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Waukegan parks pick golf course firm

Updated: February 5, 2013 2:11AM

WAUKEGAN — After an eight-month search, the Waukegan Park District has selected GolfVisions Management, Inc., to operate the district’s 18-hole Bonnie Brook Golf Course and 9-hole Greenshire Golf Course.

Bonnie Brook “rivals North Shore country clubs in its beauty and conditioning,” said GolfVisions President Tim Miles, Sr. “This is a jewel of the community, and we will work hard to ensure it remains the treasured home course of its many season members, while raising its profile to draw daily-fee golfers from throughout Chicagoland to experience this fantastic course.”

GolfVisions, headquartered in Northlake, anticipates Greenshire will continue to draw golfers who have favored its low-key atmosphere and shorter length.

“We’d also like to position Greenshire as the gateway course for drawing new golfers — juniors, ladies, minorities and other underrepresented populations — into the game,” noted Miles.

The Waukegan Park District issued a nationally distributed request for proposal last spring to “vet” three finalists to manage its golf facilities. GolfVisions officially assumed operations Dec. 1 after commissioners awarded the contract Nov. 13.

“With the selection of GolfVisions, the Waukegan Park District hopes for a seamless transition into this new era of golf at our courses,” said Park Board President Bill Sarocka, “Our goal is to sustain future golf services at the highest level as our customers have enjoyed over the years.”

In addition to Bonnie Brook and Greenshire, GolfVisions was recently selected to operate the village of Gurnee’s Bittersweet course. The company also manages the HeatherRidge course in Gurnee and Village Green in Mundelein.

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