Both sides aired their views at a standing room only public hearing regarding the feasibility of re-developing the public golf course at Fort Sheridan, part of the Lake County Forest Preserves. The public hearing is probably an opening salvo in further negotiations regarding the future development of this spectacular natural resource. Many issues were on the table including these:
- Does Fort Sheridan become synonymous with a high end municipal golf course that draws golfers from the entire region to play at $120/round?
- Will the anticipated 20,000 annual players retire to the bars and restaurants of Highwood pumping big bucks into this dining destination?
- Will the jobs created offset the fact that local Highwood residents would have to spend 1% of the median household annual income for a family of four to play?
- With local municipal courses losing money or scraping by, does another municipal course in a saturated market make sense?
- Must Lake County be bound by agreements made 15 years ago regarding the game of golf?
How does this get decided? What do you think?