Press Release – Illinois Athletics & The Atkins Group Exploring Options to Reopen Stone Creek Golf Club

Please read the announcement below and the information following. Due to the University of Illinois’ status as a public entity, our organizations are required to submit a formal public announcement in order to engage in transactional dialogue. This announcement shall serve as a notice that The Atkins Group is engaging with the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics insofar as to be presented a proposal regarding the future of the Stone Creek Golf Course and Subdivision.

March, 6, 2020

Illinois Athletics & The Atkins Group Exploring Options to Reopen Stone Creek Golf Club

The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and The Atkins Group are exploring opportunities to continue operation of the Stone Creek Golf Club, the two entities announced jointly today. This could include The Atkins Group donating the golf course and related real estate to the University of Illinois.

Stone Creek Golf Club is an 18-hole public golf course located on approximately 190 acres in southeast Urbana. The Atkins Group, owner of Stone Creek since its opening in 2000, closed the course in January after 20 years of operation and has been evaluating options to redevelop the property. Stone Creek served as the home course of the Fighting Illini men’s and women’s golf programs for many years, up until its recent closing.

DIA and The Atkins Group have opened discussions with the City of Urbana and have plans to consult with the nearly 200 homeowners who occupy the neighborhoods developed by The Atkins Group in and around the golf course. The parties hope to reach some resolution on a potential partnership or transfer of Stone Creek in the coming weeks. More details will be announced as they become available.

The Atkins Group is an Urbana-based real estate development firm founded by Susie Atkins and her late husband, Clint. The Atkins family has been long-time supporters of Fighting Illini Athletics. A lead gift from the family allowed for construction of the Atkins Tennis Center in 1991. The Atkins family was an original lessor of the Founders’ Suites in Memorial Stadium following its renovation in 2008. Most recently, in November 2018, Susie Atkins pledged a

$3 million gift that made possible the new Susan and Clint Atkins Baseball Training Center, to open in late 2021.

In light of this announcement, The Atkins Group will be postponing the March 9, 2020 residents and stakeholder meeting regarding AES and potential Stone Creek redevelopment plans. Notification detailing a new date and time will be sent in the near future.