Wilmette Park District officials approved a $146,300 bid from a Texas-based golf netting company to increase the height of safety netting in one portion of the golf course and make the anchoring fences permanent.
In an effort to protect other golfers safe from stray driving range golf balls, Wilmette Park District officials plan to increase the height of safety netting in one area of the Wilmette (Ill.) Golf Club, add netting elsewhere, and make the anchoring fences permanent, Wilmette Life reported.
Park board members approved a $146,300 bid from Texas-based Ace Golf Netting, which provided the lowest of three offers, district Facilities Superintendent Jeff Bowen said.
The district was set to take its plan to the village of Wilmette’s zoning board of appeals May 14, because the new netting heights exceed village zoning regulations, Life reported.
Golf committee members reviewed plans with district residents for input on the plan May 10. Bowen said May 9 that the district wants to increase existing netting on the east side of the driving range from 40 to 60 feet in height. It also plans to install netting to the west side of the range for the first time that would be 46 feet in height, Life reported.
“With the rapidly advancing technology that goes into golf clubs, golfers can hit balls a lot farther than they used to,” Bowen said. “We have a lot of balls now going over the fence to the first fairway, and that can be dangerous. You can hurt people with those balls.”
Currently the district puts up safety netting on a seasonal basis. The new netting, which would be anchored by fencing that resembles chain link fences, would be year-round, Life reported.
The club’s driving range lies roughly in the center of the 18-hole golf course. There are a small number of homes immediately to the west and south of club grounds, Life reported.
John Adler, Wilmette’s community development director, confirmed that village regulations set a 15-foot limit on fences and netting, but he suggested May 12 that the board’s request would not receive a hostile reception from the zoning board, Life reported.