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History

Our Course is not old by some standards, but we’re replete with storied Chicago golf legacy, Hilldale Golf Course was built in 1970 on land that was once a sportsman’s club and owned by the famous retailer, Marshall Field. So - be on the lookout for the occasional bear, cub, even wolves. Those, of course, are of the Chicago variety! You never know when a Chicago professional sports legend – past, present or future – is going to be prowling Hilldale!

We’re located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a mere twenty minutes west of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. In an area bustling with golf courses, you needn’t “shop” long to find the best, most challenging course with “The best greens in the burbs.”

We offer you the only 18 hole course in Northern Illinois designed by world famous golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

Call us at 847-310-1100 for more information or click here to make an online tee time.

Hilldale Sets a Shining Example of a Trent Jones Golf Course

When it’s true, it’s not bragging!. The late Robert Trent Jones, Sr., designed golf courses around the globe, and Hilldale is the only 18 hole course in northern Illinois designed by the famous architect. Mr. Jones is known for shaping the given land into beautiful-yet-challenging courses. As a golf course architect for nearly seven decades, Jones logged an estimated eight million miles when creating more than three hundred fifty courses and remodeling more than one hundred fifty others - including seventy-nine that hosted national championships. His courses exist in forty-five states and thirty-five foreign countries — on every continent except Antarctica.

Jones studied at Cornell University and fashioned his own program of studies to become a golf course architect during the late 40s. He’s known for designing difficult holes and entire courses that frequently bring huge bunkers and water hazards into play.

Jones created the putting green at the White House for Dwight Eisenhower and a hole with three different tees at Camp David. He co-founded the American Society of Golf Course Architects in 1947; won first Donald Ross Award for outstanding contributions to the industry, and was the first architect inducted into the Golf World Hall of Fame in 1987.

Jones' Philosophy on "Fair" Design

When Mr. Jones redesigned the fourth hole at the Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, New Jersey, before the 1954 United States Open, some members thought the par three over a pond was unfair. He offered to play the hole along with Johnny Farrell, the club pro, and two members while other members watched.

Playing from the 165-yard members tee, Mr. Farrell and the two members each hit balls on the green. Mr. Jones stepped up and swung his 4-iron. His ball landed on the green and rolled into the cup for a hole-in-one. Turning to the assembled members, he said: "Gentlemen, the hole is fair. Eminently fair."

Mr. Jones's clients included the Rockefeller family, the Aga Khan and King Hassan II of Morocco. Among his last designs were 18 public layouts in Alabama, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Golf was always in his thoughts. After having one stroke, he awakened in his hospital bed to see his two sons at his bedside.

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