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By Design


lood damage in the village

of Glenview, Illinois—a

northern suburb of


resulted in a ‘call to

action’ from residents, to mitigate

the potential for future flooding.

60 percent of the village is built

to ‘old standards’, with no water

detention accounted for, no overland

flow paths planned and limited

storm water conveyance. The village

had limited open space for storm

water detention so was faced with

costly alternatives.

At the same time, the Glenview

Park Golf Club had no master plan,

and had not seen any significant

enhancements in many years, so was

faced with deteriorating conditions.

Poor surface drainage on fairways led

to excessive wear and tear on turf, and

bunkers frequently held water.

A strategic alliance of government

departments and professionals from

multiple disciplines collaborated to

prepare a storm water management

system design that was to be

integrated into the golf course,

providing the detention area that

the village needed while also giving

the club an opportunity to improve

playing conditions.

Rick Jacobson, ASGCA, was hired to

prepare a new golf course design that

would intricately weave a storm water

management system into the non-play

areas of the golf course.

A series of grass swales, pipes,

detention ponds and natural

vegetation conveyance swales helped

to enhance water quality, while

supplying an additional 15.3 acre

feet (nearly 5,000,000 gallons) of

additional storm water detention and

reducing the discharge release rate for

a 100-year storm by over 70 percent.

Excavation material from the

detention basins was used to create

positive surface drainage on fairways

and subtle new landforms that

delivered an improved parkland

golf course aesthetic. Construction

techniques applied to bunker

renovation improved subsurface

drainage and sub-base stabilization,

while accentuating the dramatic

visual appeal of the new strategically-

placed bunkers. The introduction of

native areas was part of a long term

strategy for sustainability through

the reduction of manicured turf

and subsequent reduction of overall

maintenance requirements.

“This collaboration resulted in a win/

win for golfers and village residents,”

says Jacobson. “A holistic approach

to master planning delivered positive

results for all parties.”


Glenview, Illinois

Golf course architect:

Rick Jacobson, ASGCA,

Jacobson Golf Course Design, Inc.

Project summary:

At the Glenview Park

municipal golf course in the northern

Chicago suburbs, a single project

achieved the dual objectives of improving

playability and flood management for the

village of Glenview.


Gewalt Hamilton Associates

(engineering); Kemper Sports

(management services); Wadsworth Golf

Company (construction)

Glenview Park GC

A great collaboration

Team effort delivers a win/win for golfers and residents

The 15th hole at Glenview Park before

and (main pic) after renovation