This is a guest blog written by Townsquare Media's Michael Weindruch. Michael is one of Townsquare Quad Cities biggest sports fans. 

Let’s talk about golf. I really, really like golf. I watch golf on TV, I subscribe to Golf Digest and I play a round or two (weekly) whenever time permits. I play in a weekly foursome every Sunday morning and try to play in various charity outings each year. And when it comes to the John Deere Classic … to watch the pro’s tear up the difficult TPC at Deere Run is an annual excursion.

I had the treat to play in the Pro-Am at the John Deere a while back.Talk about pressure. Actual “patrons” on the course and the possibility of one of them getting in the way of an errant shot. Surprisingly, after my marriage and the birth of my two daughters … it might have been one of the best days of my life. And luckily my team featuring Notah Begay WON the Pro-Am.

Be advised that this pro-am is a 5-person, handicapped event, where strokes are given based on your handicap and the difficulty of each hole.

We are privileged in the Quad Cities to have a nice variety of public and private courses to choose from on both sides of the river. And for the most part, the prices are extremely reasonable. Try comparing the cost of a round of golf in the Quad Cities to Chicagoland.

If you’re just starting out, there are courses that will meet your needs. Red Hawk in Davenport is the Iowa home to the First Tee program which introduces kids to this wonderful game.  And the course is a great place for beginners.

City owned courses like Duck Creek in Davenport and Saukie in Rock Island are courses to take your game to the next level. Not especially long and difficult, but well-maintained and priced very friendly.

As we tour the Quads we find great Illinois public courses like Highland Springs, Indian Bluff, Byron Hills, Golfmohr, and the historic Arsenal.  In Iowa, you can get in a nice round at Palmer Hills, Glynns Creek, Emeis, Pebble Creek (9 holes) and Rustic Ridge (9 holes). And don’t forget about Fyre Lake Golf course near Sherrard.

Our private courses are pretty sweet too. Crow Valley Golf Club (home to the first few QC Open events), Davenport Country Club, Oakwood Country Club (former home to our little PGA event), Short Hills Country Club and Pinnacle Country Club are perfect based on the style you’re looking for … and can afford.

The weather is finally ready to cooperate and the good rounds are out there to be had.  Make a tee time with friends and hit ‘em straight!