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Deerpath Golf Course to Officially Break Ground on The Lawn, a Free Community Asset for Golfers of All Levels

Deerpath Golf Course to Officially Break Ground on The Lawn, a Free Community Asset for Golfers of All Levels

Unique public venue will cater to all ages and abilities with the goal of continuing to grow and diversify the game of golf

By Brian Weis

Deerpath Golf Course, in partnership with the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation, the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, and KemperSports, is proud to be breaking ground today on The Lawn, a community asset with a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere dedicated to serving golfers from all areas, including the residents of Lake Forest. This free-to-use greenspace will cover more than 30,000 square feet, consisting of a world-class bentgrass putting and chipping experience providing practice options for both novice and avid players alike.

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 impressive footprint will offer an 18-hole putting course and three-hole chipping course, and is surrounded by a 15 foot chipping fairway surface and synthetic practice tee stations. Players of all skill levels will enjoy the green's challenging variety of hills, dales, and swales.

"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 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. Slated to open in the spring of 2022, The Lawn is designed to cater to all ages and abilities, offering a fun environment for families to gather as well as adult social groups and youth community programs. While the main goal of this space is to bring the community together, The Lawn will also be available to rent for private events.

"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."

Initiatives like The Lawn are part of a larger effort by The City of Lake Forest, the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation, Deerpath Golf Course and local management company KemperSports to help grow and diversify the sport by encouraging people from all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels to engage with the game of golf in their own unique way. The Lawn will complement the existing Deerpath facilities that the city has invested in over recent years, including the updated clubhouse and the course itself.

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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