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Golf keeps the Chicago Southland Green and On Course!

The Chicago Southland is a popular Midwest destination for golfers with its thirty-seven public and semi-private golf courses.

Playing host to the annual PGA Western Open and host of the 2003 U.S. Open, the Chicago Southland is a very visible golf location, with coverage on national TV, newspapers and sports magazines.

Olympia Fields, Illinois, was selected to host the 2003 U.S. Open less than five months after holding an extremely successful U.S. Senior Open in 1997. Olympia Fields Country Club opened for play in 1923 and hosted the 1928 U.S. Open.

"It's clear that Olympia Fields is one of the great old golf courses in the country," said F. Morgan Taylor Jr. of Chicago, Chairman of the United States Golf Association (USGA) Championship Committee.

Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont has been proud host of the Western Open since 1991. Golf Digest listed Cog Hill's "Dubsdread" course -- one of four courses at Cog Hill -- as one of the top-100 most difficult courses in the United States. Golfers can play this challenging course any day of the week.

The 40 golf courses in the Chicago Southland allow for a variety of play for both novices and experienced golfers.

Many Chicago Southland courses offer meeting and banquet facilities for those interested in putting business before pleasure. More than fifty hotels and motels are in the Chicago Southland to accommodate those planning an overnight stay.

For golfers desiring a break from the links, the Chicago Southland offers a huge array of additional entertainment, including gaming, outdoor recreational activities, zoos and much more. In addition, there's plenty to do for those interested in more the cerebral types of entertainment, like theatre, museums, sculpture parks, and architectural tours.

The Chicago Southland houses numerous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, a Dutch windmill, a historic airport hanger, and buildings and districts on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pullman Historic District, an 1880 model industrial town built by George Pullman to house his employees, includes the Hotel Florence Museum and Restaurant.

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University features 25 outdoor sculptures by world-renowned artists set on 400-acres of pristine Illinois prairie. Chicago Southland museums offer whimsical topics, too.

The Chicago Southland is unparalleled in recreational activities for the fit and adventurous. The region's forest preserves offer hiking/biking/skating paths, picnic facilities, fishing, cross country skiing, toboggan slides and even model airplane flying fields. Southland community park districts operate recreational facilities including indoor and outdoor pools (some with water slides), fitness centers, health and racquet clubs, and outdoor fields and courts for baseball, softball, soccer, football, rugby, basketball and tennis.

While you're out & about in the Chicago Southland, be sure to enjoy one of our fabulous restaurants that cater to e very taste. Restaurants featuring Italian, German, French, Mexican, Greek, Cajun, Chinese, Thai, and American food abound in the Chicago Southland, offering steaks, chops, seafood, salads, and much more!

Since golf's origin more than 600 years ago in Scotland, the sport continues to draw new enthusiasts, both young and old, motivating communities to accommodate golfers with championship courses, aesthetically pleasing settings, ample services, a variety of dining and entertainment options, and affordable prices. The Chicago Southland fits the bill for the modern golf enthusiast.

Call the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau today, toll-free, at 1-888-895-8233, for information on golf vacations and packages, or any of the other exciting activities available in the Chicago Southland, "Just Beyond The City Limits."

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