Golf Inc magazine named Sunset Valley Golf Club the third best “Renovation of the Year” for public golf courses in the world in its May/June 2019 issue.It’s the third award Sunset Valley has won for its innovative design features since it reopened in late summer 2018.
Golf Inc. judges called Sunset Valley “an impressive project that provides benefits to the community while improving the golf course. Interesting use of parkland/links characteristics into a cohesive aesthetic. Wonderful transformation of mild featureless parkland into functioning and engaging golf course.”
Park District of Highland Park Interim Executive Director Kathy Donahue said the latest recognition is further affirmation that the District achieved its goals for Sunset Valley. “The renovation breathed new life into our 99 year-old course and ensures that Sunset Valley will continue to be a great destination to play the game for generations to come.” Donahue said. “We are thrilled and humbled to receive recognition for our vision for Sunset Valley.”
Other awards Sunset Valley Golf Club has also won:
2019 Illinois Parks and Recreation Association, Facility of the Year
2018 American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Award
Sunset Valley underwent an extensive 18-month renovation to the course and clubhouse. The new course reflects a unique British Heathland design with an openness accentuated with strategic landforms, flowing masses of native grasses and groves of trees which harken back to the character and aesthetic appeal of the course’s original 1920’s era golf course architecture. The newly remodeled clubhouse offers a classic vibe with striking views of the golf course. Now featuring an expanded golf shop, the new 13ninety restaurant as well as a cozy lounge area with fireplace, the clubhouse is a destination for guests and golfers to relax and Enjoy the Sunset.
Since the August 2018 opening, golfer feedback on the new course layout, designed by golf course architect Rick Jacobson, has been extremely positive. This Spring, Sunset Valley has already seen record breaking total rounds played in a single weekend.