History of Twin Orchard

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Twin Orchard Country Club was originally founded on May 20, 1924 as the “Chicago Golf Club”. The club was built on two farms located at Bryn Mawr Avenue & Wolf Road. The club consisted of 164 acres and included 2 large fruit orchards. Hence, the change of name prior to opening to Twin Orchard.

On July 8, 1924 Twin Orchard was incorporated in the State of Illinois. The first set of officers were elected and Mr. Lewis D. Levit served as the Club’s first president presiding over all thirty members.

pic_2_20160826143428In 1947, the club was informed that its site was being considered for condemnation to make way for the proposed O’Hare Airport. A special committee was appointed to investigate the possibility of moving the club to another location and Mr. Samuel Hillman was appointed Chairman. He evaluated several possible sites and settled on the then sight known as Skycrest Estates. Mr. Gene Dyer, the owner at that time and the membership finalized the sale and the Twin Orchard move to Long Grove was completed in May of 1951.

The Twin Orchard Community has always valued and invested in its two greatest physical assets: two magnificent golf courses and our inviting clubhouse.  Our cutting edge irrigation and remediation project of several years ago ensures course playability through the most extreme weather conditions.  At the same time, we rebuilt all red course fairways and greens with a bent grass stand and permitted our architect to redesign tees and update several key holes.  The result is an incomparable experience for men and women players of widely varying ability. In 2022 we will begin a White Course Renovation Project.

On the clubhouse side we have refurbished  both locker rooms which provides our members an elegant, warm and comfortable sanctuary.  The renovations to the member restaurant and bar areas were developed by Image Design, the nation’s premier private club design firm.  They have created an environment that encourages socializing over a cocktail, lingering over a great meal, as well as providing a distinct feeling of well being. The experience is uniquely dramatic when paired with fine furnishings, luxurious finishes and alluring lighting.  We are particularly pleased that this was achieved without any increase to the annual costs of membership.

pic_3_20160826143503Twin Orchard Country Club takes great pride in its reputation for food service quality and presentation.  Wedding, showers, Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties and full wedding ceremonies and receptions are among the many affairs our expert event professionals plan for our members, their families and friends.  Our restaurant itself has been widely praised for food comparable to any great restaurant in the area.

We also cater to our tennis-playing members with our four championship clay courts and an active tennis program. In 2022 we added 4 new Pickleball Courts as well.  Our Olympic size swimming pool and separate baby pool are popular destinations particularly for our members with young children and grandchildren or those seeking a respite from daily activities.

Throughout our one hundred year history Twin Orchard has been synonymous with great golf, uncompromising quality, warmth and friendship.  We remain committed to the values and traditions that will ensure Twin Orchard continues to thrive for the next one hundred years.

Visual History of Twin Orchard