South Shore CC of Cedar Lake’s annual Chili Open Saturday Oct 17th – Details – (219)374-6070 Or Palmira GC of St. John, Indiana’s Oct 14th “Turkey Shoot” & Oct 27th Black Friday Open – Call 219-365-4331 for info. How about the “Big Cup Scramble” – also Saturday Oct 17th at the Glenwoodie Golf Club in Glenwood, IL – (708)758-1212. And for great buys of all golf products, make it out (Fri thru Sun – Nov 20th – 22nd) to the Annual Illiana Golf Sale – at Balmoral Woods CC in Crete, IL – (708)672-7448.
For some more non-golf fun – Check out the wonderful – family friendly – Fair Oaks Farm’s Annual Cowtober Fest Oct 10th – 11th – info – (877)836-1194. And for those who enjoy a pint – go on out to Munster, Indiana’s Centennial Park for Ale Fest – Sat. Oct 17th from 1-5 in the afternoon – music, beer, food – (219)836-6930 for info. (Or) if you are just looking for a great place to hang out after golf & watch golf and other sports – with weekly live music & cold beer in a friendly environment – how about going to see/and congratulate new owners Margo & Dave Dye at the famous John’s Tavern in Griffith, Indiana *Long owned by the legendary golfing Plohg family of our area. Margo, Dave, and the gang really make you feel at home – located on Cline Ave. just a wedge south of Ridge Road – (219)838-4490. * And if you run out of $, put it on Zim’s tab – he won’t mind!
Thanks for the feedback! From the “oops” department – I got a lot of calls about the article on Mystic Hills GC in Culver, Indiana asking how the course could have been built by Pete Dye & opened in 1868?! – Well, obviously Pete Dye is not (180) years old – the course opened in 1968 – typo’s happen! But I’m glad you are following the column & thanks for keeping us on our toes!
Congratulations to all who participated in the year-long Pepsi Illiana Challenge Series – another great year – great job players & (also) to all the courses who worked around some pretty rough weather conditions. – And a welcome (and) congrats to new head coach at Purdue Calumet – PGA Golf Professional Randy Wexter – who took over the men’s program this year & is putting together a women’s program at this moment – any recruits out there! Good guy – I’m sure he’ll do a great job!
And now: How about an October contest? Easy question – Look back in this column for the answer! Who just won the FedEx Cup title and returned to the #1 world ranking? – Got the answer? Call 219-588-9796 – only on Saturday Oct 17th between 8:00AM – noon to win – the 1st (8) callers will win golf w/ cart for (2) players to one of our area’s finest courses – just leave your first name and a return phone number – we will call by Oct 30th if you are a winner – Good luck!
Special thanks this month: To Director of Golf at L.O.F.S. Paul Boris, Superintendent Doug Weiss, and all the staff including: Ray, Tyler, Ass’t Pro Doug Franz, Tony Heather, Head Chef Casey, Ass’t Chef Eric, and Caryn at the office – and to my lovely wife Mary for always supporting my writing – and also to Mike Modrzejewski for his incredible help (&) happy b-day to Mike & my daughter Stacey in October.
As always, I appreciate any comments, suggestions, questions, stories, etc. Please contact me at our e-mail address: email@example.com or leave me a voicemail at (219)947-4314, and to read past golf course reviews – or to just visit Golf Plus newspaper online – visit our website at GolfPlusOnline.net.
Lastly: From a few signs seen at Lake of the Four Seasons – “May the ball lie in greener pastures/and not in still waters.” – “Golf is an easy game – it’s just hard to play.” -and- “Life is a game – golf is serious!”
See ya - Pete