Golf Clubhouse Design

Planning Project

The Preserve at Oak Meadows: Clubhouse Design

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.

 

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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 opened for a preview season in 2017. 

Now that the golf preserve is open, it is 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. In 2016, the District's Board of Commissioners hired Daniel Wohlfeil Design Ltd. (DWD) to design a new clubhouse.

 

Status

As a result of the Board’s approval of a schematic design contract with DWD in Nov. 2016, District staff and the design firm met with stakeholders and developed and presented concepts for the clubhouse to the public and the Board. The Board approved a final clubhouse design concept on Aug. 1, 2017.

On Oct. 17, 2017, the Board approved a design development with DWD for further refinement and development of the design. Pending future approvals by the Board, construction of a new clubhouse could begin in spring 2019.