Oak Meadows could get a clubhouse

DuPage forest preserve commissioners are exploring the possibility of once again having a clubhouse at Oak Meadows Golf Preserve.

The board recently hired Daniel Wohlfeil Design Ltd. to do preliminary designs for a clubhouse at the property in Addison. The Elmhurst-based company will be paid $140,000 to do the work over the next six months.

Officials said Daniel Wohlfeil Design will provide the board with options, alternatives and cost estimates, so decisions can be made about the scale and capacities of a potential building.

"We want to see what kind of uses there would be and what we could put into a building," Commissioner Jeff Redick said. "We also what to know what the price tag would be."

Oak Meadows had a clubhouse for decades until it was destroyed in a 2009 fire.

The property has a pro shop and a garage. However, the lack of a permanent clubhouse with food and beverage amenities is a disadvantage when competing for fee-paying golfers and outings, officials said.

Now that the property has been improved through a $16.8 million renovation project, Redick said the board can consider a possible clubhouse.

But there are a number of decisions that must be made about how the building would be used. For example, Redick said he believes the building should have an educational component and be a spot where the district can offer programming.

The district then would have to figure out how it would pay for a new clubhouse. "We'll have to take a look at where it would fit into the budget," Redick said.

The $140,000 fee for Daniel Wohlfeil Design's contract is coming from Oak Meadows' golf enterprise fund.

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