Willow Crest Golf Club Announces Learning and Performance Center

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Golf Simulators and SMART Golf Fitness Training among new Programs at Championship Course Located at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center

New simulators give a true-to-life virtual experience

We’re now giving players all the extra tools to achieve their potential.

Already known as one of the top public courses in Illinois, Willow Crest Golf Club has now added another championship offering. Today, PGA Director of Golf Operations Randy Bolstad announced the launch of the Learning and Performance Center at Willow Crest Golf Club. Located at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, which sits on 150-acres of pristine Audubon-certified grounds 30 minutes west of downtown Chicago, the Learning and Performance Center at Willow Crest Golf Club gives golfers, experienced or novice, additional programs to enhance their game, including state-of-the-art golf simulators, SMART Golf Fitness training, and PGA instruction. Better yet, the Learning at Performance Center at Willow Crest Golf Club is available for individual guests or private group functions throughout all four seasons.

“Over the last 30 years, Willow Crest Golf Club has presented some of the most challenging golf in Chicagoland,” said Bolstad. “With the introduction of the Learning and Performance Center, we’re now giving players all the extra tools to achieve their potential.”

Added Director of Sales & Marketing Nathan Karsten, “Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills is committed to offering guests a full-rounded experience. We give a unique destination resort feel for Chicago, highlighted by first-rate amenities and now world-class golf options year-round.”

Simulator Program
Designed by award-winning architect Dick Nugent, the multi-tiered tees and pristine greens of Willow Crest Golf Club present a new test each time a golfer steps up to swing. With the advent of the Simulator Program, golfers can test themselves on over 80 international courses all from one location, whether winter or summer, rain or shine. Using the most advanced high-definition cameras and real-time club head and ball tracking technology to record shot data, the full-swing simulators by Foresight Sports give a true-to-life virtual experience and an honest evaluation of every shot.

The new Simulator Program at the Learning and Performance Center at Willow Crest Golf Club allows golfers to practice any aspect of their game, including drives, bunker shots, short pitches and putts. When the ball is struck, it is captured and accurately represented in one of the championship courses. Golfers can analyze shots, improve swing skills, or play the world’s best and most exclusive courses in beautiful 4K resolution. The simulators are available for leisure play as well as instruction or club fitting. Group and individual packages are offered, and the development of off-season leagues is in the plan (more details TBA).

SMART Golf Fitness Program
In addition to the Simulator Program, golfers also have another new game improvement option (beginning August 10th) for the individual golfer or corporate / group outing. Oakbrook-based SMART Golf Fitness will provide on-site education on the importance of fitness within golf performance and injury prevention. The SMART principles include:

  • Stability – The body’s ability to remain unchanged when acted upon by outside force
  • Mobility – The ability of the body to move through its full, functional and intended ranges
  • Assessed – If the golfer doesn’t test it, he or she is just guessing
  • Restorative – Having the ability to restore health, strength or a feeling of well-being
  • Training – Supervised exercise programs designed specifically for each golfer

Golfers who visit the Learning and Performance Center at Willow Crest Golf Club have several SMART Golf Fitness Program options to choose from, including:

A La Carte Services:

  • Performance assessments
  • Individual fitness training sessions
  • Group training sessions
  • Individual and group golf instruction

Corporate Outings/Fundraising Services:

  • Pre-event stretching
  • Long drive professional participation
  • Corporate “athlete” brain break
  • Post-event stretching

Education Services:

  • Half day ultimate golf experience (comprehensive physical evaluation and swing analysis)
  • Full day ultimate golf experience (includes 18 holes)
  • 2-day ultimate golf experience (includes 18 holes on day one, lodging, and 9 holes on day 2)


  • Golf warm-up
  • Golf cool-down
  • Long drive/power clinic
  • Better body, better golf (how improving specific areas of body can have a dramatic effect on game)

PGA Instruction Program
Spearheaded by Bolstad and his team of seasoned golf instructors, the Learning and Performance Center at Willow Crest Golf Club also offers an array of PGA instruction. Program options include:

  • Short game instruction - Focuses on hitting shots from (30) yards in and includes putting and bunker play.
  • On-course playing lessons - Very effective for improving a person’s course management strategies.
  • Full swing check-up, cause and effect – Instructors will identify tendencies, determine the cause and then prescribe an appropriate action plan for on-going improvement.
  • Junior Golfer Development – Instruction aimed at the development of a junior’s golfing skills and knowledge of playing the game in accordance with the USGA Rules of Golf.

For more information, pricing, or reservations for any of the programs listed herein, contact Willow Crest Golf Club at 630-242-5700.

About Willow Crest Golf Club:
Home to several noted professional and amateur golf events, Willow Crest Golf Club offers quality playing conditions on its 18-hole championship golf course, designed by eminent architect Dick Nugent. The course features bent grass gently rolling fairways, well bunkered greens and an abundance of water. The par 70 course offers multiple teeing areas accommodating golfers of all experience levels and tops out at 6,433 yards with a slope rating of 132. Willow Crest Golf Club is recognized as one of the finest golf resort courses in the Midwest, having been named one of the “Top Public Golf Courses” in Illinois by Chicagoland Golf, and also having been honored with the “Greens of Distinction Award” from the readers of Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine. For more information or to book a tee time, call 630-242-5700.

About Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center:
Just west of downtown Chicago and nestled into the quiet suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center (3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523) is a preferred destination for getaways, golf trips, family vacations, weddings and business events. With over 42,500 square feet of IACC certified meetings and event space, the hotel is an ideal venue for business meetings, conferences, retreats, banquets and social functions. The 348 rooms and 38 suites are complemented by extensive and flexible event space including a tented outdoor pavilion, exercise facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, numerous dining options, and the award-winning Willow Crest Golf Club. The property is managed by Westmont-based Portfolio Hotels & Resorts. Visit http://www.oakbrookhillsresortchicago.com for reservations or more information, or call the hotel direct at 1-630.850.5555.

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