132 shareholders save golf course from closing in Illinois

Wee-Ma-Tuk is being renovated and is scheduled to reopen later this month in Cuba, IL.

More than 130 people put their heads and wallets together over a year ago to save a golf course in central Illinois. It took the Wee-Ma-Tuk Group, Ltd  financing with three banks, but the Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills Country Club is being renovated and will reopen later this month.

“We have hired a seasoned greenskeeper who will revitalize those 18 holes, with an added focus on the greens, in order to put together a plan on how to restore our golf course,” said Mark Cornell, interim director for the group. “The golf course has mesmerizing beauty and at the same time it is a challenge. We will be offering central Illinois citizens the best possible golfing values besides other benefits, such as a great place to socialize.” 

Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills Country Club is 193-acres in the city of Cuba and means ‘Blue Skies and Many Waters.’ The golf course is surrounded by five lakes including the biggest, Lake Wee-Ma-Tuk. Is what locals call an oasis in the middle of reclaimed stripped land.

“We will be offering central Illinois citizens the best possible golfing values besides other benefits, such as a great place to socialize,” Cornell said.

Wee-Ma-Tuk was founded 71 years ago by the Truax family and many central Illinois community leaders. 

The banks funding this community project include Ipava State Bank, MidAmerica National Bank and Bank of Farmington and the Wee-Ma-Tuk Group, Ltd is an Illinois member-owned stock company consisting of 132 shareholders.

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