Flooding that forced Palatine Hills Golf Course to close several holes over the weekend served as a reminder that plans to address the course's ongoing water problems have not yet been implemented fully.
Parts of four holes at the Palatine Park District's 18-hole course were underwater at the opening of business Sunday as a result of Saturday's heavy rains. The golf course, at 512 W. Northwest Highway, is part of the area floodplain.
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Steve Nagle, the district's superintendent of facilities, said the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago expanded the nearby Margreth Riemer Reservoir several years ago as a way to relieve area flooding.
"We are pleased with how much (the reservoir) can take," Nagle said.
However, he added, merely expanding the reservoir again might not provide further relief because it can handle only so much water for the area.
In October, Park District Executive Director Mike Clark discussed a plan under which the district would provide the MWRD with land for a drainage project at the northeast corner of the course that also would widen the channel.
Nagle said Monday that while the park district has been in ongoing talks with the MWRD about that project, the plan has not been put into action.
"We've progressed on that," he said. "We are still discussing the specifics."
Nagle said flooding shut the entire course down four times in 2013 and as many times through July this year. The course was back to full operation on Monday.