Oak Meadows: The Preserve Clubhouse Preliminary Design

Overview
The Forest Preserve District acquired Oak Meadows — the former Elmhurst Country Club — primarily as a flood-control area in 1985. Soon after, the District realized the golf course itself was a valuable resource not only as a habitat but also as a recreational asset.

For many years, the course challenged golfers’ skills but the waters that flowed over the banks of Salt Creek during floods challenged course operations. With each flood, the property served its valuable role by storing water on golf course land away from homes and businesses; at the same time, golf operations came to a halt and course repairs interrupted business for weeks at a time.

In 2012 the District started a process that would reconfigure and reconstruct 27 original holes — 18 at Oak Meadows and 9 at the adjacent Maple Meadows — to 18 total to allow for elevation changes, making golf surfaces resistant to flood damage and creating more space for stormwater storage. Construction began at the 288-acre site in 2015, and the newly reconstructed The Preserve at Oak Meadows will open to the public in 2017. 

At that time, the golf preserve will be missing a critical component — a clubhouse. The original clubhouse, a legacy building from the Elmhurst Country Club era, was destroyed by a fire in 2009. As a result, the Forest Preserve District's Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Daniel Wohlfeil Design Ltd. (DWD) to provide options, alternatives and cost estimates so that informed decisions can be made about the scale and capacities of the potential building. 

Status
Since the Board’s approval of a contract with DWD in Nov. 2016, District staff and the design firm met with stakeholders and developed two concepts for the clubhouse of varying scales for consideration. The concepts were presented for input to the Board on May 23, 2017 and at two public open houses on June 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Village Hall in Addison and June 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at District headquarters in Wheaton.  

After, questions and comments about the clubhouse design were accepted during a two week comment period. View questions frequently asked during the public comment period.

On Aug. 1, 2017, the Board approved the clubhouse schematic design concept

Watch the WGN Lexus Long Drive and Golf Scene TV segments to discover more about The Preserve at Oak Meadows. 

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