White Pines Golf Dome to reopen under new ownership
Bensenville's White Pines Golf Dome will reopen Saturday with new ownership for the first time in 20 years.
Northbrook-based KemperSports officials announced Friday their acquisition of the winter dome from longtime owner and operator Mike Munro and said they'll continue operating the facility through a partnership with Bensenville Park District. The park district owns the White Pines Golf Club and Banquets at 500 W. Jefferson St. and leases land to the dome.
The heated practice dome features 48 hitting stalls on two levels, a 45-foot contoured putting green, a golf simulator station and private and group instruction from PGA professionals.
Park board President John Wassinger said he's expecting great things to come from the new relationship.
"Kemper runs golf facilities; this is what they do so it's going to be great," he said. "And it's exciting for us because the deal will enable us to use their buying power on things like equipment and fertilizer for White Pines."
KemperSports officials said they intend to implement their Player Development Program at the dome, which introduced the game to more than 3,500 new golfers this year.
They also plan to offer a new season-long, points-based loyalty program offering added benefits, member rates and promotions for returning guests. The card can be purchased for $20 before Dec. 1. It will be free for junior golfers (younger than 18) all season long.