Glenview Park Golf Club hosts farewell tournament

GLENVIEW — About 100 golfers bid adieu to an old friend Sunday, a buddy always there waiting to see them.

And when the day was over, they parted ways until next year in 2015.

The Glenview Park Golf Club closed Monday for an extensive remake of the 18-hole course at 800 Shermer Road, primarily to reduce flooding after heavy rains.

The daylong tournament in muggy heat and sun included awards, entertainment and a barbecue dinner.

“It will be a big change of pace for this community, but the end result will be fabulous,” said Wood Dale resident Ken Falkner, a 15-year starter and ranger at Glenview Park Golf Club.

“For one, bunkers will be closer to the greens for a tougher shot. It’s a move in the right direction. The flooding problems should be gone.”

Jo Honda has played in the women’s league for 10 years, but took up the game in the early 1970s as a student at DePaul University in Chicago.

“The reconstruction of this course is a big disruption to our league. It’s a part of my lifestyle,” said Honda, a retired Spanish teacher at Chicago’s Theodore Roosevelt High School.

“I like the camaraderie of golf, being outdoors and we have lunch together afterward,” she said.

The $4.2 million project has a mid-June 2015 completion date, and it’s expected to favorably impact 130 adjoining home properties that often take on storm water.

In March 2013, Glenview village trustees agreed to budget up to $1.7 million in partnering with Glenview Park District to fund the improvements.

The intergovernmental agreement calls for widening the water detention ponds on the 106-acre course, mainly on its south half.

The expanded ponds will hold and slow water flowing east to the West Branch of the North Fork of the Chicago River, said Bob Hamilton, of Gewalt Hamilton Associates in Vernon Hills, hired for the project.

He added the effort would benefit the Robincrest Lane neighborhood.

Other renovations included installing new drain tiles, re-grading so that water flows away from playable parts such as fairways and raising fairway grades to drain water onto roughs.

“I’ve been golfing here for 23 years and after the reconstruction I hope to use it another 23 years,” said Dan Maga, a Golf resident.

He believed locating the sand traps closer to the holes will improve his game.

“The changes being done out here are mostly visual, meaning the traps will be much easier to see, especially at holes seven and 16.”

Glenview Park Golf has agreements with Wilmette Golf Club, Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling and Winnetka Golf Club that allow its patrons to play on the courses for special rates.

The park district estimates it will lose $800,000 in revenues while the course is closed, but the sum was already accounted for in the budget, said district officials.

The park district bought the golf course from Chesterfield Country Club in 1955, and it was built in 1920.

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