When you combine an established (high quality) golf facility – with a forward thinking (new) ownership (&)
management team – you can only project positives for the future. At River Pointe Country Club in Hobart,
Indiana, this most assuredly is the case. The beneficiary? Golfers throughout our region!
Hobart, IN – A Real Brief History
Having already covered the history of Hobart, IN in a past article, I’ll just mention a few highlights. Established in 1847 by George Earle – an Englishman who came to the area to open a sawmill – Mr. Earle purchased a large tract of land from the legendary Pottawatomie Chief Ben Ack. This land included a section of the deep river, that he went on to dam, forming what is currently Lake George. Mr. Earle named the town “Hobart” – which was the middle name of his beloved brother back in England. The first brickyard opened in 1872 – very successful because of the abundance of clay in the area – and where the local sports teams eventually would get the nickname “Brickies.” And one slice of trivia – a gentleman named Tell Taylor – who as a young man sat near the sight of Mr. Earle’s sawmill – penned the famous song “Down By The Old Mill Stream” – (for those of us old enough to remember!).
The current town of Hobart is a community of approx. 26,000 residents – with over (50) civic/charitable organizations – a vibrant downtown area of shops (&) restaurants, a beautiful riverfront pathway (including the Revelli Bandshell); and which is home to many lakefront festivals & special events. Hobart is a place with many well-established homes, but at the same time growing in all directions – including the large Westfield Mall area. (And) which has been known for many years as the “Friendly City.”
River Pointe CC
River Pointe CC is a beautifully designed and maintained (27) hole golf course located in the southeastern area of the town of Hobart, IN. Completed in the early 1970’s, River Pointe was built in large part by (and for) executives working at the local US Steel Corporation. Known as the “Supervisors Club” for approx. (40) years, the course was opened as a “private” club (&) still maintains the conditioning, and appearance that you would expect at a private country club. Prior to development as a golf course, the land was home to a large dairy farm (&) ranch, and was once rumored to be a hide-out of sorts for the notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone. But set one step on the property, and you will immediately realize this expanse of land, natural ponds & vegetation, etc. was just waiting to become a golf course.
In approx. 2007, the course changed hands, opened to the public, and was operated by a private golf management company. (And) beginning this season, “new” ownership – (the same owners that own & operate White Hawk CC in Crown Point, IN (&) The Brassie GC in Chesterton) – have taken over – and the improvements being made are already highly visible.
The management team – headed by long time region golf fixture, (and Lake Central HS grad), General Manager Steve Ehlert – have listened -and- learned to their golfing customers this year, and plan to move forward: ex: new membership packages, *A “Prime Time” card system, and “Platinum” golf packages (allowing for play at River Pointe, The Brassie, & White Hawk) are now available for 2014.
All (27) holes at River Pointe CC are in fantastic condition – (thanks to veteran golf course Superintendent Todd Adams, his assistant Mike Martin, and my new buddy – Mechanic John Powers. The tree-lined fairways are a wonderful strain of blue grass, and the poa/bent greens are among the finest in our area. The fairway & greenside bunkering is equally well-maintained, and the rough, (though thick & healthy), is mowed down to a very reasonable height. The (4) sets of tees – measuring 5,000 to 6,600 yds – allow all players to enjoy their round; the many dog-leg holes are “sporty,” yet challenging; and the efficient drainage, (15!) ponds, & continuous cart paths ensure that the course will be open on all but the worst of weather days.
River Pointe CC is home to both the boys & girls Hobart HS golf teams; is very senior and junior friendly (with special rates for both) (&) great rates exist for all players; the golf carts are brand new w/covers & windshields; the golf shop & snack area is a comfortable place to relax, watch TV, or just “hang-out” with friendly employees like Linda, Alexis, or Corynne! There are beautiful homes & townhouses on/near the course in the Deep River Pointe subdivision; outings are encouraged, and the course offers a large outdoor pavilion -or- picnic area with grilling options (including grill master Rocco!); a large number of league opportunities exist, pull carts are available (the course is also very walker friendly); rangers/marshals – including new friends Jack & Scott – ensure a good pace of play; the driving range & practice area (including a sand play practice area) are in great shape; and, Karen will keep you “refreshed” with her ever-moving beverage cart on the course.
River Pointe CC is a wonderful place to enjoy a day of golf! With its quiet & peaceful “natural” surroundings, its fun atmosphere, (with maybe a shot or two at birdie), and its “new” and highly professional ownership & management team – River Pointe is definitely moving forward & “Pointe(d)” in the right direction!
River Pointe CC is located in Hobart, Indiana approx. (15) minutes from the intersection of I-65 & Rte. #30 – Follow Rte. #30 east to Rte. #51, go north on Rte. #51 & follow the signs – it is easy to find, but call ahead if you have questions – (219)942-2747 (the address is 6700 CC Rd., Hobart, IN 46342 -or- www.riverpointecc.net. A lot to like & one of our areas best values to boot!
