Oak Meadows Clubhouse Preliminary Design
The District acquired Oak Meadows, the former Elmhurst Country Club in 1985, primarily as a flood-control area. But, the District quickly realized that the golf course itself was a valuable resource as both a recreational and habitat asset.
For years, the course challenged golfers’ skills, but the waters that flowed over the banks of Salt Creek during floods challenged course operations as well. With each flood, the property served its valuable role by storing water on golf course land away from homes and businesses, but at the same time, golf operations abruptly came to a halt and 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 to allow for elevation changes that would make golf surfaces resistant to flood damage while creating more space for stormwater storage. Construction began at the 288-acre site in 2015, and the newly reconstructed Oak Meadows Golf Preserve 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 Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Daniel Wohlfeil Design Ltd. to provide options, alternatives and cost estimates so that informed decisions can be made about the scale and capacities of the potential building.
The Board approved a contract with Daniel Wohlfeil Design Ltd. in November 2016. Preliminary design is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2017.