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Couples League Takes Off at Naperbrook

Golf has always been a social sport, whether playing competitively or just for fun. This summer, a new couples league was formed at Naperbrook Golf Course. Staff sent out an email earlier this year to gauge interest and heard back from more than 100 golfers wanting to join. As the season started, the league enrolled 68 total players.

The league plays on Friday and Sunday evenings and includes a nine-hole round of golf with a different optional game each week, such as competing for the longest putt, teeing off using the opposite sided club, closest to the pin contests, etc.

“We include challenges that involve some skill and contests that are just for fun, so that all participants have a chance to compete no matter what their experience level is,” said Golf Professional Tim Dunn.

Some couples joined mainly to meet other people. For example, Cherrie and Craig retired two years ago and both play golf. However, up until this year, Cherrie has been golfing mostly with Craig and his male friends, and wanted to meet other women golfers and have fun golfing with other couples.

(From L to R): Craig and Cherrie, Karen and Mark

Mark and Karen heard about the couples league through the email and also looked forward to meeting new people. “You never know whom you might meet,” said Mark.

Brian and Sun each play regularly at both Springbrook and Naperbrook. Sun plays in two ladies’ leagues and has made friends there. In the couples’ league, Brian and Sun alternate between setting tee times with friends and signing up to be placed with another couple at random.

Brian and Sun

“The last time we had a couples’ league was about 15 years ago,” said Tim Dunn. “We are glad to see couples taking advantage of this opportunity to make friends while doing something that they love.”

Cherrie and Karen walking to the first tee

Interested in Joining a League?

Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses offer many opportunities to meet others and enjoy golfing together.

To learn more about the Couples League at Naperbrook, contact Head Golf Professional Tim Dunn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 630-679-8661.

Women’s Leagues information can be found here.  

Men’s, Senior and Corporate Leagues information can be found here.

Junior League information can be found here.

Additionally, check the Golf section of the current Program Guide for golf program descriptions and to register.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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