Parks And Recreation

Parks And Recreation

Recreational opportunities are bountiful amongst the rolling hills of Bull Valley, which offers a multitude of activities to appeal to residents of every age. McHenry County has the highest number of horses per acre in the state of Illinois, and offers a large number of boarding stables and riding trails for the equine enthusiast. There are over 800 ponds and lakes within the county, 22 conservation districts and three state parks to enjoy hiking, riding, fishing, boating, and camping. Woodstock is also home to more than ten parks and lakes offering ball diamonds, swimming, tennis courts, ice skating, cross-country skiing and tobogganing. Golf courses abound, both public and private to challenge the ability of any golf enthusiast. For further information and contact phone numbers, please see the listing below.

Fitness Facilities

Private Golf Courses

The Sanctuary of Bull Valley is contiguous to the privately owned Bull Valley Golf Club, known throughout the Midwest for it’s challenging and scenic 18-hole golf course designed by Dick Nugent. The 7,325-yard, par 72 course blends seamlessly with the area’s natural terrain and challenges golfers of every ability. During the winter months the course is also open to cross country skiing.

An elegantly appointed, 37,000 square-foot clubhouse is a focal point of the Golf Club. Members are privileged to some of the finest cuisine in the county, enjoying year round dining to include both formal and informal settings, including access to private meeting and banquet rooms. Ongoing member events include golf tournaments, holiday parties and weekly buffets and brunches.

Membership Classifications include, Full, Junior, and Corporate Golf, as well as Family and Corporate Dining.

  • Boulder Ridge Country Club, 2 Spyglass Court, Lake in the Hills, 847-854-3007
  • Crystal Lake Country Club, 721 Club Road, Crystal Lake, 459-1237
  • McHenry Country Club, 820 North John Street, McHenry, 385-1072
  • Woodstock Country Club, 10310 Country Club Road, 338-2121

Public Golf Courses

  • Boone Creek, 6912 W. Mason Hill Road, McHenry, 455-6900
  • Chalet Hills Golf Club, 943 Rawson Bridge Road, Cary, 847-639-0666
  • Crystal Woods Golf Club, 5915 S. Route 47, Woodstock, 338-3111
  • Golf Club of Illinois, 1575 Edgewood, Algonquin, 847-658-4400
  • Oak Grove, 16914 Oak Grove Road, Harvard, 648-2550
  • Plum Tree National, 19511 Lembcke Road, Harvard, 943-7474
  • Prairie Isle, 2216 Route 176, Prairie Grove, 356-0202
  • Redtail Golf Club, 7900 Redtail Drive, Lakewood, 477-0055


  • Chain O’Lakes State Park, Spring Grove, 847-587-5512
  • McHenry County Conservation District, 338-6223
  • Moraine Hills State Park, McHenry, 385-1624
  • Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside, 344-1294

Recreational & Youth Organizations

  • American Youth Soccer Organization, 334-7007
  • Boy Scouts – Blackhawk Council, 397-0210
  • Girl Scouts – Sybaquay Council, 847-741-5521
  • McHenry Youth Orchestras & Children’s Choir, 356-6296
  • Woodstock Ballet Studio, 227 E. Calhoun Street, 338-5610
  • Woodstock Girls Softball, 337-2888
  • Woodstock Little League, 338-2170
  • Woodstock Recreation Department, 338-4363