JOHNSBURG – The village of Johnsburg has closed on its
$1.1 million acquisition of Chapel Hill Golf Course, according to a news release from the village.
Johnsburg now will annex the unincorporated property to the village. As soon as ground conditions permit, the village also will begin removing dead trees and cleaning up the property.
The village plans to demolish the old clubhouse by allowing the McHenry Township Fire Protection District to use it for training, which will result in a complete burn of the building, village officials said.
Village officials announced a contract with the owner to buy the property Sept. 8. Village Board members voted to buy the 100-acre property at their Sept. 5 meeting.
The Chapel Hill Golf Course was at the center of a rift between McHenry and Johnsburg in 1998, when the two municipalities were redrawing boundary agreements. The city of McHenry essentially agreed to allow Johnsburg to provide sewer service to land along Route 31 in McHenry’s service area if Johnsburg conceded to allow the Chapel Hill property to fall into McHenry’s boundary lines, according to 1998 Northwest Herald reports.
Johnsburg residents feel strong ties to the property because Frederick Schmitt – who has genealogical ties to many current Johnsburg residents – built the first church in Johnsburg on the site. The chapel on the hill is where the golf course gets its name, according to the 1998 reports.
Preservation of green space is a key reason the village moved forward with the purchase.
“We are pleased that we were able to preserve this important recreational open space located at a key entrance to the village and are excited about the opportunities it provides our community,” Village President Edwin Hettermann wrote. “As always, our goal remains to provide a golf course facility that is well maintained yet affordable for our residents.”