Golf, Things to Do

These Golf Trends Might Not be What You Expect

Golf Trends: Now that Summer is almost here, what do you find yourself daydreaming about? The smell of flowers and trees blooming? Barbecuing on the patio with friends and family? The long, sunshine-filled days? Or could it be the smell of fresh cut grass, the unmistakable whissh of the golf club, and the satisfying plunk of a hole-in-one?

If you’re a golf aficionado, we know what your senses are excited about. Or, even if you don’t eat and breathe golf, the game is still a wonderful way to spend some quality time outside, with the family, or just having a few laughs.

Besides, there are actually quite a few more, shall we say, unconventional forms of golf that are sure to bring loads of fun and entertainment this Summer season. Take a peek at some of the newest and most innovative golf trends debuting and appearing at courses and resorts around the country:

Glow Golf

Golfing underneath the stars is an experience unlike any other. Though different courses execute glow golf differently, the general concept is to play a round of golf on the course – but at night. Armed with a glowing golf ball, a few other glowing accessories, and plenty of gorgeous stars overhead, glow golf is a remarkable way to bathe in the warm night air and flex those golf muscles.

Digital Hole in One

One of the newest technologies to hit the golf industry, digital golf technologies are enabling unique and exciting golf opportunities and experiences. Though the execution may differ from course to course, the basic concept is that cameras, which are nicely blended with the landscape, are placed at certain holes throughout the course, and it records HD videos of winning shots. Or rather, hopefully it records a winning shot – that’s up to the player. If a golfer happens to hit a hole in one at the camera-hole, there are chances for cash prizes, as well as a personal copy of that particular achievement. Keep your eyes and ears out for golf courses offering this new technology, you might just win some extra vacation cash, while also having ammunition to use for bragging at the club later on.

Foot Golf

One of the more liberally related golf games, foot golf is becoming widely popular and after trying it out – you’ll see why. Trade your golf ball in for a soccer ball, and your golf club for your foot. A combination of soccer and golf, this game is played by kicking a soccer ball into large holes on a golf-like course. The holes are set up differently than the normal course, naturally, and it’s a bit more rowdy and messy than classic golf. More mess, though, means more fun. Check out a video here to learn more.

Segway Golf

As if there weren’t already enough segway jokes, there’s about to be a whole lot more. Gone are the days of golf carts, instead welcome segways as the new vehicle of choice. These aren’t your typical tourist segway, but rather a modified version specifically for golfers. With features to accommodate the golf bag, an enhanced size, and a new look, these golf segways are the transportation of the future (at least on the golf courses).

Golf under the stars, win some cash for your skills, try your foot in foot golf, and cruise around the course on a specially made golf-segway. Whether you try one or all of these golf games and accessories, you’re sure to make some lasting memories and have some instagram worthy photos.

Eaglewood Resort & Spa, just outside of Chicago, Illinois, features a Par 72 championship USGA-certified course that offers a captivating atmosphere, private and group lessons, annual passes, and golf outings. Not to mention a few golf trends! Discover their special glow golf experience, as well as exciting digital hole in one opportunities! With an 85 year history of rolling greens, strategic bunkers, majestic trees, and sparkling lakes, there are few courses more accommodating and spectacular than Eaglewood. Visit here to begin planning your golf experience. Happy golfing this Summer season, and we’ll see you on the course!

Food & Beverage, Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Chicago’s Summer Beer Week Events Will Get You Hoppin’

Brewing your own beer at home has transformed over the years. Starting as an experimental passion for hop connoisseurs, it then took on a cult following among the hipster crowd, and now it seems like people everywhere are trying their hand at making their own craft concoction. This love for all things beer has made a deep impression in the Western Chicago suburbs and the neighborhood is beginning to celebrate the fruits of its labor during its annual Beer Week, May 18-25th.

Come One, Come All

This year marks the launch of the First Annual Backyard Brewfest, an event celebrating the suburban beers that have been brewed right in Chicago’s “backyard.” Fifteen breweries will showcase during the event, and all proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit organization, Little Friends, to help support the community. That means you can get your beer on and feel good knowing you’ve contributed to a good cause. Enjoy the best brew in Chicago on Saturday, May 19th from 12-4pm.

