John and Rachel Rohn have purchased the Jacksonville, Ill., property, which is now named K’s Creek Golf Club and Wine Bar, and opened it for the season. The property will see updates to the golf course, a clubhouse renovation that will be complete in May, and the addition of an outdoor area for events in the future.
Northridge Hills Golf Course in Jacksonville, Ill., has opened with new ownership and with improvements to the course and the clubhouse planned for the future, the Jacksonville-based Journal-Courier reported.
John and Rachel Rohn signed a contract on March 21 that gave them active control of the course, allowing them to open the course for the season. Without the purchase, the course might not have opened and John Rohn, who lives adjacent to the course’s ninth hole, said he was up to the task, the Journal-Courier reported.
“It was not going to re-open this year under the former management,” he said. “There were no other options that we know of to keep this an operating golf course if we didn’t step up to the plate and take it on.”
K’s Creek Golf Club and Wine Bar, named after Rohn’s daughters, Kaylin and Kendal, won’t just be a re-branding of the Northridge Hills course, but an entire renovation, the Journal-Courier reported.
Rohn, owner of Fitness World in Jacksonville, said the golf course is a good tie-in with Fitness World and will help change up the course, which has not been altered since its construction in 1997, the Journal-Courier reported.
Utilizing the ideas of Derek James, the course’s former golf pro and new course manager, the course will be changed up during the next 45 to 60 days, Rohn said.
The clubhouse also will see a renovation, with a May target for completion. Once finished, the clubhouse will give Jacksonville residents a new option for fine dining, the Journal-Courier reported.
“The clubhouse is going to receive a top-to-bottom facelift, including flooring, paint and a full commercial kitchen installation,” Rohn said. “We’re going to have a large outdoor-patio seating area, because we’re going to start doing Friday and Saturday dinner specials to try and get people in town a really, really nice option to get a great meal in a really cool environment.”
On the wine side of things, Rohn said they intend to import a broad selection of wines that can’t be found elsewhere in town. Franci Sweetin, who previously ran The Approach in Meredosia, will manage the bar and restaurant portion of the operation, the Journal-Courier reported.
Other improvements will include an outdoor area that will be available for events and a bocce ball and bags area. The venue will be open for wedding reservations starting in 2019, the Journal-Courier reported.
Annual passes to the course will be available for $300, with a discount for members of Fitness World. Single-game passes also will be available, the Journal-Courier reported.