Three questions are peerless in assessing newly revised skeleton for a Tiger Woods golf march on Chicago’s south lakefront: What would it give a city? What would it take? And what does it meant for ancestral Jackson Park, that was designed by a landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted and is also a site of a designed Obama Presidential Center?
The plans, unveiled Wednesday during a South Shore Cultural Center, call for mixing a 18-hole Jackson Park and nine-hole South Shore courses into a singular 18-hole march that could horde a PGA tournament. They are corroborated by a Chicago Parks Golf Alliance, a nonprofit charged with lifting private supports for a new course. Woods’ golf pattern firm, TGR, got concerned during a ask of former President (and zealous golfer) Barack Obama, whose presidential core would arise north of a course. That’s a lot of star power, though don’t be dazzled. Golf has a long, infrequently fraught, story in Jackson Park.
That story starts in 1899, when a initial open march west of a Alleghenies non-stop in a park’s northeast quadrant, holding over tools of an expanded “great lawn” designed by Olmsted. That nine-hole march democratized a diversion typically indifferent for a nation bar set, though it did so during a cost: That land is now a pushing operation for a 18-hole Jackson Park march and gobbles adult territory that could be used for strolling, picnicking or personification ball
In response to village comments after Woods’s initial devise was denounced final year, Beau Welling, a TGR comparison pattern consultant, introduced some new wrinkles Wednesday: An altered march blueprint and a mainly located hall would make it easier for golfers to play nine-hole rounds. Pedestrian paths would cut by a course, improving entrance to a lakefront. The new march would yield wider, firmer fairways and bigger greens. To keep a upgraded march from being out of mercantile reach, fees for Chicago residents would be reduction than $50 per turn on weekends and in a $30-$35 operation on weekdays, pronounced Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly.
So far, so good. But a march would need construction of 3 underpasses that would concede golfers to get from one territory to another but fear of being smacked by speeding vehicles. One, during 67th Street and South Lake Shore Drive, would cost an estimated $25 million. Smaller underpasses underneath Jeffery Avenue and Hayes Drive lift an estimated cost add-on of $1.5 million to $2 million apiece. The total add-on for a underpasses, only south of $30 million, is roughly a same as a approaching cost of remaking a march itself.
Who would compensate for a new infrastructure? Taxpayers, in all likelihood. Which is not to contend that a underpasses aren’t needed. Improving lakefront entrance on a South Side prolonged has been on a city’s process agenda. And a due underpass during 67th, in a same cost operation as a striking, 2-year-old walking overpass that crosses Lake Shore Drive during 35th Street, doesn’t seem outrageously expensive. Still, unless a donor wants to write a check, federal, state or internal taxpayers are going to feet a bill.
Of equal regard is a course’s impact on a South Shore Nature Sanctuary, a serene, 4.27-acre swath of dunes, grasslands, wetlands and timberland areas that a Park District combined in 2002 on lakefront land south of a South Shore Golf Course.
While about 3.5 acres of a sanctuary, customarily dunes and wetlands, would sojourn in place underneath a Woods course’s plan, according to district officials, a offer still calls for fixation dual golf holes on a edges of a sanctuary. One would occupy a small peninsula that sticks into Lake Michigan like an outstretched pinkie.