Kane, DuPage and Cook County Landscapes

Summary

Today was a redux of a few days ago when I toured the rural areas of Kane County.

Settler’s Hill Golf Course

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This is a fascinating golf course. Their site says about them:

Settler's Hill Golf Course Building

Settler’s Hill isn’t so much a golf course as it is a golf ODYSSEY. Nestled in the heart of Kane County, Settler’s Hill lives up to its name with dramatic elevation changes across a layout that traverses a variety of landscapes–mature woodlands, vibrant wetlands and windswept highlands. The course’s distinctive look underscores its unique history, as Settler’s Hill may be the ultimate recycling success story. It occupies the site of a former Waste Management landfill and owes its rolling topography to this legacy.

Heralded as one of Chicagoland’s best buys for 18 holes, Settler’s Hill is a favorite in Kane County and beyond. Here, links, parkland and water holes combine to create a truly varied and memorable golf experience. Quirky greens, deep bunkers and colorful seasonal wildflower displays add to the course’s charm. Superb conditioning and a casual atmosphere make Settler’s Hill welcoming and enjoyable for all levels of golfers. The course’s west-central location in Batavia near the Fox River makes Settler’s Hill a natural choice for meeting friends for a round or planning an outing.

Settler’s Hill is a Kane County Forest Preserve facility operated by GolfVisions Management, Inc. “Settler’s Hill is a one-of-a-kind golf course with breathtaking views of the Kane County countryside,” comments longtime general manager John O’Connor. “People who play Settler’s Hill, love Settler’s Hill!”

These initial images are of the buildings on the land which were part of the original landowners estate. Each time I pass this site I am drawn in to see what this place is like. You can actually drive to the top of this vertical course and get a nice panoramic view of the surrounding area. It is worth a trip.

Blackberry Cemetery

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At the corner of Route 47 and Keslinger Road lies the Blackberry Cemetery. This is a tiny parcel of land on the northeast corner. The place is obviously old but does not have the panache of the Wheaton Cemetery and probably does not have many recent burials. Nevertheless it is a nice place to visit if you want to see some relatively old grave markers in the far western suburbs.

DuPage & Cook County Landscapes

The remainder of the day was filled with images taken in both DuPage County (near West Chicago, IL) and then later in downtown Wheaton where I captured the original DuPage County Courthouse. The old jail is gone now and in its place are luxury condominiums. And Finally a trip into the city to pick up Connie where I made several exposure of the busy intersections and buildings that surrounded them. The final few images are of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and the National Hellenic Museum.

Enjoy!