About This Project

When Glenview Park District planned to upgrade its Glenview National Nine golf course, their vision included expanding their seasonal use golf-course into four state-of-the-art public play outdoor paddle tennis courts and a clubhouse that could function in multiple ways.

The Challenge:

In summer golf months, the facility would need to perform in two ways: a great view of the course for golfers who wanted to grab lunch, and accommodations for the many youth programs conducted at the course when school was out. In winter months, when paddle tennis is played, the clubhouse would need to transform into a space suitable for spectators of the game and for post-game gatherings.

The MCA Solution:

The MCA design team’s insights into the culture of paddle tennis guided the Park District in fine tuning the project’s objectives. The game’s spectator sport appeal, combined with players almost always gathering for libations and good casual dining afterwards, inspired the informal come-as-you-are atmosphere needed to welcome community members of all ages.


Glenview Prairie Clubhouse


Glenview, IL


Glenview Park District


2,600 square foot paddle tennis and golf clubhouse


New golfers and paddle tennis players, families seeking youth recreational experiences, community members of all ages seeking casual dining and special event gathering spaces




IPRA Outstanding Facility of the Year Award - 2013

Case Study, Club House and Recreation

The R.O.E.®  (Return on Environment)

The functional and aesthetic transformation of the 2,600 square foot clubhouse scored significant wins for the Park District almost immediately after the facility’s opening. Projected sales of 120 memberships in the first year were surpassed in just the first four months with 184 memberships sold. The positive experience offered by the customized interior was evident in more members taking advantage of the gathering space.

“People were coming and just staying,” said the park district’s director. “There was just something about the atmosphere that had people staying much longer.” The Park District quickly reworked the food and beverage venue with new menu offerings that suited the growing community’s interests. Gourmet sandwiches and craft beers were added along with special offerings for private events. The clubhouse continues to deliver measurable net benefits that are helping the Park District by design.

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