I have played Lake Forest thousands of times and it’s been a real thrill to watch the course mature over the years from the early days. I am especially pleased about the positive environmental impact the course has provided to our neighboring community. Much of the course is built on land, used for many years as a dairy farm. Dairy farming is very hard on the environment. It involves massive amounts of cow manure spread on the land, which then runs off, unfiltered, into surrounding drainage courses. The land was used to farm “cow corn”, with the soil being turned over constantly and eroding. The course has provided great benefit to the environment. We built substantial ponds and wetlands and preserved all those that already existed, to make both interesting hazards for golf but also to provide water and habitat for fish and animals. It’s amazing how many fish we have in our ponds and all the variety of nature and animals which made their home around our course. We greatly improved the area-wide drainage system with permanent turf and fescue and other grasses in place of constantly eroding topsoil and animal waste. Over the years, we took down some trees to allow for better airflow on our greens and fairways, particularly on the back nine holes. However, we have also planted many as well and for the most part preserved the entire large wetlands which existed before the course was built.
It has been a decades long labor of love and we are pleased and proud of how things have turned out. The back and front sides of the golf course are quite different, with the front having a more open links-style feel and the back, quite heavily wooded with tighter fairways. Players who have just seen the course from the road, are surprised about the amount of topographic variation within our 176 acres. The course has five sets of tees, which bring the hazards into play for players of different skills levels. If you haven’t done so, it’s quite a different experience playing some of the holes from the back tees and we encourage you to give it a try.
We hope you enjoy our hole-by-hole flyovers; be sure to listen to all the pro tips! We welcome you, your family, and friends to our course. Thank you for stopping by, we look forward to meeting you.
Gilda Johnson, Owner,
Tim Schumacher, Superintendent
Doug White, PGA Professional