Congratulations to Henrik Stenson on his recent victory at the Fed-Ex Cup Championship – the PGA Tour’s final season tourney (and) on his winning the year-long overall Fed-Ex Cup Championship. Once dropping as low as 641st in the world rankings – his hard work has really paid off – (10+ million)! Also, congrats to Tiger Woods for winning “Player of the Year” honors for his (5) victories in 2013. And how about Jim Furyk shooting a (59!) at Conway Farms CC in Lake Forest, Illinois in the recent BMW Championship! (And) last, but not least, to all the champions & participants in this year’s Pepsi-Illiana Challenge series – great job by all – and also to the facilities who hosted these fine players!
Stuff: Balmoral Woods GC in Crete, IL will once again be hosting the fall (senior) edition of the Will County Amateur – Oct 12th & 13th & will be holding its annual fall multi-shop golf equipment & apparel sale Nov 15th, 16th, & 17th – call for info (708)672-7448.
- White Hawk CC in Crown Point, IN will be holding their annual Chili “Big Cup” Scramble Sat Oct 12th – call (219)661-2323 for details.
- J&M Golf, Ringo’s, & Cam Golf’s wholesale division has great sales upcoming as well – check them out!
- Oct 21st – Monday – Starts “Rio’s” indoor golf leagues in Valparaiso, Indiana – hurry & join in the fun – call (219)465-5200 for info.
- Glenwoodie GC in Glenwood, IL will be having its annual “Bring Your Best” Big Cup Scramble Sat Oct 19th – call (708)758-1212 to sign up.
- Indian Ridge GC in Hobart, IN will be having fun with its annual “String Bean” Tourney Oct 26th (Sat). Bring your own team – call (219)942-6850.
- South Shore CC in Cedar Lake, IN host their Chili Open Sat Oct 19th – call (219)374-6070 for fun & chili!
- And great sales, low rates, and 2014 early discounted membership packages are everywhere: including Mink Lake GC, Centennial Park GC, Scherwood GC, Sandy Pines, Chicago Hghts Pk Dist courses, Forest Park GC, Cedar Creek GC, Turkey Creek GC, Deer Creek GC, Creekside GC, Lincoln Oaks GC, The Brassie, The Course At Aberdeen, Minne Monesse Whittaker Woods GC, Lost Marsh, Duck Creek GC, Oak Knoll GC, Innsbrook CC, Briar Ridge CC, Deer Creek GC, Pheasant Valley GC, Summertree GC, Gleason Park GC, and more – call your favorite for details.
- Charity: A breast cancer run/walk is being held Sunday Oct 13th at the Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville, IN – call Linda at (219)902-4758 if you can participate (or) help in any way.
- Never too early to plan: The Tinley Park Golf Expo at the Tinley Park Convention Center will be held Feb 7th – 9th, 2014 with hundreds of exhibits, interactive events, and most all major companies displaying the latest & greatest golf equipment, to find out more (or to have your own booth) call (708)990-3779 – (or) www.tinleyparkgolfexpo.com.
- Also: The East Chicago Athletic Department will hold its 1st Annual Cardinal Classic Sat Oct 12th at Wicker Park GC – call Trino Cavazos at (219)670-1737 for info.
Many people think the golf season ends in August or early September – but others of us know this is the perfect time of year to go on out to the course. Less crowds, crisp air, low rates, etc. Give it a shot! (And) has (everybody) noticed the great shape all our local courses are in? Lets all give a big “thumbs-up” to our local golf course superintendents – Great Job!!
If you would like to win?! – Join the fun as I appear 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. 6:30PM – 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 www.wjob1230am.com to view the show. The call-in number is (219)845-1100 – Good Luck!
Special thanks this month: To Steve Ehlert and his entire staff at River Pointe CC, and to Michael Modrzejewski & my lovely wife Mary for their help & support.
And – under the “oops” file: No matter how many times we edit this writing, we always make “tyyppos” – well last month while writing about The Course At Aberdeen, it really stood out in this regard. I started by saying that the course would really challenge your kills! (skills): Then I misspelled Asst Superintendent John Mischke’s name – sorry John -and- a long list of golfers I met at Aberdeen were completely omitted – including members Carol & Rick, players on the course Eric & Joe, Todd & Lenny, Eric & Denne (correct spelling!), Mike, Janet, PJ & Faye of the Michiana Senior Golf Association - Valpo University Golf team members – Kyle Henning, Thomas Wettstein, Eric Winters, Matt Ward, Joe Harris, Michael Holevas, Ryan Heck, Jared Magnoline, and Annie Gaugert. As well as Joyce, Larry & Chris at the Valparaiso Public Library – I’ll try to do better! And 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)947-4313, and to read past golf course reviews – or to just visit Golf Plus newspaper online – visit our website at GolfPlusOnline.net.
On a personal note: Excuse me for sending out this highly personal message – but since they are loyal readers – Congratulations to my wonderful daughter Stacey & her new husband George on their recent wedding – Love you & best wishes always.
And lastly: The late, great comedian Jack Benny once said about golf: Give me a set of clubs, fresh air, and a beautiful partner -and- you can keep the set of clubs and the fresh air!