Calumet Country Club open to the public for the first time

Last year, Calumet Country Club officials were not certain whether the golf course would be open in 2019, but it is — and it is open to the public for the first time in its history.

The 118-year-old club has been part of Homewood for 102 years, fronting 175th Street just west of Dixie Highway, and in that time it has been a members-only organization.

  Calumet Country Club is 
  open to the public on a 
  limited basis for the first time 
  in its 118-year history. 

  (Provided photo)

The club has been for sale for several years, and Prevision Golf is in the process of purchasing it. In the meantime, the company has taken over operation of the club and decided to open the course for limited public play.

Elliot Lewis, Prevision managing partner, and Jordan Krantz, partner, said the goal is to keep the golf course going in the short term and to do that, they hope to attract more local attention.

"People have seen that golf course for 100 years and haven't been able to play it," Lewis said. Now local golfers will have that opportunity, and Homewood residents will be eligible for discounted fees.

Krantz said memberships are still available and members will still have reserved tee times, but a certain number of tee slots will be made available to anyone. He suggested golfers use the club's website to book tee times. The system there uses a dynamic pricing model similar to the way air travel and hotels are often booked online, with prices varying according to availability.

The course, designed by renowned golf course architect Donald Ross, is in great shape, Krantz said.

Prevision has also reopened the club's restaurant with a revamped menu for luncheons and happy hour. 

The company's changes this year have addressed rumors that the 2018 season might be the last for the course. Its long-term future remains uncertain.

Elliot noted that the South Suburbs is home to a number of golf courses in a relatively small area. 

"Everybody's struggling for the same dollar," he said. 

The company hopes opening the club partially to the public will help shore up the business for now. 

The firm has also proposed redevelopment plans for the property that are contingent on village approval. Plans currently include the possibility of mixed uses, some combination of industrial, senior living and retail.

Elliot did not provide details, however, because the plans are subject to change as negotiations with the village continue. 

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