A new and exciting recreational area will be developed on the grounds of the Greenhills Golf Course. We have noticed for years that the course was being used by fewer and fewer golfers, although the maintenance costs remained high.
A concept plan was developed by landscape architect Todd Wales of the environmental design firm of Vivian Llambi & Associates. Todd has local roots and as a result, is already familiar with the property. We asked him to develop a park that first would take advantage of the natural beauty and terrain of the site. Finally, we wanted this beautiful land to be an amenity for all of Greenhills!
As a result, residents can look forward to a new recreational area in the heart of our Village. The park will be located on approximately 10 acres of property that sadly has been the most underutilized property in the Village. Unless you have a passion for golf and are one of the few who have utilized the golf course in recent years, you most likely didn’t even know the Village had a golf course. For many years, the number of memberships has been extremely low and had continued to decline.
As the years have passed, more golf courses and driving ranges offering a variety of play opportunities have been developed in our immediate area, creating competition that we could not match. After decades of trying various scenarios to attract members and increase usage of the course, the Village is bringing to fruition the federal government’s original plan for that property: a town park.
The result of Todd’s concept is a walking system with both short and long loops winding around the picturesque property, all accessible by wheelchair. The pathways will connect the east side of Greenhills to the Village center. His design calls for a pond, a natural prairie habitat surrounded by lawns, overlook points, a “natural” amphitheater (also part of the original plan), community gardens, pickleball courts, and more!
The golf course officially closed on October 31st. It had been developed around 1960, after the federal government had deeded much of Greenhills to the Greenhills Homeowners Corporation. Prior to that, it was said to be a forest with a creek running through it.
So, as one chapter ends, another one begins. We are excited about the possibilities, knowing that this area recently used by just a few will now become a centerpiece of our community, providing a relaxing respite from urban noises and congestion. It will become a focal point of what makes our Village so unique, and another reason why Greenhills residents love their great community.
SEE THE FRONT PAGE OF THE GREENHILLS WEBSITE FOR GOLF COURSE DATA.