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Changes Ahead? Westview proposal includes practice range

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Westview Golf Course is in the early stages of planning for an expansion, which would include a driving range and practice grounds. Westview Golf Course is in the early stages of planning for an expansion, which would include a driving range and practice grounds.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- It's one of the top public golf courses in the area, and it soon could be getting a face lift.

Quincy's Westview Golf Course has plenty of amenities but one thing the course does not offer is a driving range or expansive practice area.

Westview pro Matt Burry would like to see that change, by transforming a large part of the 'third-nine,' holes 19-27, into a driving range and potential executive par-3 course.

Burry says it's a crucial element that would make Westview a more complete facility.

"Generate more revenue is probably number one and number two is to have an avenue to develop some new golfers, and right now we don't really have the facilities to really do that," Burry told WGEM Sports.

"We get asked all the time, every weekend, 'I want to go hit a bucket of balls before we play.' Sorry we don't have a range, and everyone's kind of in disbelief when they hear that."

Along with money needed to fund the project, another concern is the future of the Pepsi/Titan Little People's Golf Championships and how changes could effect business at the Knights of Columbus.

However, Burry views an expanded Westview as something that would boost the event with more flexibility the course would be able to offer.

"It would be perfect for (Little People's). We think it would be a benefit for the golfers that play back there," Burry expressed.

"They'd have a place to practice and place to hit golf balls for the Little People's without having to go up to the driving range. Once all of the information is out there, we hope everyone will agree with us. So we'll see."

Little People's executive director Nan Ryan has sent a letter to Park District officials voicing her concerns.

Ryan feels the changes could ultimately lead to the demise of the tournament which makes its 40th stop in Quincy in June.

The park district will hold a special meeting next month to get input from the public.

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