As the name suggests, the game of golf is the centerpiece of the Wood Wind Golf Course. But that’s not the only attraction on the public course at 2302 W. 161st St.
Cohoat & O’Neal Management COO Colin O’Neal wants members to know that Wood Wind isn’t just about golf.
Recent additions to the course include a beer garden, pickleball courts, live music and a clubhouse. O’Neal said most of the changes were made due to new neighborhoods surrounding the golf course. Cohoat & O’Neal Management manages the public golf course. Four neighborhoods that are part of the Wood Wind HOA: Wood Wind North, Wood Wind South, Westchester and Bent Creek.
“A lot of that was generated because there was development around the golf course,” O’Neal said. “Because of the development in these areas, golf course owner Matt Cohoat felt it was a great idea to provide them with more opportunities to get involved with the club or use this golf course as an asset. community.”
The beer garden, sponsored by Oasis Outdoor Living and Landscape, opened in 2021 and features fire pits and lawn games such as the Giant Jenga and Connect 4. Due to amenities, O’Neal said the course often hosts corporate retreats.
Two pickleball courts west of the clubhouse opened in the spring of 2021.
“The pickleball and beer garden and clubhouse cover the social aspect in terms of we’re more than a golf club,” O’Neal said. “Internally, with these resources, we are able to generate things like a pickleball league in the summer and fall. You do not need to be an annual or social member.
All four Wood Wind HOA neighborhoods incorporate membership dues into HOA dues, but social memberships are also available. O’Neal said the Wood Wind Golf Course is Westfield’s only public golf course.
Along with the new amenities, the Wood Wind Golf Course also features four new holes on the 18-hole course. Holes 8 and 9 opened last year. These are the only two holes north of the main clubhouse. The other two holes, Nos. 5 and 17, are par 4s.
Colin O’Neal said No. 5 had been shortened to make room for residential development and No. 17 had been lengthened from a par 3 to a par 4.
“Any changes to the golf course are a result of development,” said Cohoat & O’Neal Management Executive Vice President Doc O’Neal. “There are 80 homes in Wood Wind North, 80 in Wood Wind South, and both of these developments have resulted in us making changes to the golf course.”
Wood Wind North began construction three years ago and residents began moving in 18 months ago. Wood Wind South is still under construction.
Doc O’Neal said when construction began, more than 3,200 new homes were planned within a 1 square mile radius of the Wood Wind Golf Course.
“So the benefits are going to be for us, with the social component and the redesign of the golf holes, which has really created a whole new Wood Wind, a new approach to how we do business,” Doc O’ said. Neal. “There’s a new look, a new level of energy, a lot more golfers, a lot more families. This development should work very well for this area and Wood Wind. The downside is going through the surgery, but we are now recovered and on our way. We’ve been under construction for three years, so it’s really nice to get out of there.
To learn more, visit woodwindgolf.com.
One of the many public benefits, the Wood Wind Golf Course is the home course for boys’ and girls’ teams from Westfield High School, Park Tudor School and University High School.
The course also has a new partnership with the Golf School of Indiana, where golf instructors at the Westfield facility provide golf instruction. There is a junior PGA league for ages 8-13. The Wood Wind Golf Course hosts over 25 charity golf outings each year.