Fairfield Park, Round Lake
Looks like we'll be working on an upgrade to the Fairfield layout in stages over the next few years. The Feds installed a new bridge over Squaw Creek in the past few months for a new bike trail at the west end of the current course. That has opened up access to about 15 acres of mostly wooded land already owned by the Park Dept plus the ConEd power line easement (we might be allowed to shoot across). This will allow the course routing to be shifted into more wooded areas and likely expand to a 24-hole Championship layout.
A local Chicago mover & shaker wanted to connect me with the Parks Dept to see about the redesign. I met with them on Tuesday to talk over the project. Looks like a "go" to prepare a first draft design when I pass thru over the Christmas holidays. The proposed 3-year plan is to eventually have one concrete tee and two baskets on each hole, one for the white skill level (Intermediate) and one for the gold level (pro). I'm thinking it might be over 10,000 feet from the tips for 24 holes.