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golf courses, there wouldn’t be much

green space left,” says Gill. “This really

increases their popularity and the

enthusiasm of the local population.”

Gill worked with PGA Tour player

Kelly Gibson to rebuild Joseph M.

Bartholomew Municipal Golf Course

after the devastation of Hurricane

Katrina. This was a tremendous

commitment by the City of New

Orleans to preserve green space and

attract residents to return to the city.

“One of the beauties of golf is it can be

shaped and shifted. It’s malleable, you

can push and pull it much more than

other types of development,” says Martin.

This flexibility allows many municipal

golf projects to deliver an important

role beyond golf, such as water

management or a green space buffer

to important environmental areas.

“All golf could and should be part of a

green infrastructure,” continues Martin.

“We can devise ways to make sure the

wider community—including non-

golfers—benefit from the value of the

asset. You could think of a golf course

as a civil engineering project that also

delivers an ongoing revenue stream.”

Martin’s recent renovation of the

golf course at Wilmette Golf Club on

Chicago’s North Shore improved the

golf experience while also addressing

stormwater management, wetland

mitigation and water quality issues.

He is now working on a project that

will deliver a host of environmental

benefits—at Oak Meadows Golf

Preserve in Addison, Illinois, which is

owned by the Forest

Preserve

District

of DuPage County.

Work on the Salt Creek that runs

through the site will provide over 10

million gallons of floodwater storage,

benefiting residents both up and

downstream. 33 acres of wetlands will be

added and 67 acres of habitat restored.

And improvements in water quality will

improve biological diversity.

“Oak Meadows will accommodate

the public as a preserve as well as a

golf course that will allow the game

to be played while carefully revealing

the environment, its history and

charm and restoring its vital landscape

function,” says Martin.

When municipalities get the

formula for their golf course right, the

opportunities are endless.

The ASGCA has prepared a number of free

resources to inform golf course projects,

including a

Life Cycle Chart

to help clubs

plan for capital expenditures and foresee

disruptions to play caused by unexpected

component failure. This and more are

available at

www.asgca.org/free-publications .

Garrett- Gill, ASGCA, designed El Zagal Golf Course in Fargo, North Dakota

with a series of ‘convertible’ elements

1

3

5

6

9

115

150

135

125

160

95

145

4

8

7

PG

Snag Golf/

Chipping

Pond

Pond

Pro Shop w/

expanded parking

120

0

2

Dry

Basin

Dry

Basin

Dry

Basin

145

0

250 yd

North

Date: March28, 2014

Discussion Sketch

Features:

Designed and intended for multi-generational and

mutli-use enjoyment to accommodate:

• 9 hole par 3 golf course with holes of

varying distances with multi-functional tees

intended for beginners, seniors, women and

families -- a fun to play recreational and

social experience.

• 9 or 18 hole disc golf options

• 9 hole 'Foot Golf'

(footgolf.net

)

• 'Snag Golf' / chipping area

(snaggolf.com

)

Improvements include putting green, new pro-shop

building and expanded parking area.

Facility will be designed and engineered (graded and

drained) to minimize impact and interruptions to

play following spring oods or seasonal storm

events.

Legend:

DiscGolf Basket

Green

Fairway

Tee

Pond

Dry Basin

Top Up Plan

13

290

135

105

145

30 Station

Practice Tee

300

250

200

150

100

Pond

Pond

Dry

Basin

Practice Range

Dry

Basin

Dry

Basin

Pro Shop w/

expanded parking

PG

1

3

2

4

0

250 yd

North

Date: March28, 2014

Discussion Sketch

Top Down Plan

Features:

Designed and inte ded for multi-generational and

mutli-use enjoyment to accommodate:

• 3-5 hole executive / par 3 golf course with

holes of varying distances with multi-

functional tees intended for beginners,

seniors, women and families -- a fun to play

recreational and social experience.

• 9 hole

isc golf options

• 3-5 hole 'Foot Golf'

(footgolf.net

)

• Learning Center with 30 tation full depth

practice range with all weather tee -- great for

instruction, junior golf, or golf camp programs

Improvements include putting green, new pro-shop

building and expanded parking area.

Facility will be designed and engineered (graded and

drained) to minimize impact and interruptions to

play following spring oods or seasonal storm

events.

Legend:

DiscGolf Basket

Green

Fairway

Tee

Pond

Dry Basin

The renovation of Oak Meadows Golf

Preserve in Addison, Illinois, will deliver a

host of environmental benefits