FINDLAY - This week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources approved allowing an Indiana-based golf course management firm to maintain and operate the Eagle Creek Golf Course on Lake Shelbyville in downstate Findlay.
That choice didn't set well with Republican State House candidate from Kankakee Mark Ekhoff, who is concerned why the IDNR couldn't find an Illinois firm to do the job.
"Again those who are in charge of making decisions for Illinois just hired an Indiana firm to run a state-owned golf course," Ekhoff told Illinois Review. "Come on, no Illinois firm could do this? Not to mention the other courses they operate in Illinois. This is why we are in trouble. We do not take care of our own."
The Indiana-based firm is Green Golf Partners manages courses in Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and five others in Illinois: Quail Creek in Robinson, University of Illinois Golf Course in Savoy, The Legends Golf Course in Champaign, Danville Country Club in Danville and Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer.
“Finding an experienced golf course manager is an important first step for the future of Eagle Creek Resort, and this agreement demonstrates our commitment to the Lake Shelbyville area and the people who have been waiting patiently for the resort’s reopening,” said IDNR Director Miller.
“I appreciate the initial step taken by the Department of Natural Resources to get the golf course operational, “ said State Sen. Chapin Rose (R Mahomet). “I look forward to meeting later this month with the Department to plan for the future of the Eagle Creek Resort.”