FRENCH LICK RESORT ANNOUNCES 17 MILLION ADDITION

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THEY HAVEN’T STOPPED GETTING BETTER. It’s been a labor of love for the Cook Group over the last 14 years, since they bought the French Lick Resort and restored this great piece of American history based in Southern Indiana.

Over the years, the French Lick Resort has seen the Cook Group invest some $560 million dollars into the property. That number is about to grow higher,with the latest additions being added to the resort.

The latest improvements coming to French Lick include a 17 million dollar addition of rooms located near the casino. There will also be a new sports bar, so guests can see all the sports action right on property, before heading into the 51,000 square foot casino for a little action of their own.

The project includes 56 new guest rooms,  with rooms that will be ADA-accessible, regular rooms, and larger suites than be set up as adjoining rooms.

Work has already started on the new rooms located by the casino at the French Lick Resort.

The resorts Exhibition Hall is near completion of it’s renovation, and the former Billiards and Bowling Pavilion is being converted into a first class venue for weddings and other special events.

“Bot the guest rooms and the sports bar will be great additions to an area of the resort that has seen some incredible growth in recent years,” said Adina Cloud, the resorts Director of Sales. “Our volume of Event Center business increases every year. Now, these guests will be able to access these new venues easily since both will be a short walk from the Event Center. These are also two products that will give our guests more choices as they complement our existing line of guestrooms and restaurants.”

  The West Baden Hotel (L) and the French Lick Hotel (R), room totals 243 WB-443-FLH, =686, and then the new 56 and the room count will be 742.

Kremp Construction of nearby Jasper is contracted for the project, Kremp did much of the original construction work,when the Cook Group bought the resort. Chuck Franz the Vice-President of the Cook Group, say the new additions to the resort should allow for the hiring of at least another 100 new associates to join the resorts current staff.

The current 9-hole Valley Links Course.

There is good news for golfers at the resort as well.

The currently nine-hole Valley Links course designed by famed architect Tom Bendelow, will get a restoration on it’s current nine holes, in addition to another nine holes getting added.

The new nine holes will go up on the hills that is to the left of holes 2 & 3 on the current routing.

The resort will likely get the new rooms and sports bar completed first, before starting work on the golf course. As a result the golf course project, might not begin until 2020 or 2021.   For more information on the French Lick Resort, visit Frenchlick.com.

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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.