Sunday, April 1, 2012
Golf pro Rich Santangelo shows off the signature 16th hole at the Odyssey Golf Course, a par-five hole with an island green believed to be one of the first of its kind in the United States.
The signature hole at the Odyssey Golf Course isn’t your typical island green, and it’s fitting that for the first three years, the 16th hole green wasn’t surrounded by water. But after a few years in business, course consultant and Odyssey golf pro Ed Staffan decided to create a signature hole for the course. “Twenty years ago, I don’t know if there was a par-five in the country with an island green,” Staffan said. “It turned out great because it’s short enough where a big, strong golfer on a windy day can reach it in two, but he’s got to make that decision if he wants to go for it or not. We might have been the first golf course with an island-green par-five (hole).” Odyssey golf pro Rich Santangelo played the part of gracious host …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange helped design one of Tinley Park's favorite playgrounds, the Odyssey Country Club. The course sits on a plot of land that was used for farming 25 years ago. Southland Golf: 'Strange' Works in the Design at Odyssey Country Club New Lenox Rebels Baseball All-Star Tourney Renamed in Niemeier's Memory VIDEO: Devin Hester Does His Best Cutler Impression VIDEO: Dwyane Wade Dunks, Gets Hit in Head by Ball Former Richards Basketball Standout McDaniel Shining Example of Making Most of Circumstances
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Golf legend and two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange helped design the championship golf course at Tinley Park's Odyssey Country Club.
If you were to stand on the grounds of the Odyssey Country Club Golf Course 25 years ago, you probably wouldn’t recognize anything that remotely resembled a golf course. But with the club set to celebrate its 20th anniversary in August, the Odyssey Country Club has established itself as one of the Southland's finest courses over the past two decades. Odyssey golf professional and course consultant Ed Staffan has seen the course come full circle. “When I first came here in the late 1980s, it was a corn and bean field," Staffan said. "The course was as flat as a pancake, with no lakes or water whatsoever." After working at the Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, Staffan was hired to work with architect Harry Bowers and chief design …