Harold Larson remembers buying his current home, forty-five years ago, like it was yesterday.
It was time for his family to expand so they made the move from Lombard to a new golf course community he had joined in Naperville.
“It wasn’t perfect, it wouldn’t of been what I would of designed myself, but it was good enough and it was better than what I had and I remember making the statement to myself ‘it’s good enough and we can live here for the rest of our lives,’” said Larson.
Today, Larson still lives in that same home and is the only original club member still at Cress Creek, which is celebrating 50 years in July.
Back in 1963, Harold Moser, who is credited with building over a third of the homes in the city at that time, saw a market for a golf course built into a subdivision, because there wasn’t anything else like it in the area.
“In the 1960’s, the early 1960s, Naperville had established itself as a suburb community of Chicago and so even though the people worked in Chicago, they worked and played out here,” said Bryan Ogg, Curator of Research for Naper Settlement. “So the golf course amenity would be a big plus to anyone wanting to live out here in Naperville.”
Despite the distance from downtown Chicago, parents felt Naperville, and Cress Creek, were a good spot to raise their children in the all-inclusive neighborhood; children who have since grown up and continue to live there with their own kids.
“There’s a number of families here that have raised, we have seen two generations of families that have come up through Cress Creek,” said Wally Hynes, General Manager at Cress Creek Country Club. “Mom and dad may have come here in the 60s and 70s and those kids have since raised their kids here so it’s a special place from the stand point of it being a family club.”
After 25 years of ownership, Moser sold the club to the members in 1988 who have continued the family atmosphere ever since.
In honor of the milestone, the club hopes to get the entire Cress Creek family together again in August when they hold a golf day and social for all members past and present.
If you, or someone you know are a past member of the club, visit cresscreekcc.com for more information about the celebration.
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