FALL GOLF IS HERE FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY AS I BEGIN writing my last column of the year, I realize that summer golf is behind us. The season is far from done, but some of you “summer” golfers might be thinking of putting your clubs away for the winter. Don’t do it! Fall in Chicagoland is my favorite time of year to play golf. You’ve put in many rounds and should have figured out what you do right and wrong, and your short game and putting should be at their best. The temps can be a bit chilly in early in the morning or late in the day, but all in all, some of our best weather in the upper Midwest is in autumn. I play with some pretty hardy folks who like fall golf, and most of us have cart covers and heaters for those colder days. Rarely do we stop regular play until after November. And if the weather cooperates, we continue into the winter months. You may find that with some planning and by visiting winter golf practice locations (see Mike Munro’s article in this issue), you can keep your game in shape till the days start getting longer in spring. I got a phone call the other day from an older gentleman. He had a question and asked if I could help him out. Obviously, I was more than pleased to try. “What are the qualifications for being invited to The Masters?” he asked. Now I’m a golf buff, but knowing all the ways one can qualify for the Masters? It’s not a question I could answer off the top of my head. My suggestion was to Google it, but then he said he and his wife didn’t have access to a computer. Fair enough. I looked it up quickly, finding his answer within a couple of keystrokes. We walked through the options. After our conversation, it hit me that we at Chicagoland Golf are here to help all of the golfing public understand the game and to keep you informed on what’s happening. We are pleased to help with any questions or concerns from our readers. I’m not saying we have all the answers—far from it— but we can generally point someone in the right direction. You can call us at 847-683-4770 (please leave a message if we don’t answer) or email me directly at email@example.com. It might take a couple of days, but I always respond (except when it’s nasty spam mail). Additionally, if you see something we should be aware of, please send us a note. The more input we get from our readers, the more we can help all the golfers in our coverage area. This will be our last issue of 2017, a little earlier than in years past. We look very closely at our distribution and readership as our method of dropping off copies at various facilities. It’s not good to have copies leftover at the end of the month. So, we try hard to adjust how many we leave at each location and keep track of any leftovers. You can always find the issues online via our website. The electronic issues look exactly like the paper version (but no black fingers). You can find them at chicagolandgolf.net We added an April issue this year that was very successful. Thus, combining our September and October issue into the Fall issue you are reading keeps us at the seven issues per year that we have published for many years. In the past, we published a Chicago Golf Show issue so that we would have something to pass out to everyone attending the annual event in Rosemont. In 2017 we teamed up with the Chicago Golf Show to produce its program in a glossy magazine-sized format. It was a tremendous success, so we’ll do it again in 2018. The Chicago Golf Show will be held February 23-25 in Rosemont. We will also distribute copies of the Chicago Golf Show program to our regular sites around Chicagoland. Many thanks to the owner of the Chicago Golf Show—you are great folks to work with and put on one of the best golf shows anywhere. And thanks to everyone for all they have done to make this paper what it is today. We couldn’t do it without all of you!
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