(GALENA, IL) -- Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is undergoing a major restoration of its four golf courses. The four courses, North, South, East, and The General, received major damage during heavy storms in late July.
Though the storms are long gone, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa's golf maintenance team is still in the process of cleaning up and repairing the significant damage. High winds and a 16-inch downpour of rain that engulfed much of the immediate tri-state area led to damage at all four of the resort's golf courses.
The more apparent and cosmetic repair work has already been addressed and the resort has enlisted an aggressive restoration plan that commenced on September 12. Eagle Ridge's own project managers for this program are working under the direction of the Oliphant Companies' Madison, Wis., division, which will be spearheading the more extensive three-month restoration project.
Goals for the multi-million dollar reconstruction project includes the rebuilding of over 100 bunkers throughout all four golf courses, improved drainage by reshaping several creeks, removal of select trees to improve play, restoration of tee boxes, and several bridge repairs. One of the more impressive, final results of the redesigning and reconstruction will be the ability to bring back the bunkers to their original USGA quality.
"We are confident that we'll be able to meet these reconstruction goals before our official golf season ends," said general manager Ikhlas Ahmed. "The overall restoration is not only imperative, but it will enhance the golf experience on each course in various ways. When the 2012 golf season rolls around in the spring, I think our golfers will be very impressed with the outcome of the project."
Located on 6,800 acres amid the rolling hills of northwestern Illinois, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a full-spectrum resort complex located 150 miles west of Chicago. The property showcases superior golf with 63 holes on four acclaimed courses which include the North Course; the South Course; the East Course (9-holes); and the resort's crowning achievement, The General, an 18-hole, par 72 course with over 250 feet of elevation changes throughout.