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THE NORTHBROOK PARK DISTRICT operators of the Sportsman’s Country Club on Dundee Road in Northbrook, is preparing to go under the wrecking ball for a major renovation, Golfers on Golf has learned.

Work would start if possible late in the summer of 2019, and the course is expected to be closed at least one year while changes are made.

The golf course that currently includes 27 holes, will be changed and redone. The clubs current clubhouse will be taken down and could be moved on the property. The clubs miniature golf course is expected to be removed completely, but could be brought to another Northbrook Park District location.

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The next step is to decide which team of architects will win the bid to redo the golf course and clubhouse.

The Northbrook Park District’s board of drirectors came up with a unique plan to rebuild Sportsman’s.

They made interested architects create a team, so that submitted plans were on the same page for both the clubhouse and the golf course.

After initial reviews, the field has been trimmed to six teams, and final presentations will be made this Wednesday and Thursday. the board is expected to decide on the winning team shortly after that.

Golfers on Golf has learned the following architects have made the cut for this weeks presentations.

1.Dave Esler, who recently redesigned Mt. Prospect, and is working again at Ravisloe.  2. Mike Benkusky, who is coming off the renovation of Arlington Lakes and St.Charles.  3. Bob Lohmannm currently working on a 3-year project at the Schaumburg Golf Club.  4. Ray Hearn, who will head up the project at Oak Brook Hills, and designed Mistwood.  5. Richard Mandell from Pinehurst, designed the famed Country Club of North Carolina. 6. Greg Martin who is raking in awards for his work at the Preserve at Oak Meadows.

While the clubhouse architects are not known, one source tells Golfers on Golf that Dan Wohlfeil, who will design the clubhouse at the Preserve at Oak Meadows, is currently working on the Chicago Highlands clubhouse, and recently did the new Mistwood Clubhouse has teamed with Martin.

Golfers on Golf will continue to follow the story as it develops.

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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 WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.