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Canal Shores Aims for Partial Opening of Renovated Course in July

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Canal Shores Aims for Partial Opening of Renovated Course in July

(Editor’s Note: This story was reported by Jim Brown and originally published by the Evanston Roundtable, a neighboring independent newsroom. It was shared with The Record as a part of an ongoing collaborative effort.)

With temperatures creeping up, flowers budding and sunset nearing 7 p.m., many Evanston residents are turning their attention to outdoor activities, including golf.

In the summertime and fall of 2023, the Evanston/Wilmette Golf Association, working with Wadsworth Construction, restructured all 18 holes of the Canal Shores Golf Course, including the addition of a training facility situated at holes 1 and a couple of of the old course layout. Wadsworth also reseeded all 18 holes of the course.

Schedule for Opening

“The nice and cozy winter has helped us, however the opening of the course will likely be depending on our spring weather,” said Matt Rooney, president of Evanston/Wilmette Golf Association. ” We plan to make an announcement regarding the opening of the course around June 1.”

The holes north of Central Street were accomplished earlier in the autumn and the grass that was planted on these holes had a likelihood to grow. The holes south of Central were accomplished later and can have to be reseeded this spring.

“If the weather cooperates, we hope to open the 11 holes north of Central in July after which open your complete course, including the holes south of Central Street, early in the autumn,” Rooney said.

The grass on the course is kind of fragile because it has not yet had a likelihood to develop a robust root structure.

“We’re pleading with our golf course neighbors to remain off the newly seeded grass,” Rooney said. “Whether you’re a golfer, bird watcher or a dog walker, if residents don’t stay off the grass the course opening will likely be delayed, penalizing everyone.”

Rooney also noted that the Canal Shores Lumberjacks, a bunch of neighborhood volunteers, has constructed trails on each side of the canal, extending from Isabella Street to Green Bay Road. Residents can now use these trails without damaging the golf course.

Course Partnerships

Canal Shores has a history of partnerships with organizations which have coordinated their youth golf initiatives. Moving forward, Canal Shores is working with their legacy partners while also adding several recent partnerships.

For the last five years, Canal Shores has partnered with The Golf Practice, a PGA-recognized golf academy that teaches life skills to junior players through golf. The Golf Practice will make use of the brand new training facility that was added to the Canal Shores layout.

A brand new partner, First Tee of Greater Chicago, provided substantial funding for the Canal Shores reconstruction. First Tee, a company that “empowers kids and youths through the sport of golf,” will facilitate golf instruction at Canal Shores for children from the North side of Chicago and the west side of Evanston.

One other recent Canal Shores partnership is with the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation. The Western Golf Association runs the Evans Scholars program, providing four-year college scholarships to caddies who’ve a financial need and meet academic requirements. There are 1,100 Evans Scholars attending college this 12 months.

Evans Scholars will fund a caddy academy at Canal Shores for youngsters who take part in The Golf Practice and First Tee of Chicago programs and have a high interest in golf.

“The Evans Scholars Program is looking forward to having a pool of caddies from Canal Shores turn out to be eligible for the Evans Scholarships,” Rooney said.

The Western Golf Association also provided substantial funding for the Canal Shores reconstruction.

“Along with a totally redesigned golf course for the community, the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association Board is looking forward to introducing the sport of golf to diverse youth in our community, provide work opportunities through caddying, and access to varsity scholarships,” Rooney said.

The Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association raised the funds for the Canal Shores reconstruction. The City of Evanston and the Village of Wilmette didn’t provide funds for the project.

“We raised $5.4 million for the golf course reconstruction, but we still need to lift one other $500,000 to finish the project,” Rooney said.

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