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New Mistwood clubhouse construction starts

Karen Sorensen | 9/16/2014, 7:51 p.m.
The 26,000-square-foot structure being built at the Romeoville golf course will feature a new restaurant, banquet facilities, patios, pro shop, ...
Artist's rendering of the new Mistwood Golf Course clubhouse.

Artist's rendering of the new Mistwood Golf Club Clubhouse as it will appear from the front.

Artist's rendering of the new Mistwood Golf Club Clubhouse as it will appear from the front.

This is how the rear of the new Mistwood Golf Club Clubhouse will look when completed, per an artist's rendering of the project.

This is how the rear of the new Mistwood Golf Club Clubhouse will look when completed, per an artist's rendering of the project.

Construction has started on a huge Scottish village-style clubhouse that will be the "last piece of the puzzle" of owner Jim McWethy's transformation of Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.

Demolition of the old clubhouse was completed last week, and now an ambitious building plan is under way that will end with the completion of a multimillion-dollar, 26,000-square-foot structure by June 2015, with the banquet facility ready for rental by August 2015, club general manager Dan Bradley said.

The building is essentially broken into two wings linked bt a below-ground connection, Bradley said. On the east side will be a Scottish-themed bar and grill and banquet facilities and on the west, the pro shop, locker rooms, cart storage and golf club offices, he said.

There will also be three outdoor patio areas, Bradley said.

The goal is to create a facility that will appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike, especially in regards to the restaurant, he said.

"This is part of the grand vision that (McWethy) had when he started seven years ago," Bradley said. "This is the last piece of the puzzle."

McWethy was an investor in the club when it was built at 1700 W. Renwick Road in 1998. In 2004, he became the sole owner.

Since then, McWethy completely redesigned the course, undertaking an extensive renovation that garnered national attention from golf experts, some of whom have praised it as one of the top courses in the country. The Illinois Women's Open will be played there in 2015.

Among the key components of the renovation was the performance center, which includes heating hitting stations, teaching bays, a putting lab, full service bar with eight flat-screen televisions, a club repair room and a room that can be rented for special functions.

The clubhouse is being designed by Daniel Wohlfeil Design Ltd.

Contact Karen Sorensen at Karen@TheTimesWeekly.com.