"I think they're very aware of the quality of this golf course," Jones said. "I think it's very similar to Torrey Pines, which we did before we had the (2008) Open. We got them to come out and see it. I'm not saying we'd ever abandon the BMW - they're going to go to Crooked Stick in three years because Medinah is going to have the Ryder Cup - but I think that Chicago should have a major championship every 15 or so years."
Important links: Be sure to check out Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge. It's easy to get to, it's a great layout and they're doing a wonderful promotion throughout May. Not only can you play 18 with a cart for a reduced rate, you get either a hat or golf balls with every green fee that you purchase.
Another fun event going on that you should check out is the Crosstown Golf Classic 2-man match play event at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.
They set up the range like a baseball diamond and they have Cubs fans play against Sox fans. It should be a good event on a great course.
Read on for more golf brief updates and Stonebridge Country Club assistant pro Benjamin Nachtwey's unabridged golf tip...
According to the hotel's release - "a guest package inclusive of overnight accommodations and a tee-time at one of three Chicagoland golf courses. When booking the package, guests can choose to play a round of golf at one course with one overnight stay, or two nights for play at all three courses. The package, starting at $309 per night, includes accommodations for two adults in a deluxe guest room, and breakfast in the hotel's signature restaurant, SugarToad."
Here is Stonebridge Country Club assistant pro Benjamin Nachtwey's unabridged golf tip...
"For those of us who play the game of golf, we all know how the saying goes: "Golf is a sport of 90% mental ability and 10% physical ability." When I was a kid, I always thought people would tell me that quote in hopes of encouraging me to stick with the game because I didn't hit the ball too far and everyone would bomb the ball by me off the tee."
"As I grew older and began playing competitive golf in my formative years, I realized how accurate that statement was. Even after playing in countless high school, college and professional events, it can often be tough for me to focus on the task at hand. This is exactly the reason why the golf gods gave us a process called the pre-shot routine.
The pre-shot routine is meant to be exactly that: a routine. No one calls it a "pre-shot option." With that in mind, it should be something repetitive and habitual."
"It is truly amazing when I watch people on the driving range hit ball after ball, but yet, never seem to improve. Not once do I see them take a step back after a bad shot, regroup, and start over. Instead, it's usually a race to see if they can fix the problem within 10 seconds by hitting another ball, and then again 5 seconds after that. When I struggle with my game, I often try to think back to some of my best rounds that I've had. I find what they all had in common were that my pre-shot routine was consistent every time throughout the entire round and felt "automatic.""
"It was effortless, cleared my mind and relaxed my body so that I could make a great swing or putt. Ultimately, it is what got me into "the zone.""
"I feel that the pre-shot routine is the bridge between the mental game and the physical game. It allows us to be in the right frame of mind, have a visual understanding of the task at hand, and properly execute the shot. If you look at the pros on Tour, you will see that their pre-shot routine is exactly the same each time. It is what makes them exactly what they are: the best in the game."
"To all of you reading this, I would heavily emphasize practicing your pre-shot routine when you are on the range, chipping green, or putting green. Never abandon it, but rather play around with it and see what feels right on a consistent basis. Then practice it, trust it, and most importantly, believe in it!"