The Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford should bring in more golfers and more non-golfers next year and in the years to come.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held there Wednesday for a new pavilion and banquet hall. It’ll be built south of the current clubhouse. Rockford Bank & Trust has contributed funds for the project and it will hold the naming rights to the pavilion.
The pavilion will cover 9,000 square feet. The banquet area will hold close to 300 people. Giovanni’s will run the kitchen and banquet hall.
The pavilion should be a much-needed revenue generator for the Rockford Park District and the golf course with all of the events that can be held there year-round for golfers and non-golfers.
“We are confident that the pavilion is here to generate profit,” says Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine. “That money is going to go right back into the operations of Aldeen and get that back to a level where it used to be where we had more funding.”
“We really needed a good indoor space to hold golf outing dinners, lunches, private parties, corporate events, and weddings,” says Park District Director of Golf Services Duncan Geddes. “Golf is a very challenging business. Fee revenue is not what it was about ten, twelve years ago.”
$2.7 million dollars have been provided for the construction of the pavilion through the Rockford Bank & Trust naming rights, through the Aldeen Foundation and other donations and by Giovanni’s.
Construction work will run through the winter and the pavilion is expected to be complete and open on June 1, 2018.