Since 1977, this property has been operated as Hawthorn Ridge; a public 18-hole, par 72 golf course. It is well-kept, and ready for many more seasons to come, under new ownership. However, this land and facilities has many possibilities. Let your imagination go to work on this property, as you look over the photos, watch the video, and then tour the grounds. This place is gorgeous, and could be a world-class equestrian farm; a housing development; a huge campground with nightly and seasonal lot rentals; or a good quality mixed tillable and recreational farm. The club house is newly renovated and well-cared for, and includes an office, men’s and women’s restrooms, a kitchenette/food service area, and a dining/meeting room with space for 50 people. This building could possibly be converted into a residence, or made into a retail outlet or office building for a new or existing business in central Mercer County. With excellent road frontage on Highway 94, and located just two miles south of Aledo, IL, the location and visibility is excellent. Rated a 4-Star facility by Golf Digest, Hawthorn Ridge is regarded by many as one of the best public golf courses in the greater Quad City Area. It has a history of prestige and excellence, and that legacy could be continued on as a golf course, or by a new venture taking its’ place. You decide…
A large equipment building, and a separate heated shop building, are located near the south boundary, adjacent to a dead-end township road. The north and western sections are mostly open and gently sloping, and could be converted to other uses, such as livestock pasture, hay production, or tillable acres. An estimated 80+ acres (possibly more) could be converted into tillable land with fairly minimal tree clearing and dirt work. In the southern and eastern parts of the property, there are rolling hills, long straightaways, beautiful mature red and white oak timber, hidden openings perfectly suited for food plots, and several of the eight (8) ponds scattered throughout. With views overlooking Pope Creek, this could be an incredible place to build a home or getaway cabin, and enjoy watching deer, turkeys and other wildlife. This area is known to produce giant whitetails, and the property borders some other sizable pieces of quality habitat. Migrating ducks and geese frequent the grounds. And strutting turkeys are a regular sight in the spring.
The quality of wildlife habitat this property offers presently more than adequate. But, by converting cool season grasses, to native tall warm season grasses, and installing some food plots, you could make this a world-class hunting farm. The fact that it borders legendary Pope Creek, should make it no surprise that big sheds could be found here. With a few minor tweaks to the landscape, and some pond stocking and management, this property could become one of the best multi-use recreational farms to have hit the market in a long while! In a word, what this property offers most of is “opportunity”. Reach out for more information, or to schedule a private tour, today.