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Foss Park clubhouse in North Chicago undergoes $940,000 renovation

The Foss Park golf course club house under went $940000 remodeling project which included an expanded dinning arenew kitchen expanded

The Foss Park golf course club house under went a $940,000 remodeling project which included an expanded dinning area, new kitchen, expanded pro shop and a deck that overlooks the golf course. | Thomas Delany Jr.~ Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 31, 2012 1:46AM

The Foss Park Golf Course clubhouse in North Chicago used to close the day before Thanksgiving and sit empty until the following spring when golfers reappeared.

But the 31-year-old facility is now expected to draw duffers and other patrons year-round thanks to a recent $940,000 expansion and renovation.

“We want to generate funds to put back into the district for more programs, and more free programs, at less cost to our citizens,” said Kevin Holley, parks director.

The clubhouse can now accommodate up to 130 guests indoors, where banquet space can be partitioned to allow for four different events. A separate, outdoor deck and patio area are also featured.

Construction was overseen by Chicago-based Prinmar Corp. New amenities also include a state-of-the-art kitchen, composite decking, split-face block exterior, custom retaining walls, brick pavers, gas fireplace and high-end mill work.

The 18-hole Foss Park Golf Course, which opened in 1974, is located west of Green Bay Road off Argonne Drive. It hosts between 27,000 and 30,000 rounds of golf per year and it’s home to the annual First Tee of Northeastern Illinois — a nationwide program designed to instill values and introduce the game of golf to children.

“The relationship with First Tee was a driver for this project because we want more kids to get involved with that,” Holley said.

The renovation was financed through a bond issue.

“We’ve already had people inquiring about rentals,” said Holley, who noted that a newly hired food and beverage manager will soon join the staff.

“We want to do this right and leverage this facility,” Holley said.

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