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For over 100 years, Kishwaukee Country Club has been a staple of the northern Illinois landscape. Founded in 1901, it began as a simple 9-hole course with a dance hall and dining room. Since then, it has hosted scores of golf tournaments and o?cial business gatherings, as well as countless weddings and banquets. But the real value of the club (or KCC, as its members like to call it) is in the myriad casual, leisurely games that have been played by siblings and cousins, the late summer evenings enjoying dinner by the pool, the 4th of July and October Harvest celebration traditions, and the serendipity of dropping in for a cocktail and staying longer than you intended to with friends old and new.


Those who play golf at KCC have a deep love for the game, for the beauty of the greens and the simple pleasure of playing a sport thousands of years old, yet new and different every time. This appreciation is passed down from parents helping their toddlers with their first swings on the putting green. You can see it in the annual Junior Golf Camp and in the men's and women's leagues in addition to the numerous tournaments played throughout the season. It is the official practice course for nearby Northern Illinois University, and KCC members are proud to call this course their home.


But to say KCC only appeals to those who golf is short-sighted. The pool is a social scene in the summer, perfect for families who want to spend a few hours golfing and then cool off and grab a bite to eat. The fully-staffed facility offers swimming lessons and children can meet up with their friends to play while parents get a few moments to relax. Northern Illinois is an area that is steeped in traditions and KCC has no shortage. Families reunite for the 4th of July celebration--which happens to offer the perfect view of the Hopkins Park fireworks! KCC is the place to be for Easter Brunch, where the Easter Bunny makes an appearance, and children can participate in the Easter egg hunt. Brunch with Santa is a favorite, as everyone can feel like a kid again, reveling in the holiday spirit.
In short, Kishwaukee Country Club is part of the fabric of northern Illinois and the families that call it their home course. There is something for everyone at KCC and it is the backdrop for many a childhood and family memory. Come experience for yourself what it is like to be part of the tradition.



History

1901

Kishwaukee Country Club was founded...

by a group of DeKalb residents.  The first location of the club was in nearby Sycamore. The original facility offered a dance hall, a dining room, and nine holes of golf.

1912

The Club Relocated

...to its current address in DeKalb. The club again developed a nine-hole course at this new location, calling upon noted golf course architect Thomas Bendelow to design the course.

Early 1900s

Bendelow was a Prolific Course Designer

with over 600 courses designed – he is often described as the “Johnny Appleseed” of golf course design.  He is the architect behind many famous courses – among the most notable are all three courses at Medinah Country Club, the East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, and French Lick Resort.
 
The club maintained a rustic clubhouse in those early days, expanding and remodeling the building many times over the years.  The club also added tennis courts and a swimming pool to meet the growing needs of its membership.  Kishwaukee Country Club expanded its membership and reputation throughout the 20th century.

1963

The Club Chose David Gill

to create plans for an additional nine holes on 75 acres of land that was leased and then eventually purchased.  Today, the club has 18 beautiful and challenging holes of golf.  Holes 1-7, 17 and 18 comprise the original nine, with holes 8-16 the “new” nine.    With the addition of the new land, the club expanded to a total of 180 acres with 22 acres of that consisting of fairways and 3 acres of greens and tees. The course features tree-lined, narrow fairways with strategically placed bunkers and modestly sized greens.  Water hazards can be found on numerous holes with the Kishwaukee River and a creek flowing through the course.  With changes in the weather and wind direction, the course provides plenty of variety and a continuous challenge to our members and their guests.  The course requires accuracy off the tee and demands precise approach shots and strong short-game skills.

Mid 1980's

Underwent Redesign and Renovation

The work included the construction of new tees, new bunkers, and the addition of contours across the property.  A few years later, the short par-4 17th hole was moved, redesigned, and lengthened.  The club began restoring bunkers in 2002, using original blueprints whenever possible to capture the original design intent.  The club has ample practice facilities, including a driving range and putting green.  The club also maintains a short game practice facility, which allows players to develop their shot making skills from inside 75-yards.
 
Throughout its history, Kishwaukee County Club has hosted numerous tournaments, including the Illinois Senior Open, collegiate tournaments, U.S. Open qualifying for both men and women, Lincoln Highway tournaments for men and women, high school regional and sectional tournaments, interclub leagues and more.

2017

The New Clubhouse was Opened

and the original building was razed.  The clubhouse features a dining area and bar, locker rooms, staff offices and a golf shop.  It also provides outdoor amenities, including bar service, patio dining, a fire table and fire pits. The building also provides basement level cart and golf bag storage.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

  • Mission
  • Vision

We are committed to providing an approachable, family-focused country club environment with detailed attention to member service through our golf, swimming, tennis, dining, and social experiences.

We strive to be the premier choice for country club membership in DeKalb County by providing our members, their families, and their guests with excellent service in a trustworthy, family-focused environment.

What We Value

Meet Your Professional Staff

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Charise Witherspoon

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Clubhouse Manager

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Theresa Hirsch

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Office Manager

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David Paeglow

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PGA, Head Golf Professional

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Dustin Henning

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Executive Chef

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Virgil Range

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Grounds Superintendent

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Atlas Brewster

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Pool Manager