BOURBON, MO Imperial Headwear announced today a new campaign to help raise funds for planned renovations to Canal Shores Golf Course, a unique community short course that straddles the communities of Evanston and Wilmette near Chicago, Ill. Imperial is now offering limited edition Canal Shores hats and visors for sale on its website, of which $10 from each item sold will be donated to the Canal Shores 100 fundraising campaign.

“Imperial is pleased to be a small part of the movement to grow the game and support projects that promote player development,” said David Shaffer, director of marketing at Imperial Headwear. “Canal Shores is a great example of strategic vision and tremendous planning to create comfortable environments where golfers can learn, practice and enjoy the game of golf.”

In addition to the vision of the golf course renovation, Canal Shores is embarking on an ambitious effort to develop and implement an overall ecological master plan that will incorporate multi-use recreational opportunities and facilities with a focus on ecological and habitat renovation and restoration.

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The Master Plan for Canal Shores, will give the course four distinct areas of focus and 41 total holes, including:

  • The Kids Links 5-hole short course and youth practice facility;
  • The Rolling Green 18-hole putting course;
  • The Back Lot 6-hole par 3 course that doubles as multi-directional practice facility;
  • The Jans Course 12-hole golf course which will pay homage to Chicago’s Golden Age of Golf Architecture.

The versatile and innovative layout will give Canal Shores the ability to attract new segments of golfers at all levels of experience.

Imperial is offering three styles of headwear for sale at with a retro merrowed edge patch embroidered with “Canal Shores Illinois” text:

  1. “The Evanston” – An updated rope hat style with lightweight, performance fabric. This cap has a white adjustable snap back closure and black rope running across the top of the visor.
  2. “The Canal Shores” – The original tour visor from Imperial Headwear. This style is Made in the USA and features a high crown and white terrycloth sweatband.
  3. “The Wilmette” – A popular mesh-back, structured silhouette with a durable cotton twill front.

“Canal Shores is excited and honored to have the support of Imperial as we move towards our second century of golf operations in a unique urban setting,” said Kevin Kane, Canal Shores 100 Capital Campaign. “With every dollar raised as part of this limited edition release, Canal Shores will invest in enhancing the community and golfing experience that it provides to its visitors.”

For more information on Imperial Headwear, please visit or call (800) 950-1916. For more information on Canal Shores or Canal Shores 100, please visit 

About Imperial Headwear

Founded in 1916, Imperial Headwear is the leading manufacturer and marketer of premium quality headwear and accessories for the golf market. Imperial is committed to style, functionality and perfection in fit and comfort. It is this commitment that has allowed the creation of a wide variety of headwear with quality that is second to none. Renowned for its superior customer service and art customization capabilities, Imperial offers its products using the most innovative digital design, logo and embroidery technologies. For further information please visit or call (800) 950-1916. Follow Imperial on Twitter and Instagram at @ImperialHats and on Facebook at Imperial Headwear’s 100th Anniversary video can be viewed at

About Canal Shores Golf Course and the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association

The Association, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, was formed in 1919 to manage the operations of the 18-hole Canal Shores Golf Course. It is established as a charitable organization and qualifies as an exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The course runs along the North Shore Channel from Green Bay Road in Evanston to the Baha’i Temple near Wilmette Harbor. The land that comprises Canal Shores is sub-leased by the Association from the City of Evanston and Village of Wilmette, which lease the property from its owner, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Cook County. It offers programs that celebrate the game of golf, with special programs designed for families, youth and the community. Visit the website at to learn more about the Association’s commitment to sustainability.


Imperial Headwear: David Shaffer, Director of Marketing,