History

Hillcrest Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole private member-owned club in Batesville, Indiana.  The club provides family-oriented recreational and social facilities and activities while operating in a fiscally-responsible manner.

Over the years, beginning with thirty charter members in 1914 and a six-hole course, the club grew into a beautiful, exquisitely landscaped nine-hole course, correctly named “the best nine-hole in the Midwest” by GOLF magazine in 1984.  The construction of the latest nine-hole addition began in 1987.  The golf course was completely redesigned by Dr. Michael Hurdzan of Columbus, Ohio, who was awarded Golf World Magazine’s 1997 “Architect of the Year” award.  Holes 4, 5 and 6 represent the classic “links style” found on contemporary golf courses.  The back-nine holes are some of the most picturesque and challenging you will find in the Eastern United States.   With our numerous conventional and British “pot” style white sand bunkers, doglegs, rolling hills, tree-lined fairways with ornamental grass and a Grounds staff dedicated to keeping the course pristine, Hillcrest is one of the finest and most challenging golf courses in the Midwest.

Over the years, the membership has remained progressive in investing, debt-free, in the club facilities.  In addition to the course itself many other facility improvements were made, including the swimming pool, two lighted outdoor courts and a putting green.  The initial clubhouse, known as “Friederich’s Ruhe”, was built in 1893 and was the home of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Schrader and their children.  In 1989 the club opened a new clubhouse featuring a Main Dining Room, Bar, Heritage Dining Room and 19th Hole with bar, for casual and smaller functions.  The Main Dining Room and Bar lead out to a deck with a fire pit overlooking the 9th fairway.  The lower level of the clubhouse includes a spacious golf shop, full locker facilities and administrative offices.  In April 2016, the club opened a new Par 3 hole and full length practice range to supplement the existing short game area and practice putting green.  In May 2016, a new “snack shack”, including restrooms and locker facility, opened to service the swimming pool complex and outdoor courts.

From simple beginnings in 1914, Hillcrest has grown into a full-service facility focused on providing an exceptional private club experience for every member of the family and their guest.

Hillcrest Golf & Country Club Charter Members

Clarence H. Andres J. Frank Gauck T. Gregory Roell
George A. Baas Dr. C. W. Gibson Anton W. Romweber
William M. Barnhorst George M. Hillenbrand Dr. M. L Samms
George H. Beck J. A. Hillenbrand George Schebbler
Edward J. Blank William H. Hoskins E. B. Schultz
Harry Blank A. J. Lindenmeyer Harry Schwier
M. F. Bohland Donald McCallum D. Robertson Smith
Harry C. Canfield George J. Mehlon H. J. Timmerman
Archie Connelley Fred A. Ritter Walter B. Waggoner
Charles J. Doll Aloys M. Roeel Albert B. Wycoff