Onwentsia Club

2015 GRAA Top 50 Golf Range / Private Facilities

Onwentsia Club

Nick Papadakes, Head Golf Professional

300 North Green Bay Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Facility Amenities:

  • Grass tees (45)
  • Bays with Mats (3)
  • Accurate yardage measurements on tees to targets
  • Short Game Practice Area
  • Grass Putting Green
  • Covered Areas
  • Golf shop (900 sq. ft.)
  • Heated Bays (1)
  • Indoor Simulator
  • Ball Flight Monitor

Type of Range Targets:

  • Flags
  • Bunkers
  • Built-up greens

Instruction provided.

Number of PGA Professional Instructors: 4

Clubfitting services provided.

Number of range balls dispensed per year: We put out 45, 300 ball baskets a day

Number of range balls in inventory: 16,000

New balls are acquired: Annually

Best range promotion: Our best range promotion this season was our demo day. Over 100 of our members attended the event which was held on Thursday evening; a bit different than the standard Saturday afternoon deal. We incorporated the Golfzilla to attract families as well as setting up a grill and bar for those that wanted to make a nice evening of it. The weather was perfect and there was just enough of a social vibe to make the evening a great success. The fun atmosphere took the edge off of
the demo experience. There was little or no feeling of product pushing or sales. People enjoyed the experience of trying all of the new equipment without feeling like they were being pushed into product. It was easily the largest demo day we’d had and the most successful. The pressure is on to make next year’s bigger and better!

Special Programs: Our largest event is a fundraiser for the Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago. This year the event raised 1.6 million dollars. We invite over fifty golf professionals from around the country to compete along side four amateurs. The event has been held here for over fifty years.