Carillon Addtional Information & History

Unlike Wynstone or White Eagle or for that matter the other area golf course residential communities, Carillon's appeal doesn't hinge exclusively on its golf course amenities. Instead, the development's i8-hole layout serves as just one more recreational activity available to the residents of one of the largest housing complexes ever planned in Illinois. Upon completion of its final phase, Carillon will represent a sizable community within Will County. About 7,500 housing units, comprised of single-family, townhouses and condominiums, are being built by Carillon's primary developer-Cenvill Illinois Corporation. Housing prices range from 1$78,000 to more than $150,000. Clearly, buyers of Carillon's property are not CEOs of major corporations or LaSalle Street bankers. Here, the targeted demography includes empty-nesters or retirees. Still, the Carillon golf course provides a good but fair test for all age levels. Designed by Greg Martin, Carillon's two separate nine-hole courses play to length of 3,121 and 3,486 yards. A third line may be added in the future. Ready for play in 1990, the course will eventually be limited to Carillon residents. n the interim, public players are invited to enjoy the layout. Reservations are required, however, a step necessary to gain entrance onto the private grounds. The new course doesn't have many trees but other hazards-including water and bunkers-are evident· To those who have never played it, Carillon may conjure up images of a course befitting only seniors but in truth the layout offers challenge for all golfers. While planned residential golf course communities multiplied during the late '80s especially, a local facility did take root early in the decade. Located in Schererville, Ind., Briar Ridge's l8-hole course is another private layout surounded by a housing development. It represents still another example of a Dick Nugent/Ken Killian design. Actually, the private Woodmar Country Club in Hammond, Ind., also debuted in the early '80s. This course and the Algonquin-based Terrace Hill Country Club were mong the very few golfing facilities built during the last decade not associated with residential developments. As all stand-alone entities, they Were clearly the exceptions of private club growth from 1981 to 1990.

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