Glenview Park Golf Club

With limited open space land available for stormwater detention, the Village of Glenview was faced with costly alternatives for reducing the potential for future flooding in neighborhoods that where in close proximity to an existing golf course. An innovative "Master Plan" was created that utilized the Glenview Park Golf Club as a key flood mitigation resource. A collaborative effort between the Village, Park District, Golf Course Architect, and Project Engineer resulted in a stormwater management system that is intricately woven into the non-play areas of the golf course.

goals & objectives

  • creating a golf course of “choice” vs. competition
  • operational efficiency and long-term cost control
  • infrastructure enhancements
  • eco-friendly
  • intergovernmental prioritized budgeting

approach employed


The comprehensive "Master Plan" included the renovation of greens, tees, fairways, and bunkers which resulted in a high quality golf experience based on challenge and enjoyment for a diverse player profile. Surface and subsurface drainage improvements were supplemented with the introduction of native vegetation areas to reduce the acreage of manicured turfgrass; improve water quality; and enhance wildlife habitat. An extensive public engagement process provided input for an intergovernmental agreement between the Village and Park District that resulted in a mutually beneficial outcome for the golf course and neighboring residents.


  • enhanced aesthetics
  • golf course feature improvements
  • long-term strategy for sustainability
  • improved stormwater management
  • A "Win/Win" Outcome for Park District and Village


Excess excavation material from stormwater detention areas was used to create positive surface drainage on fairways and create subtle landforms that emphasize a gently flowing “Parkland” golf course theme. An environmentally sustainable approach was used in the design of the interconnected stormwater management system that utilizes a series of grass swales, pipes, detention ponds and native vegetation conveyance swales to efficiently mitigate future flood potential. The new system provides 5,000,000 gallons of additional stormwater detention while reducing the discharge release rate for a 100 year storm by over 70%. The Park District has experienced an average revenue per round increase, golf cart rental revenue increase, plus an increase in pre-booked outings.  By eliminating the requirement for an alternative “off-site” detention the Village saved over $4,000,000 in stormwater facility installation on the golf course.

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