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Joliet Golf Club closing

A Joliet Golf Club sign can be seen Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Joliet, Ill.
A Joliet Golf Club sign can be seen Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Joliet, Ill.

The Joliet Golf Club, which had been the Joliet Country Club for 114 years until last year, announced Tuesday it is closing.

"The golf course, the restaurant, clubhouse and pro shop will be closed effective immediately," a statement issued on behalf of the owners said.

The future of the golf course at 1009 Spencer Road became a topic of discussion at a City Council meeting Tuesday when two members said they would oppose any attempt to redevelop the property for warehouses.

Reports of the club closing and potential redevelopment for warehouses surfaced last week.

But the statement issued Tuesday by attorney David Silverman was the first comment from ownership of the Joliet Golf Club.

The club had operated as the Joliet Country Club from 1905 until last year when it was opened to public use as Joliet Golf Club. It has been owned by the ROC real estate investment and development group since 2016.

"The course is experiencing the same effects as other courses nationally including the declining demand for golf, escalating operating costs and essential capital improvements required to compete with surrounding courses," the statement said.

Kemper Sports Management, which was hired to manage the Joliet Golf Club, will work with staff to relocate scheduled events to a new venue, the statement said.

"All events, membership, gift cards and other deposits will be returned in full via mail," the statement said.

The statement did not address future plans for the club property.

According to sources, ROC intends to approach the city of Joliet for industrial zoning so the club property can be redeveloped for warehouses.

At the city council meeting, interim City Manager Steve Jones said ROC has approached city staff concerning the property but he said no application for rezoning has been made.

The property is not zoned for warehouses.

Councilwoman Jan Quillman said she would oppose rezoning for warehouse development.

"I want to go on record," Quillman said. "I don't want see any warehouses there. It's too beautiful."

Councilwoman Bettye Gavin said she, too, would oppose warehouse development at the site.

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