Kewanee Park District Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (309)852-2782 19th Hole Restaurant Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm (309) 852-4653
The Kewanee Park District is home to a Par 71, 18 hole public golf course located at Baker Park. The front 9 are all flat holes with a total yardage of 3,043 yards from the blue tees and 2,748 yards from the red tees. The back 9 offers a little more of a challenge with the hills and a total yardage of 3,127 yards from the blue tees and 2,896 yards from the red tees. Baker Park Golf course has a rating of 68.7 with a slope of 112. If you are looking to join a league, Baker Park Golf Course offers a wide variety of leagues and nights to play on. There are men’s, women’s, senior’s, junior’s and couple’s leagues available to all golfers whether you are a member or non-member. Golfers can also take advantage of the driving range located just north of the golf course. Tokens for range balls can be purchased right there at the driving range or at the clubhouse. Tokens are $2.50 for 40 range balls. Baker Park Golf Course also hosts many playdays and special golf outings for businesses, clubs and organizations from all around the area. To schedule a playday or outing, please contact Brian Johnson, Director, at 309-852-2872. Many clubs/organizations schedule playdays as fundraisers by obtaining hole sponsors to be placed throughout the course. All proceeds from hole sponsors goes directly to the club/organization hosting the playday. You can also plan a steak fry at the 19th Hole Restaurant for after your playday.
Baker Park hosts the annual Labor Day Tournament, the City-Am and the Senior Tournament all of which have divisions for men and women. For the younger golfers, Baker Park offers free golf lessons during the month of June held at the driving range. Memberships to the golf course are available prior to and during golf season. Golfers can also lease the use of a cart for the season. Pricing for the golf course is as follows:
*****Thursday and Friday Baker Park Golf Course offers 2 for 1 greens fees (cart not included).*****
The 2013 golf season was the first to take advantage of the new irrigation system installed by the Kewanee Park District Board of Commissioners. Many patrons were pleased with the difference the new system made. The lack of rain this golf season really allowed the benefits of the irrigation system to come through. The ability to keep the golf course green allowed golfers from all over the state to bring their families down for the day to play a round of golf and enjoy the atmosphere and hospitality of Kewanee.
Labor Day Tournament
Each year, Baker Park Golf Course hosts the Labor Day Tournament. This year, 2020, there were 246 men and 53 women competing in the tournament. The Labor Day Tournament starts the Monday before Labor Day and finishes the Monday of Labor Day giving each golfer the opportunity to schedule a tee time that will benefit them. The Ladies participants play 18 holes which must be completed by the Saturday of the Labor Day Weekend. Ladies may play 9 holes at separate times or all 18 holes at once. The Gentlemen participants play 36 holes which must be started before the Monday of Labor Day but can be finished on that day. Gentlemen may play 18 holes at separate times or all 36 holes in one day. Whichever way golfers participating in the tournament choose to complete their rounds, tee times must be made in advance to ensure the tournament runs smoothly.
JUNIOR GOLF LESSONS AND LEAGUES
Kewanee Park District offers free golf lessons in June and then again in July. Lessons are given by Jerry Bowers and are offered to boys and girls ages 7 and up at the driving range at Baker Park Golf Course. The ages are split up into 2 groups: 12 & under and 13 & over.
Kewanee Park District also offers a junior golf league held on Wednesday mornings from the middle of June through the end of July. The league is offered to both boys and girls ages 7 and over. Ages 12 & over play 9 holes while ages 7-11 play 4 holes. The fee for non-season ticket holders is $10 per week and for season ticket holders $5 per week. The fee includes greens fees and hot dog, chips & drink after league play for all levels.