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July 2011

Top Story: Bridges of Poplar Creek: Featured Golf Course

Author: Val Russell

A complete renovation has turned this Hoffman Estates golf course into a true gem

What are your options when you own a golf course that many people consider to be bland and uninteresting? You can (1) stand pat, (2) make some cosmetic changes, or (3) stick your neck out and completely redo the thing.

The folks at the Bridges of Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates chose the latter alternative last year, and the results are stunning. They’ve transformed a mediocre golf course into a local showpiece. It was a bold investment, costing about $6.5 million. In an economy where everyone seems to be hurting—from consumers to the local and state governments—that’s quite a chunk of change, but it....