As summer draws to a close, so do a variety of improvements to Palatine Park District's Palatine Hills Golf Course.
From the entrance culvert project back in March to the completion of the new stone pillar entrance gate completed in August, the course has gone through a season of changes in an effort to enhance the presentation and quality of the course.
The new stone pillars and motorized gate feature the course emblem with the clubhouse easily visible just beyond.
"The visual connection to the course is now made through this new vista," said Superintendent of Facilities Steven Nagle. "It's a welcoming entrance that lets you know something great is back there."
Planned updates behind the gate include new siding to the clubhouse, a sea wall off the 16th hole creek and, recently completed, a new Short Course Practice Area at Palatine Hills, where golfers can learn to improve their shots within the scoring zone.
To effectively better your performance inside 100 yards, golfers need a designated area to practice a variety of short game shots.
"The scoring zone begins where each individual golfer begins using their wedge," according to Head Golf Professional Dan Hotchkin. "Wherever your scoring zone begins -- be it 100 yards or 40 yards -- improving your skills is the easiest way to lower your scores."
The Short Course Practice Area consists of three green complexes that each offer golfers the opportunity to practice their short game up to 75 yards and closer. Private use of a green complex, golf balls, shag bag, and range finder is $7 for 45 minutes and only $10 to share a complex with a friend.
"The park district remains diligent on the focus and proper planning within our capital, repair and replacement plans to maintain our current facilities and related infrastructure," said Executive Director Mike Clark.
"The projects at Palatine Hills are a result of this diligence and will enhance the golfing experience for all, while hopefully attracting new customers of all ages, skills, and interests."
Fall rates at Palatine Hills are now in effect that apply to both residents and nonresidents. Play 18 holes Monday through Friday with a cart for $39 and on weekends for only $44.
Those looking to play 9 holes can do so with a cart for $24 Monday through Friday and $29 on weekends.
Call the Pro Shop at (847) 359-4020 or visit palatinehills.org for more details.
For information about the enhancement projects at Palatine Hill Golf Course, contact Head Golf Professional Dan Hotchkin at (847) 496-6310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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