Oak Brook Golf Club

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Oak Brook Golf Club, owned by Larry and Nancy Suhre, was first opened for play in 1972 as a nine hole golf course, with just two employees. Today, Oak Brook Golf Club is a 27–hole public golf course employing more than 20 workers. The course is a reflection of Larry’s love for golf and his desire to make the course into a respectable venue.

“What makes us different is our friendly staff and our value. You would be hard pressed to find a better golfing value and happier people working at a golf course. Many of our employees have been with us for over 20 years,” said Mike Suhre, Head PGA Professional & Manager at Oak Brook.

Mike grew up on the course and has been involved with Oak Brook his entire life. “My grandfather and father built the course and everyone thought they were crazy when they first started. My grandfather passed away in 1976 and did not get to see his work turn into success. My father, Larry, never imagined Oak Brook would grow to what it has become,” Mike said.

The staff at Oak Brook Golf Club take pride in their many leagues, and their target market is golfers looking for an everyday place to play. Oak Brook Golf Club’s low costs allow everyone to enjoy playing at their course.

When asked about future plans, Mike said, “Our goal at Oak Brook is constant improvement. I can’t remember a year that has gone by without significant change. Whether it’s a new tee box, additional flowers, or new additions to the clubhouse, something always changes for the better.”

Oak Brook gives back to the community through multiple avenues. Larry Suhre has a Rotary scholarship named after him, and Nancy has received countless accolades for her charitable work throughout her life. The focus today at Oak Brook is youth and the military. They frequently support children as well as those who serve and protect. Oak Brook Golf Club is also the home of Edwardsville High School, Triad High School, and Metro East Lutheran High School golf teams, and students play free due to my parents commitment to junior golf.

Being involved with other local businesses has been vital to Oak Brook Golf Club’s success, and membership in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce since 1976 has played a key role in establishing and maintaining those connections with fellow businesses and local organizations.

In closing, Mike said, “Thank you to everyone who has supported us in our first 40 years of business. We wouldn’t be here without our customers.”

The Oak Brook Golf Club mantra is a quote by John Wooden: “You cannot live a perfect day until you help someone that will not be able to repay you.”

To learn more about Oak Brook Golf Club, call 618.656.5600, go to www.oakbrookgc.com, or grab your clubs and head out to 9157 Fruit Road in Edwardsville.