Welcome to Dunham Woods Riding Club
Here at Dunham Woods Riding Club, we pride ourselves on the high quality of our club, the striking country views and outstanding services offered to our valued guests. We have worked hard over the years to become a vital part of the community, and in the process, we have earned recognition as one of the premier private clubs in the region.
The history of Dunham Woods Riding Club began when our building was constructed in 1836 by Solomon Dunham, who with his wife and six children, drove in a covered wagon from New York to find a home in the newly opened lands of Illinois.
The French chateaux styled Dunham "Castle" across the road was built by Mark Dunham who was internationally known as an importer and breeder of French coach and Percheron horses. The size of his farm was 2,000 acres with visits from guests such as Cyrus McCormick, George Pullman, Daniel Burnham and Marshall Fields.
The Club was founded in 1934 by a group of residents of both Wayne and Geneva, Illinois who leased the original Dunham brick home known as the “Inn.” Joy Morton, of Morton Salt fame, was one of the early presidents of Dunham Woods Riding Club.
The Wayne-DuPage Hunt purchased additional land, kennels, and upper barn in the name of Dunham Woods Riding Club. This purchase increased the size of the club to 43 acres, and remains this large today.
The four corners comprising the intersection of Army Trail Road and Dunham Road, including the “Castle” and Dunham Woods Riding Club, were accepted and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In honor of our club’s 20th president, Corwith Hamil, a newly constructed multi-purpose building was named “Corky’s.” This beautiful lodge-styled space serves our paddle courts and is a new special events amenity for our members.
Attention To Detail
Our private club has been hosting wedding receptions for over 75 years and our experienced staff is ready to help you plan everything, ensuring that every detail is perfect for your special day.
Intimate & Beautiful
With space to accommodate up to 150 guests, our place is yours. Your wedding, our beautiful backdrop; with only one wedding a day, our focus is entirely on you.
Unique & Beautiful
With endless locations, the choice is yours. An outdoor celebration under our beautiful canopy of trees, our intimate balcony, or our dramatic dining room can all serve as the perfect setting.
You will work with our outstanding food and beverage staff to create the menu you have always dreamed of, with our historic setting as a backdrop.
Sports & Recreation
Dunham Woods Riding Club has five beautiful clay courts, a viewing area, and a pro shop. Our head pro and staff organize recreational and competitive events for all levels of play. Several of our high school players have qualified for State tennis competitions.
Our twenty five yard pool is the place to relax and enjoy a cool drink in the summer. Majestic Oak trees surround the pool area and families can enjoy lunch on the patio or the children can visit the snack bar or playground. Lifeguards and swim instructors are present at all times.
With our newly resurfaced paddle courts and Corky’s Clubhouse, Dunham is the place to join men’s or women’s leagues or simply reserve open times with friends. The courts have lighting for night play & heaters to melt any winter snow. Our pro is available for private lessons or drills.
All of our sports & recreation activities are designed for juniors as well as adults. Our racquet sports professional takes great pride in teaching juniors at all levels of play in a relaxed but structured atmosphere. The pool staff provides lessons and coaches the swim team. There is also a day camp program in the summer.
Our club maintains a special reciprocity agreement with the Geneva Golf Club located in the heart of Geneva. The nine-hole course is challenging & beautifully
maintained with multiple tee boxes to accommodate every level of play. You can walk the course, use pull carts, or rent motorized carts for a fee.
Wayne Equestrian Center
The center is a separate organization that provides riding, hunting, and jumping lessons, boarding and horse sales, all on the club property. There are both indoor and outdoor rings and programs designed for all ages. Special rates are available for the members of Dunham Woods.
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33W333 Army Trail Road Wayne, IL 60184