Mundelein High officials to talk future of the district's golf course

  • RUSSELL LISSAU/rlissau@dailyherald.comGolfer John Florip, left, lines up a putt Tuesday at the Village Green Golf Club in Mundelein as Pete Bolender looks on.

    RUSSELL LISSAU/rlissau@dailyherald.comGolfer John Florip, left, lines up a putt Tuesday at the Village Green Golf Club in Mundelein as Pete Bolender looks on.

  • The Village Green Golf Club is owned by Mundelein High School District 120. Officials will meet Wednesday to discuss the site's future.

    The Village Green Golf Club is owned by Mundelein High School District 120. Officials will meet Wednesday to discuss the site's future. Russell Lissau | Staff Photographer

 
 
Posted10/1/2014 5:30 AM

A decade after Mundelein High School officials bought a local golf course to potentially use as a second campus, board members and administrators will meet Wednesday to discuss the site's future.

The Village Green Golf Club is on the southwest corner of Midlothian and Winchester roads, a short drive from the high school's Hawley Street campus. Officials paid $8.4 million for the land in 2004, thinking a new school or athletic fields could be built there.

 

But rising enrollment predictions never materialized, and the 96-acre site has remained in use by golfers instead of students and teachers.

A firm from West suburban Northlake called Golf Visions Management Corp. has run the club since 2007.

The district gets a percentage of the course's revenue. By contract, the district's take is at least $50,000 annually.

The company helps pay the real estate taxes on the property, too.

The school board's finance and facilities committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss options for the land.

District officials aren't considering any firm offers for the land, board member Patrick Browne said.

Periodically, however, people voice interest in buying Village Green if the price is right, he said.

Fellow board member Paul Lohr had a similar take on the situation.

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"We're just talking about it," Lohr said.

Lake Villa resident John Florip has been golfing at Village Green for years and was out there Tuesday afternoon.

"It's a good course, and they keep it in great shape," Florip said.

Antioch resident Pete Bolender is a Village Green fan, too.

"Since Golf Visions has taken it over, I think it's gotten better," he said.

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