Gurnee’s Bittersweet Golf Course on the upswing
BY ED COLLINS For Sun-Times Media November 28, 2013 5:16PM
Mayor Kristina Kovarik
Updated: January 28, 2014 3:16AM
Golfing season may be over except for a few hearty diehards, but village of Gurnee officials are delighted with the improved performance of their new operations manager at Bittersweet Golf Course.
Monday night, Nov. 26, Tim Miles Sr., president of GolfVisions Management Inc., appeared before the Village Board to review progress made during the company’s first season in managing the popular municipal course.
“In just one season we have turned conditions around at the Club and brought in a net profit to the Village of $160,000 in spite of rainy spring weather, an average summer, and a less than favorable fall,” Miles told trustees.
Miles said Chicago metro area golf industry statistics show varying weather patterns this year reduced participation by 10 to 13 percent over 2012.
Nevertheless, Miles stressed some of the improvements made on the 18-hole Bittersweet municipal course this year. These included improved irrigation-drainage systems, protection added against snow mold, aerification improvements made to all fairways and tees, debris and leaves have now been cleared from the course, and the club’s golf season has been extended until weather finally dictates prudent closure.
clubhouse improvements made or planned include completion of painting from last season and exterior painting of the Clubhouse now being planned for next spring. More clubhouse storage area is also planned.
Limited food service at the clubhouse continues until it is completely closed for the winter, Miles said. However the Pro Shop will remain open for awhile selling season passes, accepting future group outing reservations and booking permanent tee time sales.
In feedback from the Board, Mayor Kristina Kovarik said she was delighted with GolfVision’s operational progress made during its first season. This was echoed by other trustees as well.
“We have no complaints, we appreciate your efforts, and we are delighted that after years of losses, we now have finally made a profit on the club’s operations,” she said.
Miles responded, “Now that we have the house in order, we are preparing for an even better 2014 season.”