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 to the public in 2017. Since reopening, the reinvented property has received numerous awards and accolades from environmental organizations and national golf publications.
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. In June 2017, two clubhouse concepts were presented to the public for comment, and the board approved a final schematic design in August 2017.
In 2018, construction documents were prepared and the District contracted with Pepper Construction Company as construction manager to provide preconstruction services.
In 2019, Pepper Construction Company publicly bid the project on the District's behalf. On Aug. 20, 2019, the Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Pepper Construction Company to build the clubhouse for a price not to exceed $12,683,811.