That is sad news. I started at Shorewood. Though it seems awfully short now, I remember being really puzzled the first time I heard someone say that the park was too easy. At that point, for me, Shorewood was still difficult enough. It is a great course for a quick round, too break in newbies at, or just to keep traffic down at the tougher courses in the area.
I've been walking a promising site in Mather Woods a lot lately. Mentioned it to Gary Lewis last year, but at the time, I had barely explored it. I believe after walking it that it would make a great spot for a new course. It won't rival Highland, but it has some nice features to create a course around. There is a couple creeks running thru it, and a few smaller (aka not as large as Highlands) ravines......one of which forms a cool fishbowl like area. There are walking paths thru it already, but I believe there is enough room to make a decent course there without creating a safety issue with the paths.
I'm no expert on this, that's for sure. But I would like to explore the idea further. If anyone else is interested in looking at it with me, or pointing me in the right direction on who to talk to in Plainfield, I'll be more than happy to put some time and effort into making it happen.
And who knows, maybe we could talk Shorewood into donating their baskets?