Oak Meadows Golf Improvements
Oak Meadows Golf Course — a 288-acre preserve — is now closed for construction on the Oak Meadows Golf Preserve Master Plan, which began July 2015. View the Oak Meadows Preserve Improvements Project Update provided to the Board of Commission on July 15, 2014. Or read about the preserve’s future plans in Golf Course Industry Magazine.
The Forest Preserve District completed the master planning process for the preserve in September 2013. That October, the District executed a professional services contract for engineering and architecture with Engineering Resource Associates, Inc. and Martin Design Partnership, Ltd. The contract included construction-related drawings and specifications for the project and obtaining regulatory permits.
The project area encompasses 18 holes at Oak Meadows and 9 holes at Maple Meadows golf courses. Critical portions of playing areas at Oak Meadows will be elevated to limit recurring damages caused by frequent flooding of Salt Creek, which flows through the middle of the property.
Golf enhancements will include a redesigned 18-hole layout with improved flood resistance, multiple tee options ranging from 4,800 to 7,000 yards and expanded practice areas. Oak Meadows’s 27 holes will be reduced to 18 holes to provide an additional 33 acres of floodwater storage and wetlands and 67 acres of upland area enhancements. In-stream improvements include the removal of two low-head dams along Salt Creek and existing hard bank protection and the installation of riffle structures and bank structures. The stabilization practices will provide improve water quality and decrease pollutants. A trail is planned on the south end of the preserve to connect the Salt Creek Greenway Trail to the west to the Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve trail to the east.
On April 21, 2015 the District Board of Commissioners approved a $15.5 million construction contract with Martam Construction for the project.The District is leveraging multiple sources to fund the project, including funds from its golf courses and investment earnings, along with potential funding provided by DuPage County, the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Oak Meadows Golf Course will close to the public starting July 7, 2015 and reopen in the Spring 2017.