OAK MEADOWS RENOVATION MOVES FORWARD

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BY: Rory Spears, Editor & Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin & Twitter @GogBlogGuy

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Board of Commissioners, has awarded a construction contract for the renovation of the Oak Meadows Golf Preserve in Addison.

A renovation project will begin on July 6th, to help create a flood-resistant golf operation and to create a natural habitat and to improve flooding control along Salt Creek that runs through the property.

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Ed Stevenson at WSBC AM 1240 & WCFJ AM 1470 home of Golfers on Golf Radio, is the Director of Golf Enterprises at the District.

“This plan for Oak Meadows was borne out of a desire to challenge the assumption that any efforts to protect the golf operations from flooding would simultaneously reduce the property’s usefulness for stormwater management,” said Ed Stevenson,director of Golf Enterprises for the district.

The 288 acre project has been awarded to Martam Construction Inc. of Elgin,to create an 18 hole par-72 course with tee options that range from 4,800 yards to 7,100 yards and to expand the practice area’s. Part of the master plan is to elevate some of the playing surfaces to limit damage from frequent flooding. This project will include all 27 holes that currently comprise the Oak Meadows golf complex.

Construction will begin on July 6th, one day after the course will close for the golf season in 2015, Oak Meadows is expected to reopen in 2017. Batavia based architect Greg Martin is heading up a national team of architects to complete this special project.

“This project is about creating a valuable and engaging golf experience, while rehabilitating an extraordinary, but deteriorated landscape,” says Martin.” Ultimately, the golfers will benefit and the community will benefit.”

The renovation project will increase the stormwater capacity to the property by more than 20 million gallons, and create 25 acres of new wetlands and 43 acres of riparian habitat. It will restore 13 acres of corridor along Salt Creek, that has suffered from erosion from poor water quality and limited plant and animal diversity.

“The District is proud is proud to be at the forefront of sustainable environmental management practices by providing an engaging golf experience while restoring wetlands and natural habitat to the benefit of our residents and guests,” said Forest Preserve District of Dupage County President Joe Cantore.

The DCFPD is celebrating it’s 100th year. Come and enjoy all it has to offer. Watch for more details about special events at Oak Meadows before it closes for the season. See Dupagegolf.com for more information on golf.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.