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Rock Island receives $900,000 grant to replace golf course clubhouse

Rendering of the new clubhouse.
City of Rock Island
Rendering of the new clubhouse.

A nearly 100-year old clubhouse at Saukie Golf Course will be demolished and replaced.

This month, the city of Rock Island received a $901,800 state grant to replace the clubhouse.

Todd Winter, assistant parks and recreation director, says it's seen better days.

"We've made repairs and renovations to it over the years, you know, put a new roof on it, that kind of stuff," he said. "It's at the point now where it really doesn't fit the quality of the golf course."

Winter says the new Saukie clubhouse will be able to stay open year-round. It will include a meeting space, dining area, offices, outdoor seating and two golf simulators.

"It's right in the middle of a neighborhood, so I think having a year-round facility will get a lot of use, just because it's so convenient where it's located."

"That's the intent, just to have that year-round revenue source, year-round business, and keeping our golfers and all of our schools and clinics and First Tee and everything engaged," he said. "And those indoor simulators will help us have business year-round."

The grant will cover most of the cost, Rock Island plans to raise money to cover the rest. Construction is set to start later this year.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.