Golf Range Association of America announces top accolades for premier Chicago-area golf facilities

BOLINGBROOK, Illinois (Jan. 19, 2021) – Two of the Chicago area’s premier golf facilities, Mistwood Golf Club and Mistwood Golf Dome, report that three awards were recently bestowed upon their family of properties by the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) annual list. 

The Performance Center at Mistwood Golf Club was honored as a Top 50 Public Range along with the Mistwood Golf Dome, which was recognized as a Top 50 Stand Alone Range. 

In addition, Director of Instruction John Platt has been awarded a place on the “Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional” list.

The GRAA awards are featured in the January 2021 issue annually recognizing practice facilities and teaching professionals who have excelled within the golf industry. 

“These public facilities introduced the game of golf to a variety of new golfers, while retaining and inspiring current golfers. Through player development programming, customer engagement and community outreach, our 2020 award winners should be proud of their efforts in growing the game,” stated Golf Range Magazine.

“We are proud to be in the company of so many other amazing facilities across the country, where we’re able to provide a first-class experience,” said Andy Mickelson, Director of Golf. “With golfers and consumers wanting more alternative solutions to playing the game, we have made a concerted effort over the years to create a high-level experience with our practice facilities both at the golf course and dome.”

Leading the way with that experience was the installation of the popular Toptracer Range technology into the Mistwood Golf Dome last year. The 60,000-square-foot Dome has been transformed into an innovative and dynamic golf range center where golfers and non-golfers alike will improve and enjoy games utilizing the Toptracer Range technology. 

This year, Toptracer was installed at the Mistwood Performance Center further elevating the public golf experience.

Both Mistwood golf facilities have consistently received the recognition from the GRAA since 2013 and 2016, respectively, creating one of the premier golf and entertainment experiences in Chicago.

Director of Instruction, John Platt, a former Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year, has been honored with the Growing the Game recognition for the third time. Platt oversees the highly regarded Mistwood Performance Center and the popular “Player Performance Programs” for all levels of players. 

In addition, his work on the leading junior competitive program in CAP (Committed Athlete Program), has helped many juniors take their game from the high school level to college level.

“To be recognized among all of these great instructors and to have the opportunity to be part of a golf team that had the vision to build out and expand our range facilities creating a pathway for so many new golfers, has been an honor,” said Platt. “I personally want to thank Mistwood Golf Club and give a huge shout out to all my students!”

About Mistwood Golf Club
Mistwood Golf Club, which opened in 1998, is one of the most-talked-about Chicago area golf destinations. It features 18 holes designed by award-winning architect Raymond Hearn, a top golf performance center and a spectacular clubhouse facility. 

Following an acclaimed multi-million-dollar course renovation by Hearn, which was recognized as the “Renovation of the Year” by GOLF Magazine in 2014, one of Golf Digest’s “Best New Course,” and one of Golf Range Magazine’s “Top 50 Public Ranges” Mistwood has become one of the most popular venues in Chicago. 

About Mistwood Golf Dome
Formally McQ’s, the new and improved Mistwood Golf Dome, which is under the same ownership group as nearby Mistwood Golf Club, has become the leading indoor golf dome experience in the Chicagoland area. 

The 60,000 square-foot heated facility offers golfers a great way to keep the game in shape during the winter months. Whether its practicing your full swing at its 30 hitting stations utilizing the new Toptracer technology, or keeping the short game tuned up on the two 900 square-foot putting greens complete with an indoor short game area with sand bunker, the Mistwood dome experience offers something for everyone. 

The facility is also home to the popular McWethy’s Sports Bar, a fun entertainment venue featuring a variety of fine fare including award-winning wings and over 30 craft beers. 


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