LEMONT, Ill. -- While the PGA Tour kicks off its season this weekend in Hawaii, more than 250 Chicago golfers will play their first round of 2013 at Cog Hill in Lemont and St. Andrews in West Chicago in temperatures about 50 degrees colder.
In what has become a tradition for a half-century on January's first Sunday, Chicago's heartiest golfers tee-it up in the annual Eskimo Open. This Sunday, Jan. 6, will mark the 50th Eskimo Open at the Jemsek facilities. The first one was held on Jan. 6, 1963 when 36 golfers competed.
"This is an event that golfers look forward to every year," said Frank Jemsek, owner of Cog Hill. "Over the years, it has been played in near blizzard conditions and some years it has been sunny and 55 degrees. It is always a lot of fun especially when there is snow on the ground. The golfers get very creative with their attire and how to play in these conditions."
Sunday's forecast is partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 30's and 10-mile an-hour winds. The Eskimo Open will be played on Cog Hill's Courses 1, 2 and 3 and St. Andrews' Course 1. Golfers will bring out their cold gear, colored golf balls and hot beverages to stay warm. As for slow play, that is never a problem for the Eskimo Open. The mentality golfers are "grip it and rip it" and have a lot of laughs along the way.
The 50th Eskimo Open at Cog Hill will feature tee times from 7 a.m.-noon. There are two divisions: 9 holes and 18 holes, with net and gross prizes for both divisions. The entry fee of $42 includes green fee, chili and a hot drink. To register for the event, visit coghillgolf.com or call the golf shop at 866.COG.HILL ext. 318. At St. Andrews, tee times are from 8-11 a.m. with a 9-and 18-hole division and net and gross prizes. Entry fee is $49.95 which includes green fee, chili, hot dog, drink and prizes. For reservations call 630.231.3100.
Jemsek Golf owns and operates Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill., St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago, Ill., and leases Pine Meadow Golf Course in Mundelein, Ill.
Jemsek Golf has been recognized nationally for its leadership role in daily-fee golf by the National Golf Foundation and the PGA of America. Also, Joe and Frank Jemsek are members of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame which recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the rich history and tradition of the game.