Open For Play (2013)
Sherrard, IL USA
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Fyre Lake National Golf Club progressing in Sherrard
By John David
Courtesy of WQAD
SHERRARD, Illinois - From the inviting water feature leading to Fyre Lake National Golf Club, this developing course blends the elements: water and land, grass and sand. They're sculpting the environment for entertainment -- and competition.
"I think it's going to be a pretty neat golf course for people in the Quad Cities and surrounding area to be able to come and play on a Nicklaus designed golf course," said Golf Course Superintendent Jim Wyffels.
Two years ago, there was excitement and anticipation as officials broke ground on the new golf course and marina. Over the next 24 months, the $19 million project comes to life as it transforms barren hills into a lush retreat. Surrounded by 184 residential lots ready for building, the course is about a year away from welcoming golfers.
"They really take a lot of time," Wyffels said. "They put a lot of time on the golf course with us making sure we stay true to that. I think that's going to give us a pretty great product."
While the Nicklaus Design gives this course a special appearance unique to the region, it also blends with natural terrain to create a unique golfing experience.
Fairways and greens are taking shape. Special grass seed must be ordered up to a year in advance. A special John Deere irrigation system will help it to grow. Bunkers angle, roll and are surrounded by fescue grass for extra effort.
"It kind of moves you around the course if you're playing it correctly," Wyffels said. "If you're not, it's a pretty good hazard to get into."
Construction contending with the elements. Excessive rain and humidity slowing progress at times. But the course is set to open next summer with public play and memberships available. It will cost between $45-85 dollars per round depending on the day and time.
"It's really a fun course," Wyffels concluded. "We spent a lot of time and effort into making sure we make a really fun, playable golf course for everybody."
And in Sherrard, it will be a real getaway with golf.