Finding the time to play golf is a challenge on many different levels, especially while living in the city. The first challenge is making the tee time early enough to avoid being on the course the entire day. Secondly, the location must not be too far from the city and should have easy access away from major traffic. Thirdly, the golf course itself must be void of a lot of water, trees and brush that will limit the number of balls that I lose. Lastly, but most importantly is the club house food, which should be good enough to make up for bad shots and a high score. The Glencoe Golf Club seems to have at least the latter locked down with their newly renovated restaurant Max’s on the Green.
Larry Estes, President and founder of Catering by Max’s, opened Max’s on the Green with the intentions of making it more than a food venue for golfers. His hopes are to attract locals to dine at Max’s on the Green throughout the week, regardless of golfing. The menu consists of breakfast and lunch, but the dinner menu deserves the most attention. Atypical of most club house options dinner entrees include dishes such as the Salmon Filet, Lobster Ravioli, Pork Chop and Skirt Steak. The Greg Norman Kobe Burger was delicious and consists of an 8 oz beef burger grilled to your liking and served on a pretzel bun. Be sure to complement the burger with cheese fries or onion strings. Although Max’s is known for their Italian Beef the Grilled Chicken sandwich topped with your choice of BBQ sauce or honey mustard is the way to go. They still have the traditional golf course grub, including sandwiches, salads and wraps and a few dessert menu items. All meals can be enjoyed inside the restaurant or on the outside deck overlooking the ninth hole. Max’s transforms into a traditional restaurant setting with waiters and servers only during dinner hours.
The Glencoe Golf Club is located on the North Shore at 621 Westly Rd and is not too far from the city. The public golf course is gorgeous and scenic. For more information about Max’s on the Green and the Glencoe Golf Club log onto www.cateringbymaxs.com or www.glencoegolfclub.com. Check out www.efete.net or Fete Select TV for a review of the newest and best restaurants in Chicago.