Findlay golf course to reopen

Findlay golf course to reopen

The head of the Shelby County Office of Tourism said it will be very beneficial to the area to have a golf course at a state park reopen later this week.

The National Golf Course at Eagle Creek in Findlay will be open to the public on Friday after it was announced Tuesday that Danville, Indiana-based Green Golf Partners has agreed to maintain and operate the course.  Eagle Creek, which also includes a resort that is currently closed, was shut down last month when Decatur-based BMDD Resorts walked away from its lease with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  BMDD had been running the golf course and had plans to renovate the resort under an agreement with the state agency from 2010.

Executive Director of the Shelby County Office of Tourism Freddie Fry said having the golf course open again will be an economic boost to the area.

Fry added that she feels things are headed in the right direction in getting the resort renovated and reopened in the future.

Green Golf Partners operates golf courses in several states, including the University of Illinois Golf Course in Savoy and Legends Golf Course in Champaign.

IDNR said it plans to now turn its attention to finding an experienced resort management company to take over renovations of the complex.  The resort has been closed since 2009 because of mold.

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