Initially founded over 200 acres of land by three gentleman’s farms owners, J.R. Cardwell, George E. Van Hagen, and H. Stillson Hart, Barrington Hills Country Club has maintained its prestige for nearly a century.
George O’Neill, a Golden Age golf architect, originally designed the enormous golf course, used from time to time to host the U.S. Open Qualifier. Later, it expanded to have an astonishing 18 holes and was touched up by Tom Doak recently. Many consider the greens of the course to be the finest in the Chicago Area.
Besides golf, BHCC hosts a variety of activities, including but not limited to tennis, a wine club, and “men’s only” dining and locker room. An activity of the club not often recognized is the Barrington Play-Reading Group. It has been operating since 1942, a little over 20 years less than the club itself.
The fees can be moderate to high, depending on your membership level, but receiving a membership is no easy task. Potential members will need to get through multiple levels of approval, including an invitation from a member, letter writers, seconders, and sponsors. The last step is getting approved by the board.