Birdies, Bogeys & Brews outing brings more than double the golfers

birdies,bogeys and brews outing

CHANNAHON – The Channahon Minooka Chamber took a chance with its annual golf outing this year, changing the format, theme and even adding an off-site location and it was well-received with more than double the golfers attending compared to last year’s event.

The Birdies, Bogeys & Brews Golf Outing, presented by D’Arcy Chevrolet, was held Friday, Sept. 14 at Heritage Bluffs Public Golf Club in Channahon and had 70 golfers in attendance, Chamber Executive Director Christina Van Yperen said. After the golfers wrapped up they headed over to River Hawk Brewing in Channahon for craft beers and lunch from Burrito Loco in Channahon.

“Our foursome had so much fun on the course and we definitely enjoyed the brewery and tacos after a hot day of golfing. It was a fun day of networking and working outside of the office,” said Ann Scholtes, Assistant Vice President, Marketing of Coal City Bank-Branch of Bank of Pontiac.

In addition to the game, cart, and goodie bag, golfers received one beer and a souvenir River Hawk Brewing glass at the brewery. Once the golf outing festivities were complete, participants, sponsors and volunteers stayed after enjoying the brewery and supporting the local business.

“Golf outings are a great fundraiser because they allow for the business community to do some networking while having fun for a good cause. These qualities make golf outings popular, which has made the turn out for our outing suffer in recent years,” Van Yperen said. “The Chamber board decided to take a chance in shortening the event so business members could still go into the office in the morning and then join us for the afternoon. It did exactly that, bringing in a record number of golfers for this outing, as well as sponsorships. We received numerous comments throughout the day on how much people enjoyed the nine holes and ending the event at River Hawk.”

The Channahon Minooka Chamber is part of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry. This outing is one of two the Chamber hosts every year, the first is in June at Nettle Creek Country Club in Morris.

For more information on the Chamber or on future events, visit, email [email protected], call 815-942-0113 or download the free Chamber App.

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Birdies, Bogeys, & Brews Golf Outing sponsors:

Presenting: D’Arcy Chevrolet

Exclusive Hole: Twin Oaks Savings Bank

Lunch: Morris VFW Post 6049 and El Burrito Loco

Snack: Greenhouse Group and Buffalo Wild Wings

Drink: TownePlace Suites

Hospitality Carts: Holiday Inn Express, Angela Lilek- First Federal Savings Bank, Dollinger Family Farm, Coal City Bank, Associated Orthodontists and Regency Care of Morris

Registration: United States Cold Storage and Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers

Hole sponsors: Busey Bank, Channahon Lanes & Mini Golf, Eaton & Schultz Insurance, Edward Jones – Michelle Denoyer, Financial Plus Credit Union, Village of Minooka, Von Holten Eyecare, Heartland Bank, D Construction, Hampton Inn & Suites and IBEW Local #176

Golf Cart sponsors: Chapin’s East Banquets & Catering, Twin Rail Pub and Conley Excavating and Construction