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The Putt Club in East Peoria eyes start of next week for its opening

An opening date for The Putt Club in East Peoria has been set for Monday, according to investor group spokesperson JR Runkel.
Joe Deacon
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WCBU
An opening date for The Putt Club in East Peoria has been set for Monday, according to investor group spokesperson JR Runkel.

A much anticipated entertainment venue in a highly visible East Peoria location plans to open next week.

Investor group spokesperson JR Runkel says The Putt Club has set its opening date for Monday.

Along with two 18-hole putting courses, one indoor and one outdoor, the business will also feature a full bar and restaurant. The Putt Club is located between Bass Pro Shops and Interstate 74, with the Murray Baker Bridge visible in the background of the outdoor course.

East Peoria Mayor John Kahl recently toured the venue and says the business is one of a kind as the first in what the investors hope will develop into more locations.

Workers attend to the outdoor golf putting course at The Putt Club in East Peoria. Investor group spokesperson JR Runkel says the business is set to open Monday.
Joe Deacon
/
WCBU
Workers attend to the outdoor golf putting course at The Putt Club in East Peoria. Investor group spokesperson JR Runkel says the business is set to open Monday.

“That business, they're going to do extremely well. I've seen nothing like it, personally,” Kahl said. “They've added a lot of additional things that they originally weren't calling for, and being that it's the first one, they want to make a statement. And it's going to make quite the statement.”

Kahl says he believes the arrival of The Putt Club could trigger additional development in the Bass Pro area.

“We've had some interested parties reach out since The Putt Club began construction,” he said. “Nothing that I care to share at this particular moment because nothing's ironclad, but we've just had some interest down there on the remaining land that’s city owned down there.”

Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.