The following information provides an update regarding the Northbrook Park District’s 2018-2022: New Places to Play initiative.
Project Overview at Sportsman’s Country Club
The project will include major renovations at Sportsman’s including:
On November 7, 2018, the Northbrook Park District announced Sportsman’s would remain open for the entire 2019 season.
In May, we partnered with a highly skilled design team to develop a master plan for Sportsman’s. The preliminary plan was presented to the Board of Commissioners in September. Through the planning process, we gained valuable insight which called for further exploration of this important community project. We are dedicated to our goal of enhancing the overall golf experience at Sportsman’s and to becoming a desired destination for the entire community. In that spirit, we intend to investigate partnership opportunities to leverage available and interested community resources to expand the scope of the project.
A Request for Proposal has been issued to broaden the project to include more innovative golf amenities and a clubhouse with a year-round restaurant for the benefit of golfers and non-golfers alike. We are happy to announce that with this new development we will be open for golf for the entire 2019 season.
Selection of Architects
On May 2-3, 2018, the golf selection committee (comprised of District staff from various divisions and two Park Board commissioners) interviewed six renown golf course and clubhouse architectural firms from a field of 13 teams who submitted proposals.
On May 7, the Northbrook Park District selected the team of Martin Design (golf course architect) and Daniel Wohlfiel Design (clubhouse architect) for this project. After successful contract negotiations with the District and approval by the Northbrook Park District Board of Commissioners, Martin/Wohlfiel would be awarded the architectural services for Sportsman’s golf course and clubhouse renovations.
Golfer and Resident Input
Golfers, residents, stakeholders, District board and staff provided input as part of the 2017 Sportsman’s Golf Assessment and will have opportunities for additional feedback at key milestones during the project.
Timeline and Project Costs
A project timeline will be determined in the near future. The District has allocated $12.5 million and intends to issue bonds to partially fund this project along with District reserves.
Project Team Background
Golf course architect Greg Martin has extensive master planning and course renovation experience throughout the Chicago area. Some of Martin’s projects include Arrowhead Golf Club (Wheaton Park District), The Preserve at Oak Meadows (Forest Preserve District of DuPage County) and Rich Harvest Links (Sugar Grove). The primary focus and experience of Daniel Wohlfiel Design is in the golf course clubhouse market including Mistwood Golf Club (Romeoville), Chicago Highlands Club (Westchester) and The Preserve at Oak Meadows (Addison).
Stay tuned to sportsmansgolf.com and nbparks.org for news about Sportsman’s and all District activities as we continue moving forward with plans as outlined in the Comprehensive Master Plan.