GALENA, IL—Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa has set plans for a renovation that will affect almost all the public areas of the property, from the thousands of square feet of conference space to the golfing greens.
General Manager Thomas Ruhs, stated, “It’s time for an update that will modernize the resort for the vacationers, corporate groups and golfers who have made Eagle Ridge a Midwest destination for more than 35 years.”
The centerpiece of the renovation will be the 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a portion of which will be built to standards specified by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). These guidelines, followed by the best meeting facilities in the world, are the basis for the Eagle Ridge renovation, which will include a dedicated conference center, specially designated food and beverage service and facilities, carefully calibrated acoustics and lighting, ergonomic furniture, and technology ranging from high-speed wireless Internet access to built-in video systems for presentations and video-conferences.
In addition, the lobby and public area, from the porte cochere at the property’s entrance through the dining room, will be modernized with upscale flooring, lighting, wall color and furniture to create a comfortable gathering space to eat, drink and socialize around the Eagle Ridge lobby fireplace. A new front desk will feature check-in pods for guests.
Dining options at Eagle Ridge also will be enhanced. The Woodlands Restaurant will be updated with modern paint, furniture, flooring and equipment. Spikes Bar and Grill, the clubhouse restaurant, will undergo a concept change to become a more community-centered, family-friendly, upscale yet casual dining destination.
Reagan Davis, the new golf director at Eagle Ridge, is overseeing the restoration of the 63 holes spanning four championship courses. Davis, a 22-year PGA professional, is a golf historian and will oversee the reinstatement of the original course design, which incorporates the natural landscape of rolling hills and woodlands of the Galena Territory. The transformed courses will be ready for the 2014 season.
Eagle Ridge will be open during all renovations.