Golf Clubhouse Design

Planning Project

The Preserve at Oak Meadows:
Clubhouse Development

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 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.



Construction began after a Sept. 17, 2019 groundbreaking. Despite schedule delays in 2020, completed milestones include excavation and construction of the basement and foundation, erection of the steel structure, installation of roof decking, and completion of a solar system on the adjacent cart storage building.

The exterior envelope of the building is expected to be in place by late fall 2020 so work can continue during the winter. The clubhouse is expected to be complete prior to the start of the summer 2021 golf season.

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