DuPage forest preserve exploring possible golf course upgrades
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Green Meadows Golf Course in Westmont could be improved as part of a proposed partnership the DuPage County Forest Preserve District might form with other golf organizations.
Courtesy of Forest Preserve District of DuPage Cou
DuPage County Forest Preserve officials are exploring the possibility of partnering with golf organizations to redesign Green Meadows Golf Course into a "model facility" with accessibility for golfers with disabilities.
If the idea becomes a reality, the nine-hole course in Westmont also would offer educational programs meant to grow the game.
Golf Operations Director Ed Stevenson said district officials are in preliminary talks with two groups, The Freedom Golf Association and Links Across America, about improving Green Meadows.
The Freedom Golf Association is committed to helping golfers with special needs. Links Across America develops shorter courses to introduce young people and others to the game.
"There are lots of programs out there that don't have the type of site that is truly conducive to their needs," Stevenson said. "They recognized an opportunity and an interest in developing a site somewhere that could almost serve as a model for special types of programming."
Under the proposal, the golf organizations would seek third-party dollars to improve the 40-acre Green Meadows site, which is located along 63rd Street. The district wouldn't be required to contribute any money to the project.
Using a "wish list" of suggestions from the organizations, a golf course architect recently came up with "an exploratory concept" of what Green Meadows would look like if it was redesigned. The architect also determined preliminary cost estimates for the improvements.
Green Meadows would remain a nine-hole course, according to the conceptual plan. But it would have new areas, including a practice range and a learning area.
Stevenson said the learning area would have short holes and chipping and putting greens that could be used for golf education programs.
While everything is exploratory at this point, The Freedom Golf Association is "very interested" in the concept, according to Stevenson.
"They have a belief that they can reach out within the golf community and potentially raise enough third-party funds," he said.
The organization is planning to speak with several groups within the golf community to see if they would be interested in helping a fundraising effort.
The district would have to formally approve any plan to redesign Green Meadows before the work could happen. Still, officials are excited about the possibility, Stevenson said.
"The hope is that others in the golf community agree and there could be a successful opportunity to raise funds to develop the improvements," he said.
Green Meadows is one of three golf courses owned and operated by the forest preserve. The other two are Oak Meadows Golf Club in Addison and Maple Meadows Golf Club in Wood Dale.
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