Keep.it, you fools.
A well maintained golf course is much nicer than more apartments or shopping centers. I’m for more grass and less concrete.
We are seeing the same thing happening in Western New York, Buffalo area. With decreasing play; new courses
I have never played Joliet GC so I have no idea of the club, land or players. I'd like to ask the people who play there on a regular basis if they would support their club with their wallet. This course sounds like it charges a modest fee to play. I can imagine the up roar if they upped their greens fee to make them profitable. Number of rounds would plummet and the outcome would be the same. Running a golf course is an expensive, labor intensive enterprise to keep conditions to a Muni+ level. Support your local club!
I think all golf courses should find a way to stay open and playable. I prefer to seea golf course than warehouses or buildings.
I played Joliet Country Club a couple times and found it be a nice place to play,. I would prefer that they keep this Parkland course as is, but then I am not handling the financial considerations.I would NOT want the land to be redeveloped into warehouse. Joliet has far too many of these and not enough open land. To make this course work, you need a strong marketing and advertising budget to attract golfers from Chicago. Unfortunately, the competition for golfers from nearby courses of a similar nature, e.g., Cog Hill, Mistwood, Big Run, etc., make this hard to make ends meet. In addition, getting the word out that the course went public was slow to hit the airwaves. Finding the addicted golfers who play the great public courses in the Chicago area, from Lake Geneva, Wis. to Michigan City, Ind., was not very successful.
It’s a shame that greed or pressure are taking so many gem courses away these days, especially after these courses open to public play. So many more golfers could now enjoy these pristine courses for the love of the game.
How sad that another course will be destroyed just because of greed and the almighty dollar. What about the environment? Where will the animals go? I was an asst mgr at a popular course in suburbs for a couple years and it was so rewarding to see nature at its best and have the deer practicality walk right up to you while you're golfing. Too many older courses get redeveloped, but then sit there half destroyed due to the project not being managed properly. There's plenty of room along I-355 if you want to build warehouses and there are already a lot of them out there that were built and now stand empty with no tenants. It's time for the park district to step in or contact the Billy Casper golf group who could probably hell turn it around. As a cancer survivor, I'll be looking for courses like this to play this summer.
The closed The Highlands in grand rapids Michigan a few years back, which was a Donald Ross design. It was also private, then went public a few years before closing. I still miss playing there, it was a walkable course that was not overly long but you used every club in your golf bag and you needed a good short game to score well.
Another case of the PGA & USGA not having a plan with Cities & Municipalities to step in and save these classic walk able courses. Where do we send the first tee'ers & women to begin to learn the game, Butler National, I don't think so. These are the type of courses that cangrow the game and were letting them disappear. Wake up PGA & USGA or all the starter courses will be gone for warehouse space and other developments.