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Welcome to Hickory Knoll Golf Course, a beloved fixture in the Lake Villa community since 1947! Our 9-hole golf course has a rich history, with roots that trace back to an era when military members could enjoy a round of golf for just a NICKEL. Today, we're proud to announce a significant transformation as we undergo a major redevelopment to enhance your golfing experience.

Experience golf like never before with 17 new sand traps strategically placed to challenge and elevate your game. We've implemented a state-of-the-art drainage system across four holes, ensuring optimal playing conditions even after heavy rainfall. The greens have been meticulously developed to provide a smooth, consistent surface for your putting pleasure.

At Hickory Knoll Golf Course, we're on a mission to revive the glory days of this historic course. We extend a warm welcome to golfers of all skill levels, but our newly redeveloped 9-hole course is particularly ideal for those looking to refine their short game or conquer a 20-over par handicap.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to restore and elevate Hickory Knoll Golf Course. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, there's something for every golfer on our beautifully redesigned course. Come be a part of the legacy – play, improve, and create lasting memories at Hickory Knoll!

Did you Know...

Did you know that golf has a celestial connection? In 1971, during the Apollo 14 mission, astronaut Alan Shepard, a true golf enthusiast, took golf to new heights—literally. With a makeshift club and a couple of golf balls, Shepard executed a unique one-handed swing on the moon's surface, showcasing the sport in a low-gravity lunar environment. Golf on the moon, a feat that combines science and sportsmanship, adds a cosmic twist to the game we love. And in case you were curious, javelin is not the only sport that has ventured beyond our planet!

Discover the unique charm of Hickory Knoll Golf Course, strategically designed on picturesque, hilly terrain. Our course offers an exceptional walking experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. The small greens, maintained at a medium speed, add an exciting challenge to your game, requiring precision and skill in every putt.

Navigate the wide and generous fairways with ease, designed to accommodate players of all skill levels. At Hickory Knoll, we've crafted an environment where water hazards don't come into play, ensuring a worry-free round that lets you focus on perfecting your swing and enjoying the game.

Experience golf in a setting that harmoniously blends the beauty of nature with the thrill of the game. Hickory Knoll Golf Course invites you to indulge in a walking course adventure, where small greens, spacious fairways, and a lack of water hazards create the perfect canvas for an enjoyable and rewarding golfing experience. Come and relish the unique challenges that make our course a standout in the golfing community!

Family History

Hickory Knoll Golf Course holds a special place in the hearts of the Lake Villa Community, earning its status as a local legend. Generations have grown up playing on this iconic course, creating cherished memories that span across time. Now, many in the community eagerly anticipate returning to Hickory Knoll, this time with their own children or grandchildren in tow.

The Gernhardt Family, former owners of this golfing gem, dedicated years of service to the community, leaving an indelible mark on its history. As the new custodians of this beloved establishment, our mission is to honor and extend the Gernhardt legacy. We are committed to restoring Hickory Knoll Golf Course to its former glory, breathing new life into this piece of history.

Join us in preserving the traditions, reliving the memories, and creating new moments on the greens. Hickory Knoll Golf Course is more than just a course; it's a living testament to community, family, and the enduring spirit of the game. Come be a part of the legacy, as we embark on a journey to restore and enhance the historical significance of this local treasure.

Family Golfing

Coming Soon Spring 2022!

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The original structure had a bar and game room. With a little bit of TLC and creative genius, we are looking forward to inviting you to have a beverage and some light eats.

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Want to have an intimate gathering of your family and closest friends? In Spring, come check out our vintage clubhouse.

We are in the midst of restoring it, and are so excited for you to come visit so you can truly take a step back in time!

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