WJ Golf will bring virtual golf to the Arboretum Club

BUFFALO GROVE, IL – Arboretum Golf Club will soon be home to a virtual golf experience – WJ Golf, which offers private indoor lessons, golf simulators and full-service dining and entertainment services, is expected to take control of the club’s banquet space.

The Buffalo Grove Village Board of Directors unanimously approved a rental agreement with the golf company at its Aug. 31 meeting, board chair Beverly Sussman said. The new location is slated to open in 2022 after a banquet hall renovation, a press release from the Village of Buffalo Grove said.

Plans for the property and village-owned golf course include converting the facility’s existing banquet space into a virtual golf simulator and improving the golf course’s cart paths, greens and bunkers. outdoor golf, according to the press release.

Additionally, the property’s restaurant, bar and patio will be renovated into a full-service operation run by WJ Golf for use by golfers and the public, according to the press release.

“This is the first project of its kind in the Chicagoland region where a golf course will be expanded to provide virtual and traditional golf experiences on the same site,” the press release said.

WJ Golf and the Village plan to invest more than $ 1.4 million in the Arboretum Club property over the next five years, according to the press release.

“We have made the strategic decision to reposition the course and its amenities to provide an experience opportunity focused on golf and entertainment options throughout the year,” Village Manager Dane Bragg said in a statement. . “This exciting new use of the Arboretum Club will make Buffalo Grove a distinctive recreation destination for its residents as well as area golf enthusiasts.”

The rental agreement between WJ Golf and the Village of Buffalo Grove is for ten years, with two optional five-year extensions. It will provide “significant new income” to the Arboretum Club for course improvements, according to the press release.

Progressive, the Arboretum’s current tenant, will vacate the space in mid-November after reaching an agreement with the Village to end its lease earlier, the press release said.

“We very much appreciate (Progressive’s) dedicated service for weddings, mitzvahs, Chamber of Commerce events, senior citizens’ exhibition and much more,” Sussman said in a statement. “We are now looking forward to this exciting new concept for our community. “

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