Behind the Course: Nickol Knoll
Located in Northwest Arlington Heights, Nickol Knoll was built in the mid-90s and was immediately mentioned among the best par 3 courses in all of Chicagoland. Large bent grass tees and greens give this fun layout a big course feel. Several shots from elevated tees provide a beautiful view of the area. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, you’ll find Nickol Knoll a challenging and enjoyable course to play.
In preparation for many of Walter’s thirteen hall of fame seasons he trained at what is now dubbed “Payton’s Hill.” The hill, previously a part of the Arlington Heights land fill that the golf course replaced, often forced Walter to dodge trash and small tree and shrub growth on his way up and down the hill. Payton’s Hill, now a part of Nickol Knoll golf club, was dedicated in 2000 by the Park District to honor Walter and his accomplishments.
While some of Walter’s records have been broken, including the NFL career rushing record by Emmitt Smith and the single game rushing record multiple times, Walter is still considered one of the best running backs of all time and will have his place in the hearts of Bear fans!