Stretch and Sip

Having a beer is relaxing. Doing yoga is relaxing. Having a beer while doing yoga? Ultimate relaxation. Whoever came up with the new trend of beer yoga had the right idea. Not only are you stretching muscles that aren’t used every day, but doing so while holding a beer adds an extra challenge many don’t expect. Did we mention you can do this under the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum?

Beer Week Dinner

If you thought beer tasting dinners were all about greasy bar food, think again. This year’s Craft Beer Dinner is a 5-course meal with all the frills of a fancy dinner and none of the pretension. Scallop ceviche, saffron-blood orange gastrique, kiwi foam, prosciutto, and chive paired with Center Line Golden Ale? Yes, please. We suggest reserving a table fast, as this event will sell out quickly.

Stay Where the Taps Are

At the Eaglewood Resort & Spa, you’ll have all of Chicago’s favorite craft beers available at your fingertips. Their on-site restaurant, Prairie River, is newly renovated with a rustic stone fire pit and patio area that will keep you warm under the stars while you sip on the latest local beer on tap. Plus, each beer on the menu is hand selected by their Executive Chef and Assistant Food & Beverage Director, John Billings, you know you’re getting the best of the best.

Leisure Travel, Things to Do

The Windy City Will Blow You Away With Things To Do

With a bustling street life, abundance of cultural attractions, and the ability to find something open at any time of night, Chicago is the epitome of a city. And while many head straight for the famous bean or Wrigley’s Field, it’s when you look beyond the typical that you discover the true places that make Chicago great.

Live Like a Local

Get pulled into some comedy at the Laugh Out Loud comedy club, where their Friday night improv shows incorporate ideas from the audience. For a presidential experience, step into IKRAM, a boutique founded by Michelle Obama’s personal stylist. Here you can peruse high-end designer labels while sipping on a freshly squeezed juice from their farm-to-table cafe.

The Adventurist

If you have an adventurous spirit, you can’t come to Chicago without visiting The Ledge. This glass box extends out from Willis Tower to make you feel like you’re floating above the city at 1,353ft up. That’s 103 floors for reference. If speed is more your style, hop into one of K1 Speed’s state-of-the-art European electric go-karts that make the go-karts of your youth feel like lawnmowers.

The Weekender

The Lurie Garden is the perfect place to take a Sunday stroll and is divided into two parts: the Dark Plate is filled with shadow-making trees, and the Light Plate is filled with colorful flowers. If you’ve ever had the inkling to stare directly at the sun, then head over to America’s oldest planetarium and take a peek the safe way. They even offer Sun Salutations Yoga, where you can practice Vinyasa Flow poses while learning about the universe!

Flavor Of…

If you thought champagne was fancy, RM Champagne Salon takes it to the next level. Their selection of artisanal champagne and rare cheese pairings can be done by candlelight or outside on their chic patio. Move over wine and beer flights, at Hoosier Mama Pie Company you can taste pie flights. Come in on Fridays to select among 5-6 pie flavors to try in your flight. Don’t mind if we do!

Close to Chicago But a World Away

From the moment you arrive at the Eaglewood Resort you get a sense of tranquility and relaxation that’s a welcome break after exploring Chicago’s energetic downtown. This is a place to unwind. Book a soothing lavender wrap and recharge your chakras with a reiki treatment at their spa, or play a round of golf on their championship course. Either way, you’ll be right within reach of the city giving you plenty of options during your stay.

Weddings

Top 6 Wedding Trends for 2018

Get Fresh Ideas from our Director of Catering, Lori LaPorte!

With almost every site tour of our property, I get asked the same questions: What are the latest wedding trends for 2018? How can I make my wedding stand out?

The great thing about being so involved in helping couples plan their big day is that I’m always able to stay on top of the newest ideas.

Here are a couple of wedding trends for 2018 that I have found when working with brides & grooms this year!

Spa

Taking Care of Teen Skin

5 Steps to Clear and Beautiful Skin

From our Spa Manager, Debbie Wisla

Sooner or later, almost every teenager experiences some kind of imbalance in their skin – especially as hormones start to change. A main concern (even for those of us who are past the teen years!) is acne. Though acne is considered a normal part of puberty, even the mildest cases can be traumatic for skin, and could be made worse if treated with some of the harsh skincare products on the market.

