Deerpath Golf Course, in partnership with the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation, the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, and KemperSports, has broken ground on The Lawn, a community asset dedicated to serving golfers from all areas, including the residents of Lake Forest, Ill. This free-to-use greenspace will cover more than 30,000 square feet, consisting of a bentgrass putting and chipping experience providing practice options for both novice and avid players.
The Lawn, and its designer Todd Quinto, were inspired by the public-access Ladies’ Putting Course in St. Andrews, Scotland and renowned putting courses such as The Punchbowl at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, The Gauntlet at Streamsong Resort, and Thistle Due at Pinehurst Resort. The Lawn’s footprint will offer an 18-hole putting course and three-hole chipping course, surrounded by a 15-foot chipping fairway surface and synthetic practice tee stations.
“With the demand for golf continuing to grow, Lake Forest is proud to offer its residents a premier practice facility to encourage players of all skill levels to either start or continue enjoying the game,” said Director of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry at The City of Lake Forest, Sally Swarthout. “Combined with the ongoing drainage and facility upgrades, Deerpath Golf Course is proud to be enhancing the first-class golf experience residents have enjoyed for more than 90 years.”
Deerpath Golf Course, managed by KemperSports, will be one of the only municipally owned facilities to feature such a world-class amenity, making the course a destination for golfers across the Chicagoland area and beyond.
“The Lawn will be a wonderful addition to Deerpath. Our hope for The Lawn is that it can inspire the local community to either refine their existing skills, or better yet, give them the courage to pick up a club for the first time,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “Spaces like The Lawn quickly become a gathering place for people of all skill levels and ages to engage with the game of golf. We could not be more proud to bring this asset to the City of Lake Forest, and we are thrilled to see the positive impact it will have.”
Rendering Credit: KemperSports