Martin plans renovation of Wilmette


Sean Dudley
By Adam Lawrence

Chicago-based architect Greg Martin is planning for a summer start on the renovation of the Wilmette Golf Club course on the city's North Shore.

Originally designed by architect Joseph Roseman in the 1930s, Wilmette will see new greens, tee and bunker renovations, significant drainage improvements, irrigation to bio-swales, plus wetland and pond expansions as part of Martin's plan. The architect said: “This project will make a great golf course better. Modernisation is necessary at Wilmette, but so is the protection of resources. We have worked hard to make sure that the character of Wilmette remains intact while meeting strict regulatory requirements and integrating unique environmental assets.”

Construction is expected to begin in July, and should be completed by November, with the course reopening in the spring of 2014.

Elsewhere, Martin is working on a six hole junior course at the Settler's Hill course in Geneva, Illinois. A masterplan, finished last year, outlined the expansion of the golf course to include practice facilities and the junior course, which will be an affiliate First Tee facility with the Aurora/Fox River Valley Chapter. The project is part of a Landfill End Use Comprehensive Plan, and will be completed in multiple phases, with the first phase of construction scheduled to begin later this year.