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Editors Note***

Golf Digest has recognized the work done by DuPage County Forest Preserve District Executive Director Ed Stevenson, and architect Greg Martin at Oak Meadows, now called The Preserve at Oak Meadows. All of us at Golfers on Golf applaud our partner Ed Stevenson, and architect Greg Martin for their countless hours of work that has resulted in the re-creation of one of the Chicago area’s best Public Golf Courses. RS

The Preserve at Oak Meadows earns Golf Digest Magazine’s Green Star Award.

The Green Star Award recognizes, acknowledges and promotes the environmental solutions  by golf development.

Ed Stevenson is the Executive Director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, that operates The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison.

“I am thrilled that the Preserve at Oak Meadows has been acknowledged and honored and that it will forever be listed with some of the most iconic golf courses in the world,” said Martin. “It is necessary to acknowledge the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County for their courage to pursue this project. Our mission was to thoughtfully integrate environmental benefit with a great golf course that could better withstand flood events.  It validates our effort to integrate an exceptional an exceptional golf experience with valuable environmental benefit.”

Greg Martin designs the holes of the Preserve at Oak Meadows in his Batavia Office.

“The Preserve at Oak Meadows demonstrates that a golf course can serve golfers and the greater community,” Ron Whitten, golf architecture editor, Golf Digest Magazine.

“The changes that we made to the property are going to be good for golfers, good for the habitat and good for the community for decades,” says Stevenson.

“The newly-renovated Preserve at Oak Meadows melds together form and function. The unique design incorporates Salt Creek and the critical wetland area’s. These changes benefit the site and the surrounding community,while providing an interesting and playable golf experience,” said Kimberly Erusha, USGA Green Section.

The Par 4, 7th hole at the Preserve at Oak Meadows

Golf Digest Magazine instituted it’s Green Star Award in 2009, to recognize golf facilities that “demonstrate the best in sustainable, efficient and innovative environmental practices that every golf facility could emulate.”

Some of the previous winners of the award include the following golf facilities, or golf courses. Pinehurst #2, The Rio Olympic Course, Kiawah Island Resort Course, Pebble Beach Resorts and the Bandon Dunes Resort Golf Course. For more information see this months issue of Golf Digest Magazine.

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About Rory Spears

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.