Journey Along the Shores – Part 5 (Tree Management)

Our tree management program has begun in earnest at Canal Shores.  Our strategy, which is built up on the Wide Open Spaces principle, is two-phased: 1.  Remove overgrowth and invasive species. 2.  Highlight remaining specimen trees while supplementing them modestly with conifer and deciduous species that we have selected for their beauty and native restorationContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 5 (Tree Management)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 4 (First Steps)

The Canal Shores Grounds Committee spent the winter sharing ideas, from the blue sky big picture all the way down to the nitty gritty details.  Spring has sprung, and it is time to get into action. While our long-term Master Plan is in the skunkworks stage, we decided that we still want to move forwardContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 4 (First Steps)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 3 (Principles for Greatness)

The Community that surrounds and utilizes Canal Shores wants the property to remain multi-use.  It would be unacceptable to the stakeholders if the Canal Shores property was used solely for golf.  Even for a golf nut like me, reverting the property to a single-use golf facility would make it much less interesting and valuable thanContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 3 (Principles for Greatness)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 2 (The Land)

We kicked off the 2015 season with our first Greens Committee meeting this week.  Improvement projects are beginning to line up and preparations are being planned.  I’ll share the details of that progress once spring arrives and we get underway. For now, let’s take a step back in perspective to examine what the Canal ShoresContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 2 (The Land)”

2014 Geeked on Golf Tour

The leaves and the first snow have fallen in Chicago.  My golf calendar looks as desolate as the landscape for the remainder of this year.  It’s a good time to revisit the wonderful courses I was privileged to play in 2014.  Those memories will be enough to take me through the winter. With an extraContinue reading “2014 Geeked on Golf Tour”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 1

In my community, we have a very special spot.  It is a piece of land that runs along the North Branch of the Chicago River from the Ladd Aboretum in NW Evanston to the south, up to the Baha’i House of Worship and Gilson Park in Wilmette to the north. Most of the land isContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 1”