Photo by Joe Boyle
Visitors can golf or reserve a room for birthdays, corporate outings or other milestone celebrations at the Water's Edge Golf Club in Worth.
By Joe Boyle
Golfers who visit the Water’s Edge Golf Club enjoy playing on the 18-hole course along the Cal-Sag Channel in Worth.
However, it is not only the golf course itself that draws visitors to the club. Worth Mayor Mary Werner said they welcome the golfers but realize the amenities the bar and grill offers draws a variety of people to the Water’s Edge Club, 7205 W. 115th St.
“They are so active in recruiting events at the club,” Werner said. “It’s just unbelievable.”
Werner attributes much of the recent success of the Water’s Edge Club to Dean Gabey, who serves as the general manager. Gabey provides a steady influence at the club and can be seen in the pro shop and the bar and grill providing information and helping out visitors.
“The number of events has increased dramatically in his second year there,” Werner said about Gabey, who has completed just over two years as the general manager.
Robert O’Shaughnessy, the director of the Worth Parks and Recreation Department, said he has noticed the difference at the golf club the past year.
“They are busy all the time now,” ‘Shaughnessy said. “We have even noticed on days of inclement weather that a lot of people come to the club. And the golf outings they have organized have been very successful.”
Gabey is a daily presence at the golf club and is usually busy finalizing plans for tee-times, outings, birthday parties and receptions.
He was first officially introduced at a Worth Village Board meeting on Feb. 2, 2016. Gabey was familiar with Water’s Edge because he occasionally assisted Kevin Fitzgerald, the previous general manager. Gabey and Fitzgerald are good friends.
Gabey, who was previously employed at the Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Ind., received a warm welcome from the mayor and the board that evening. Gabey was a head golf professional for five years at the Lost Marsh Golf Course.
“I feel like this is a really good fit for me,” Gabey told the Worth Village Board. “The Village of Worth is a carbon copy of where I grew up. It is a small-town type community with a mix of blue-collar and white-collar workers, an atmosphere I know very well.
“I see a great potential here for Water’s Edge and I look forward to a long career here,” added Gabey, a native of Pittsburgh.
“He has brought a lot of golfers in here,” Werner said. “Chicago police officers began golfing here. They obviously like it because every Monday they come here to golf.”
The staff at Water’s Edge welcome corporate outings and fundraisers. They also welcome family gatherings. This also includes 18-hole shotgun starts and nine-hole outings, especially for twilight golf. Other activities also held at Water’s Edge include charitable events, family milestones and retirement parties.
Gabey said that golfers with disabilities are also welcome at Water’s Edge. The course will make reasonable accommodation to ensure golfers with disabilities are able to enjoy the course. More information about golfers with disabilities and other events at Water’s Edge can be obtained by calling (708) 671-1032.
Gabey said that Water’s Edge Bar and Grill will hold holiday events. During the year, diners will be able to look out at the 18th hole.
Werner said that is important to keep interest up at the golf course by constantly marketing themselves. She said that Gabey does just that with his high amount of energy. But, invariably, all the marketing will be meaningless if the product does not deliver. Werner said Water’s Edge has been destination point for many.
“I always say if you can get them in here, they will want to come back,” Werner said.