The spring weather couldn't come too early for some golfers to be ready for the season, but courses all over the Chicago area are now buzzing with life.
It's time to get out and play some golf, and Chicago offers some incredible opportunities for golfers of any ability and age.
There are a number of high-profile courses all over the Chicago area that can be played this summer.
12294 Archer Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439
Cog Hill has been home to a number of great professional tournaments, including the PGA's BMW Championship the last few years. Course #4, the renown "Dubsdread," is a challenging course that has given the likes of Phil Mickelson fits over the years.
Harborside International Golf Center
11001 South Doty Avenue East
Chicago, IL 60628
Harborside not only offers incredible views of the beautiful Chicago skyline, but has been named one of the country's best municipal golf courses by a number of publications, including Golf Week Magazine.
Pine Meadow Golf Club
1 Pine Meadow Lane
Mundelein, IL 60060
Pine Meadow has earned more awards than most clubs in the Chicago area, including a recent mention as one of the best clubfitters in the country by Golf Digest Magazine. They offer a gorgeous, tree-lined course for affordable greens fees.
There are a number of other courses at which avid golfers can pursue 18 great holes.
The Chicago Park District Golf site offers the ability to book tee times at eight fantastic courses throughout the Chicagoland area. Click over to CPDGolf.com for more information.
The Chicago District Golf Association has a number of new offerings for members this year, including the ability to book tee times through an app on your mobile device. They also publish Chicago District Golfer Magazine. For more information, click to CDGA.com.
The PGA has called many Chicago courses home for tournaments in recent years, and this year will bring a very special event to a Chicago-area course:
Medinah Country Club will host the prestigious 2012 Ryder Cup. From Sept. 28-30, some of the best golfers in the world will take their best efforts to the links at Medinah in a great competition between the United States' best and those from the rest of the world. For tickets to the Ryder Cup at Medinah, click here.