ALTON – Woodlands Golf Club has been chosen as the recipient of the April 2022 RiverBend Growth Association Small Business of the Month Award.

Located at 2839 Harris Lane in Alton, the golf club is owned by Joseph Boston. It has been in operation for 26 years and opened in 1994. The Woodlands has an 18-hole golf course, pro shop and bar offering lessons and league opportunities.

With 25 employees, The Woodlands is now under new management with a renewed focus on satisfaction.

“We couldn’t be more excited about making positive changes to the course,” noted Dan Morelli, Director of Operations. “We are rooted in the local community and look forward to enhancing the Metro-East experience. We invite everyone to see the changes we have made.

Morelli said these changes became possible because senior management was willing to listen. Management has also made satisfaction a top priority in all operations. This includes tournaments, outings, banquets and special events.


“The golf industry as a whole can sometimes be a challenge. With a focus on customer experience and our willingness to try new things, we are set to be successful for many years to come,” added Morelli.

The upgraded clubhouse and its banquet hall are ready to host any type of event. It is an ideal venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, baby showers, family reunions, corporate events, and more.

The banquet hall, known as The Views at The Woodlands, includes a new outdoor wedding venue as well as an outdoor patio overlooking the 18th green. Significant upgrades also include the clubhouse.

The amenities at The Woodlands 19th Hole Bar offer even more unique options for hosting events. Located on the lower level of the clubhouse, it overlooks the 18th green of the golf course. The Woodlands 19th Hole can comfortably accommodate 80 people, with more seating available on the outdoor terrace.

The Woodlands Golf Club is also the venue for many charity events throughout the year. Charities supported by The Woodlands include the Oasis Women’s Center, Police Benevolent and Protective Association, Blake C. Snyder Memorial, Captain Jake Ringering Memorial, American Legion Post 199, and Gifts to the Yanks Who Gave program , Alton High School’s National Honor Society, St. Paul Lutheran Church, as well as St. Mary’s and St. Ambrose Catholic Churches.

To learn more about Woodlands Golf Club, visit thewoodlandsgolfclub.com or call 618-462-1456. They can also be found on Facebook, The Woodlands Golf Club & Banquet Facility, @WoodlandsGolf.

The RiverBend Growth Association is the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for the 11 communities known as Riverbend. For more information about the Growth Association, please visit www.growthassociation.com or call 618-467-2280.

The RBGA Small Business of the Month Committee recognizes a different member business each month for their outstanding efforts and leadership in the community. Committee members include Brenda Eardley, Adrianna Lock, Kristen Ryrie, Leslie Schobernd, Martha Schultz, Amy Smith and Kathy Weaver.

To learn more about RiverBend Growth Association membership and Small Business of the Month recognition, visit the RBGA website or call their Godfrey office.