By the Turn
of the Century, the people of Elgin were swept up by the game of
golf. Their only handicap was a suitable place to partake of their new pastime.
There was a crude golf course behind the city's mental asylum, but it lacked
putting greens, tin cups replaced holes and rather than sand traps or water
hazards, golfers had to aim around grazing sheep and cattle.
H. Wing died in 1902, a portion of the one hundred and ten acres that he bequeathed the
city would be used for a public park, that would include tennis courts, a
Gentlemen's Driving Club and Wing Park Golf Club, the
first municipal golf course in the State of Illinois.