Taking the time to educate your teen about their skin at an early age is crucial for developing a proper skincare regimen, and can save years of damage to their skin.

As your teen starts to enter in those stressful years, take skincare off the list of worries with these five best practices for teen skin care.

Food & Beverage, Meetings & Events

What’s Cooking in 2018?

A Q&A with our Chef on the Latest Food Trends

Food trends change faster than night and day. To keep up with what 2018 will bring in the culinary world, we sat down with our Executive Chef & Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, John Billings. Check out what he had to say about the latest food trends!

What is the biggest buzz as far as food/beverage trends for conventions and corporate meetings? 

The craze of “Iconic Food” is trending! Traditional & favorite meals from the past have been infused into Eaglewood’s menus. Our food is produced in-house from “pit to plate” – fermentation, pickling, and curing – with locally sourced ingredients that will keep you intrigued and asking yourself: can I do this at home? Today, society is in a rapid growth with technology and the ideology of “not enough time,” in which we often tend to compromise our ability to cook a great meal. Bringing back iconic foods can re-teach society how much fun cooking can be and establish the feeling of accomplishment from scratch and homemade cookery.

Can you provide an example of something that is trending and growing?

Expo kitchens & action stations are kicking “food theater” up a notch –  or two, or three. Exhibition kitchens have been around in some form since the invention of brunch. But today, we’re talking full-blown food theater. Driven by food TV in all its incarnations and the prevalence of social media outlets that are ideal for everything food and beverage, restaurant kitchens today offer a front row seat at a dining performance, and guests are crowding around to take in the aromas, flavors, cooking tips and high energy of the stars of the show: the chefs! It’s a visual and sensual spectacle that entertains, nourishes, and satisfies everyone in the entire dining room.

Why is it important to keep up with food trends in this industry—especially as it relates to creating food experiences for groups?

“Cooking for Millennials” – WOW, really a trend. We are now in their world and they are looking for complex, healthy, and personalized food. Meals should be healthy – using natural ingredients and light on the carbs – but still flavorful.

How often do things change? And what’s the best way to keep up on what the latest food trends are?

Foods trends change often. To keep up with them, you need to research daily what is going on in the F&B world. I would suggest flipping through magazines, sourcing the internet, and watching food networks to see what is trending.

What else is important that those planning meetings should know about this subject?

This is where either the F&B Director or the Executive Chef need to sit with the meeting planners and go over what is trending and get to know the mix of the groups coming in.

Golf

Tips from our PGA Pro: Coming Over the Top

Take the Off-Season to Perfect Your Swing 

If you are a golfer you’ve probably heard the expression “coming over the top.” So what does this mean, and more importantly, what can you do to stop it? Let our PGA Pro, David Fazio, take you through his tips on this common mistake. 

Food & Beverage, Things to Do

Celebrate a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

Challenge Customs with a New Way to Celebrate!

Traditions exist for a reason: they’re warm, comforting, and, for many of us, invoke a feeling of nostalgia. But sometimes, it can be fun and exciting think outside the box – perhaps even start a new tradition. This year, flip the script on the norm and celebrate a non-traditional Thanksgiving!

Spa

Top Three Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt

Not Just Your Average Seasoning

If you’ve recently taken a stroll through your local health food store, you may have seen pink Himalayan salt pop up seemingly out of nowhere. Truth is, this rosy-hued salt has been around for over 4 billion years, dating back to the Earth’s creation!

Though still hotly contested in the medical field, more studies are being conducted to show that Himalayan salt, whether consumed or in a rock lamp form, may have some impact on our well-being.

So, if you’re a believer, here are the top three health benefits (and, for the naysayers out there, take this with a grain of salt).

Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Plan Your Chicago Area Fall Getaway

A Day-Cation in the Suburbs: Autumn in the Midwest is Here

From crunchy leaves on the sidewalk to pumpkin spice lattes, fall is definitely in the air! With the arrival of one of the most celebrated seasons in the Midwest, now is the most colorful time to plan your Chicago area fall getaway.

Check out these must-see attractions during your stay to make the most out of the season.