Stateline Golfers Hitting the Links in Late February


It’s not a sight, or sound, you’d expect to hear at the end of February in northern Illinois; the sound of a golf club striking a golf ball. But with temperatures nearing the 60 degrees mark over the weekend golfers from all across the area, and even as far away as Madison, Wisconsin, hit the links at Westlake Village Golf Course.

“For the end of February at northern Illinois it’s absolutely amazing,” Leighton Anderson, who works at the course, said Sunday. “(And) we’ve had a lot of golfers come through in the past two days.”

Almost 200 of them to be exact, with two of them being Al Vivo and Nick Tucci who said they couldn’t pass up this opportunity to get out and enjoy a round or two.

“I mean this is like paradise compared to golfing in Chicago in 40 degree weather, so if we can get this in February, we’ll take it,” Vivo said smiling.

“When you love the game of golf, just as soon as you see just a little bit of warmth outside, we run and play golf,” Tucci added.

Anderson has been working at Westlake Village for over a dozen years. He believes golfers are so anxious to get out and play because the weather this year never really got them out of the golf spirit.

“I think it’s all attributable to a fairly mild winter and no body really getting in the winter set and putting away the golf clubs for good for a couple of months,” Anderson said. “I think they’re sitting in people garages itching to get them out here and going.”

While some may call them crazy, Vivo and Tucci simply call it a love for the game.

“It’s great. We feel happy to be out, get a little exercise, you know enjoy the game. It’s great,” Tucci explained.

“Your (have to) know we’re happy if the scores not there and we’re still out here enjoying ourselves,” Vivo quickly added. “We’re happy.”

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