The federal government’s original 1937 plan for Greenhills called for a “Town Park” (or “Public Park” on some plans) on the acreage that has been utilized for the Greenhills Golf Course. That original plan will now become a reality as the Village moves forward with the conceptual design you can view by clicking here.
The concept was developed by Todd Wales of Vivian Llambi & Associates. Wales is a landscape architect and it just so happens he has local roots and a familiarity with the property. He was asked to develop a plan that 1) would take advantage of the natural beauty and terrain of the site, and 2) would be an amenity for all of Greenhills.
The result was an exciting concept that creates a walking system with both a short and long loop winding around the picturesque property and all accessible by wheelchair. The pathways will connect the east side of Greenhills to the Village center. The concept calls for a pond, natural prairie habitat surrounded by lawns, overlook points, a “natural” amphitheater (also part of the original plan), community gardens, pickleball courts and more! Click here to see photos of proposed amenities.
The 2019 golf season at the course ended October 31st. Special memories and nostalgic moments no doubt exist for Greenhills residents who have played, or worked at, the golf course over the years. Given the fact there have been numerous failed efforts in the past few decades to attract more users to the course, due in part to competition from the number of golf courses in the area, continuing the golf course vs. the expense to do so just doesn’t make sense.
Some of the relevant golf course data that led the Village back to the original plan is provided below.
Implementation of the concept plan will start right away and will occur in phases. Watch for more details as the plan unfolds!
GOLF COURSE DATA
Membership Figures: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
13 14 31 29 29 23 25 16 10
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Revenue 33,956 28,090 24,477 18,652 15,905 18,187 23,519 15,810 16,745 15,182 7,544 7,824
Expenses 63,660 63,621 81,754 63,945 39,577 28,391 33,209 42,556 32,000 32,000 29,671 29,640
Loss* 29,704 35,531 57,277 45,293 23,672 10,204 9,690 26,746 15,255 16,818 22,127 21,816
- Losses are made up by transferring money from the General Fund to the Golf account.
In 2006, “Friends of the Greenhills Golf Course” met to talk about ways to promote the golf course. Thirteen years later, the golf course had not improved. See article.
In 2013, the Village was approached and provided with a three-year, $83,711.00 (plus expenses) proposal from a resident golf professional to run the Course. We entered into this contract anticipating that the multi-year projections would be met and the Course would become profitable. This local professional tried Groupon, Golf Now, First Tee, etc., but with no real success. This individual did not renew the contract.