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


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

“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

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.

For more information on The Lawn or the recent enhancements to Deerpath Golf Course, visit


About Author

Glen Turk is a Wisconsin native who has been the Senior Writer/Editor of Midwest Golfing Magazine since 2006. Besides being an avid golfer, Glen enjoys traveling, music, and cheering on the finest professional sports team of all-time, the Green Bay Packers. Glen’s ultimate golf goal is to play in all fifty states and currently he is more than half way there. His other dream, albeit far-fetched, it to record an ace in all seven states of our distribution area. Thanks to an ace in Illinois in 2015, and one in Michigan in 2016, he has three down, four to go!

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