Developer Plans to Transform Hillmoor Golf Club

Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:35 pm

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Wight Realty Group purchased the Hillmoor Golf Club in Lake Geneva earlier this year and is now planning a $110 million development to rebuild the golf course and add 278 homes and a 100-room hotel.

Wight bought the golf course from Hillmoor Golf Club Inc. Wight also purchased a large amount of undeveloped land adjacent to the golf course. The firm purchased 75 acres from Joe Pecora and 30 acres from Harmony Homes. Wight now owns about 230 acres at the site, and the golf course covers less than half of that.

Hillmoor Golf Club was built in 1923. Since then, several other golf courses have opened in the Lake Geneva area, which is a popular tourist destination, especially for Chicago area residents.

"(Hillmoor) has never been really upgraded," said Mike Assad, a partner with Wight Realty Group. "There are 21 golf courses within a 15-minute car ride. It’s really hard to compete."

Wight plans to totally rebuild Hillmoor with a new layout, making use of the additional land purchased next to the golf course. The new course is expected to open in the spring of 2007 with a new name, Wight Canyon Golf Club.

"There will not be a hole that’s the same," Assad said.

The property’s natural features provide an opportunity to build a beautiful golf course, Assad said. It features 80- to 90-foot changes in topography, a large wetland and a wooded area. The White River runs through the property and into Geneva Lake. Many of the best natural elements are not on the golf course, but they are on the land Wight bought next to the course, he said.

The company also plans to add seven to eight ponds and two to three waterfalls, including a 40-foot waterfall near the clubhouse.

"We will make it as beautiful as possible," Assad said. "We’re going to try to make as many beautiful holes as we can so when you leave the golf course you will be talking about this hole or that hole."

The greens fees for Wight Canyon will cost $50 to $70, including cart, Assad said, compared with the $25 to $40 greens fees, including cart, for Hillmoor.

During construction next year, Wight plans to keep nine holes open with a temporary clubhouse. The current clubhouse will be demolished.

A new 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a bar and grill will be built near a 300-seat banquet hall and the 100-room hotel. Those facilities will open within six months of when the rebuilt course opens in the spring of 2007, Assad said.

The hotel could become a "destination resort," Assad said. Wight has not yet selected a chain to operate the hotel, he said.

"It will be a recognizable flag," Assad said. "We want to have the benefit of their reservation system."

Assad is a former vice president with the Marriott Hotel Group. Wight is looking for a hotel company of that

caliber to operate the Lake Geneva property, he said.

Wight also plans to build 143 single-family homes, 44 duplex units and 91 townhomes, for a total of 278 homes, on the property. The prices for the residences will range from $325,000 to $600,000, Assad said. About two-thirds of the buyers are expected to be people buying second homes. The other third will be people buying the homes as their primary residence.

The project also includes a 20,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail building along Highway 50. Wight plans to make some improvements to the highway, adding turn lanes.

The company plans to build 15,000 feet of walking paths through the property that will be open to the public.

"We bought a whole bunch of beautiful land," Assad said. "Ninety-nine percent of the city (residents) have never had a chance to see it. I envision this being one of the prettiest developments in the state of Wisconsin."

The project still must be approved by the City of Lake Geneva. More information is available at:

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Andrew Weiland is the managing editor of Small Business Times.

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