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You Are Invited! Youth Golf Development Center Grand Opening Outing

2/18/21 – Join us Monday, May 24 for the fundraiser golf outing and grand opening celebration of the new Youth Golf Development Center at Sunset Valley Golf Club. Proceeds from the event will fund completion of this state-of-the-art Center for youth golf instruction and short game development.

$250 for a single player $1,000 for a foursome

Includes green fees, cart, lunch, cocktails, dinner, goody bag, awards, and a personally engraved brick paver on the walkway leading to the new Center ($200 value).

Get a FREE Round of Golf when you book by Thursday, April 1!

Single-player booking receives one free round and a foursome booking receives four free rounds. (Valid any time Mon-Thu, excluding holidays thru October 31, 2022). 

Sponsorships for the event are available; contact Nik Lapin at

About the Youth Golf Development Center

The Center, located adjacent to the renovated, award-winning Sunset Valley Golf Club, features practice areas for pitching, chipping, and putting, as well as long-shot hitting bays. It expands opportunities for the club to carry on its tradition as the area’s premiere public course for golfers of all ages and abilities. The Center will host summer camps, junior lessons, Highland Park High School boys and girls golf teams, and youth tournaments. When not in use for youth golf instruction, the area will serve as a practice facility for all Sunset Valley golfers.

Fundraising for the Center was initiated in 2018 through a generous donation from Amateur Golf Hall of Famer Joel Hirsch, a Highland Park native and longtime tournament player who dreamed of sharing with local youth the opportunity to learn and love the game of golf. The Parks Foundation of Highland Park has since led several successful fundraising initiatives and has received the support of the golfing community to complete the project. The outing is expected to bring Hirsch’s dream to fruition and fund the final amenities needed for youth to experience the personal and social benefits of golfing at the Center.

“From an early age, playing golf taught me important skills in problem solving, built my self-confidence, challenged me to keep improving and has kept me active and fit while enjoying the great outdoors with my friends and colleagues,” Hirsch said. “Because my love of the game started at Sunset Valley, as well as that of so many others in our community, it is hoped together we can bring the same opportunity to today’s Highland Park youth.”  

Learn more about the Center. 

About Sunset Valley Golf Club

Sunset Valley Golf Club has been a valued part of the Highland Park community for over 100 years. In 2018, the course reopened following a $7 million renovation with a British Heathlands design that includes strategic landforms, flowing native grasses, and groves of trees harkening back to the character and aesthetic of a 1920’s era golf course. Through its support of the Youth Development Center, the Foundation ensures that the club will continue to be a place families can enjoy creating memories for generations to come.

About the Parks Foundation of Highland Park

The Parks Foundation of Highland Park is dedicated to the belief that every resident deserves the opportunity for an enriched, healthy lifestyle. The Foundation supports and enhances the Park District of Highland Park’s exceptional facilities and provides resources to ensure that all community members are able to participate in Park District programs. The Parks Foundation of Highland Park is an independent, community-led, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit