Rolling Knolls

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Visiting Rolling Knolls

The 55-acre Rolling Knolls site was acquired by the Forest Preserves of Cook County in 2010, and was envisioned as a space for year-round outdoor recreation. The construction of the professional-level disc golf course came from a recommendation from the Forest Preserves’ 2013 Recreation Master Plan.


Rolling Knolls

Rohrssen Rd, south of Bode Rd
Elgin, IL 60120 (map)



Nature Highlights

Meandering along the southern edge of Rolling Knolls is Poplar Creek, a Fox River tributary. The creek connects Rolling Knolls to the much larger Arthur L. Janura preserves to the east, and provides a corridor for wildlife to travel between natural areas as well as native seeds to disperse throughout the landscape.
Rolling Knoll’s section of Poplar Creek also harbors a seep, which is an area where cool, clean groundwater meets the soil surface. The water flowing at the seep contains minerals dissolved while streaming through calcium-rich soil. The water is also insulated from fluctuating surface temperatures, remaining cool in the summer and above freezing throughout winter. This creates a microclimate that sustains unique native vegetation such as Skunk Cabbage, Mash Marigold and Great Angelica.



Indoor Event Rentals

The Rolling Knolls Pavilion features a large meeting/event space that can accommodate up to 80 guests, as well as a smaller room for meetings that seat up to 20 guests. Both rooms have easy access to the outdoor patio area on the ground level, offering a beautiful view.


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LEED Building Information

The LEED Platinum-certified Rolling Knolls Pavilion was designed using maximal sustainable design standards. A portion of the original clubhouse was incorporated in the design, reducing the need for new materials as well as connecting the new building to the site’s history in the community.
Through a combination of strategies below, the building uses 50% less energy than a comparable building. When considering the renewable energy systems, this facility will ultimately use 70% less energy than a comparable building.

  • Rooftop Solar Panels
  • Geothermal Heat Exchange
  • High-Performance Insulation
  • High-Efficiency Windows
  • LED Lighting and Controls
  • Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC System


  • Stormwater Management
  • Landscaping with Native Species
  • Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
  • Off-Grid Well and Septic System

Additionally, construction material was sustainably sourced in a number of different ways. Materials were selected for their durability, recycled content, proximity to the site, and their ability to be sustainably salvaged for future use.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County