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Lake County Welcomes 2013 BMW Championship

Read all about how the BMW Championship not just for golf enthusiasts.Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois will host the top men's PGA players for the 2013 BMW Championship, September 9 - 15, 2013. More than 120,000 spectators and attendees are expected to visit during this third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs to watch golfers Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods and more. Lake County is excited to have the opportunity to host the BMW Championship for the first time since 1972.

Conway Farms Golf Club is a Tom Fazio award-winning course that sits on 209 acres in Lake Forest, Illinois and is designed around the traditions of Scottish links golf. Conway Farms is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the game, encouraging walking, fast play and the support of amateur golf. Over the years, the club has hosted the 2012 US Mid-Amateur Championship, 2009 Western Amateur, 2008 US Open Sectional Qualifying and the 2007 Open Qualifier.

Lake County, Illinois is home to 700,000 residents and nearly 28,000 businesses. Ideally situated north of Chicago, Lake County is easy to explore by car or rail. No matter which route you take, you will discover great dining, plentiful shopping, relaxing hotels, and exciting attractions along your journey. Bring your golf clubs and enjoy a round or two at one of the many scenic courses in Lake County.

For driving directions and parking for the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, continue here.

For a complete schedule of events for the entire week, from the practice rounds and Pro-Am to BMW Championship Round, continue here. Also, click here for area road information

All You Need to Know about the BMW Championship, here you will find the most frequently asked questions about the 2013 BMW Championship

BMW owners have special benefits, so if you are a BMW owner continue here to read about your benefits and parking

To book a hotel room for 10 or more people, email Teresa Lewis, Visit Lake County Sales Manager or call 847-662-2700.

Lake County Area Restaurants

Learn about some of our area golf courses that you may want to experience while you're here.

Enjoy your visit at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

Bittersweet Golf Club
Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee is a challenging and scenic 18-hole golf course that offers the public a fantastic practice facility with a lighted driving range and natural grass tees. There are PGA golf instructors on staff to help improve your game.

Bonnie Brook Golf Course
Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan is one of the most popular public courses in Lake County, boasting a meticulously manicured 18-hole course with rolling, wooded terrain. Its natural, picturesque landscape offers golfers the ability to enjoy tree-lined fairways, spacious greens, small lakes and the beauty of the north branch of the Waukegan River, which flows gently throughout the course. With a course length of 6,701 yards, Bonnie Brook offers championship golfers a solid test while being friendly and forgiving to the high handicappers.

Brae Loch Golf
Brae Loch Golf in Grayslake is part of the Lake County Forest Preserves. This fun, challenging 18-hole, par-70 course features mature tees and sweeping vistas.

Countryside Golf Club
At Countryside Golf Club in Mundelein, play two challenging, award-winning 18-hole golf courses. The Prairie course, with bentgrass tees, wide-open greens and sand bunkers offers golfers a chance to challenge their game. The Traditional course, with bentgrass tees and tree-lined fairways, offers golfers scenic and challenging rounds of golf.

Crane's Landing Golf Course
Crane's Landing Golf Course at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort has welcomed golfers for many years and is known as the Premier Destination for golf in Illinois. Crane's Landing offers destination golfers the array of challenges the beautiful 18-hole course is known for. This course is situated on 110 acres of preserved woodlands with stunning views of the Des Plaines Rivers. Crane's Landing is a par 70, 6,290 yard course.

Greenshire Golf Course
Greenshire Golf Course in Beach Park is a well-maintained par 27, 9 hole course, with holes ranging from 100 yards to 210 yards. With the course length being 1,265 yards, Greenshire will test the best golfer's short game and provides a course for all skill levels to enjoy.

Lake Bluff Golf Club
The Lake Bluff Park Districts's course, the Lake Bluff Golf Club, is an 18-hole, 6,589 yard course with challenging greens set in a tranquil environment. The course features mature tree-lined fairways and with bent grass for an enjoyable playing experience.

Lake Forest Deerpath Golf Club
The Lake Forest Deerpath Golf Club, is an 18-hole public course, measures 6,255 yards with a par 70 and 5,487 yards with a par 72 for women. The course has spectacular mature trees, high quality naturalized areas and beautiful water features including ponds and streams. Additional amenities of Deerpath Golf Course include a grass tee driving range, practice chipping area, golf shop with a complete line of golf merchandise and the Sandwedge Grill, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner enjoyed with our full bar services inside or outside on the Kennedy patio.

Libertyville Sports Complex Driving Range
The Libertyville Sports Complex Driving Range, was voted Chciagoland's Best Driving Range by Daily Herald readers. The driving range has 75 golf tee stations (matted and grass tees) and 40 weather protected stations with heaters and automated tees. The range is open daily from 9am - 9pm.

Shepherd's Crook Golf Course
Shepherd's Crook Golf Course in the beautiful City of Zion, is an 18-hole par 72 public golf facility that has earned rave reviews as a course that is both challenging and exciting to play. Its design reflects the golden era of golf course architecture of the 1920's and 30's with bentgrass fairways, tees and greens.

Thunderhawk Golf Club
Thunderhawk Golf Club is part of the Lake County Forest Preserves. This public golf facility, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is one of the most challenging courses in the Chicago area. This 18-hole par 72 golf course is nestled on 241 acres of beautiful forest, marsh and prairie. This is the first public course in the United States to achieve Audubon Signature Sanctuary certification. Thunderhawk Golf Club was rated as a "Best Course You Can Play" by Golfweek 2012.

Vernon Hills Golf Course
The Vernon Hills Golf Course is ranked as one of the top ten 9 hole golf courses in Chicagoland. This challenging 9-hole course boasts small greens, rolling terrain, tight fairways and seven holes featuring water. Golfers of all skill levels will appreciate both the playability and eye-catching views.

White Deer Run
Built on the well-known Cuneo Estate in Vernon Hills, White Deer Run Golf Club is an 18-hole public course sprawling over 240 acres of rolling terrain and picturesque lakes with bent grass greens and fairways.

Willow Glen Golf Club
The Willow Glen Golf Club is home to a picturesque 18-hole layout that provides an enjoyable challenge for all skill levels. This course is situated right outside of Naval Station Great Lakes. The clubhouse is home to "Buckley's", Willow Glen's restaurant and lounge, which features delicious specialty sandwiches, burgers, salads and otehr items that will satisfy your appetite after a round of golf.

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No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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