According to a recent report, Woodbine Golf Course in south suburban Homer Glen will close this year. The land on which the golf course currently sits will be turned into a park and a village hall said Homer Glen Mayor Jim Daley.
Last winter, the village purchased Woodbine Golf Course property at 14240 W. 151st St. for $3.3 million. Owner Jim Ludwig sold the facility to the village, with an agreement that he would continue to manage the golf course at his own expense until the end of 2014.
Proponents of the golf course hoped that Ludwig’s management agreement would be renewed for 2015, but Village trustees unanimously agreed to remove consideration of a 2015 management agreement for the Woodbine Golf Course from the meeting agenda.
Woodbine Golf Course officially opened for play in 1988, providing south suburban golfers with a quality facility featuring big greens and excellent conditioning. Although the routing of the course was a bit tight in some areas, the facility was an attractive and challenging option for all skill levels.
Jim Ludwig had previously indicated that Woodbine Golf Course was facing some financial challenges, similar to many local golf courses. Unfortunately, Ludwig’s battle as a private owner was an uphill battle that eventually required him to sell to property to The village. Woodbine Golf Course will officially close on December 31.
The Village of Homer Glen has already selected Williams Architects of Itasca to remodel the Woodbine club house into a village hall. Converting the golf course property into a park could result in drainage issues according to Ludwig, particularly if it includes a proposed sports practice field.