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An Old Golf Course


   This is the intersection of Honey Lake Road. Before  Route 22 was improved in the 1920s, this was the only road heading west from Lake Zurich. It wasn’t blocked off as it is today, and connected with Signal Hill Road.  Just ahead of where you are now, there was once a huge 220 acre golf course called Zurich Hills Country Club.  It was created in the late 1920s. It stretched north along the lake all the way to Old Rand Road and westward nearly 3/4 of a mile.  Unfortunately, the 1929 stock market crash spelled its doom.  Part of the course became a small subdivision named Zurich Heights Golf Club Estates,  which today we know as the Heights. Some of the streets such as Golfview, Fairway, and Country Club still serve to remind us of  the old golf course.  

    One of the more popular places for swimming and  boat rental at Lake Zurich  was Sandy Point Beach, located along this stretch where the townhomes are today at Sandy Point Lane. It opened right after World War II, and was in operation until 1986.       

     As you approach the intersection of Route12 and Old Rand, you will come to the new townhomes on your right. This is a quite historic spot on our lake walk, for in the 1850s an early village once existed here, and it may even have been called Lake Zurich. We know that it must have been somewhere close to this spot, because the Lake Zurich post office once stood right across the road from where you stand. That’s right. From 1847 to 1860 the postmaster for Lake Zurich was Alexander Fortune, and the post office was in his home directly across from here along Route 12. When you reach the corner, push NEXT

A Historical Walk Around the Lake
  1. Paulus Park
  2. An Old Golf Course
  3. Breezy Point
  4. Pine Tree Row
  5. Lake Zurich Golf Club
  6. Lake Zurich’s Outlet
  7. Breezewald Park
  8. Paine and Main
  9. The Farman Hotel
  10. The Lake Zurich Creamery
  11. The Sea Wall
  12. The Bruce Ice House
  13. The Robertson House
  14. Along Robertson Road
  15. Whitney Road