Mike & Amy Domek purchased the original 150 acres, and constructed a pavilion and sports activities area for intimate gatherings. They also created a vast network of trails throughout the property to walk, ride, snowshoe or run.
An additional 80 acres was purchased on the west end of the property. This additional parcel consists of where the ski/sled hill exists today.
The planting of trees and flowers began while golf course architect Harry Vignocchi began planning our 18 hole championship caliber golf course.
Construction of the golf course began with the digging of the lake the lodge sits atop. The lake is 70 feet deep and has two air fins cooler water pumps that pump water from the bottom of the lake to the top for circulation. It also keeps the water cooler, thus less algae. The entire golf course and vegetation is watered through an irrigation system from the lake. The lake is home to turtles, yellow perch, walleye, big mouth bass and trout.
The stone work around the lake was completed while the golf course greens and fairways matured. In September, the first round of golf was played at Bunker Hill.
The pond located by the waterfall was re-shaped and the island steps were added. 15,000 various trees, bushes & flowers were brought in and planted. Labor Day weekend, ground was broken for the Lodge.
Bunker Hill’s Grand Opening with Bret Michaels’ ceremonial swing on the first tee, followed by the first concert featuring Bret Michaels & Tesla.
Completion of the 7,300 square foot lodge, with the additional 7,000 square feet that is used as the terrace. The lodge has 5 bedrooms and sleeps 20. The limestone surrounding the lodge was brought in from Lannon, WI, Montana and Pennsylvania. The ski/sledding hill was also created.
The first Muddy Bunker Mud Run took place. Proceeds benefited Big Brothers and Big Sisters of McHenry County.
The first charitable concert took place, Rockin’ The Hill, Featuring Cheap Trick. More than $70,000 dollars was raised at this one night of amazing music. Proceeds benefited the United Way of McHenry County, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of McHenry County and St. Mary’s Catholic School.
October 2015 Bunker Hill Charities was founded.
An additional 250 acres was purchased, and walking and running trails were created throughout. The Muddy Bunker Part Deux capitalized on some of the new land with an extended course traversing through the 450 acres Bunker Hill Farms now spans across. Proceeds from this event benefited Family Health Partnership of McHenry County.
Muddy Bunker III brought an amazing new course to Bunker Hill Farms that was topped off with an obstacle over 30′ in the air over a live alligator pit. Randy Houser and STYX rocked the hill July 3rd with a spectacular show. These two amazing and growing events raised over 200K in donations to the amazing charities Bunker Hill Farms supports.
With the purchase of Bunker Hill North, located just across Bunker Hill Road, new construction projects began. The Spa Silo & Spa Garden were created by drawing inspiration from the former Binz Dairy Farm barn and silo. The unique architecture was designed with the idea of giving our guests ultimate relaxation. Ground was broken on a brand new combination Event Venue and luxury Guest Lofts.
Rockin’ the Hill 2017 brought a star studded line up! David Nail opened the evening for The Cadillac Three, followed by headlining hard rock supergroup Kings of Chaos who closed the show with an awesome mash-up of classic rock songs! Muddy Bunker IV hosted over 600 runners with some of the craziest obstacles seen to date, including a live python!
Construction on the Northside property of Bunker Hill Farms continued! We broke ground on a brand new six bedroom, eight bathroom Cottage. Additionally, 2018 marked the completion of our brand new Shooting Pavilion as well as our Event Venue & Guest Lofts. With a brand new event venue came all new events! Capable of hosting up to 150 guests and adorned in reclaimed barn wood the event venue was ready to host private parties, weddings, & our newly created Songwriters Concert!
Our first annual Songwriters Concert hosted Creative Nation: an incredibly talented group of writers and artists from Nashville, Tennessee. They shared the unique stories behind some of the nation’s top country songs as well as some of their newly written tunes. We hosted 200 guests at this perfectly intimate event for a cocktail hour in the Spa Garden and intimate concert experience in the Event Venue.
In addition to our numerous construction projects and brand new Songwriters concert, we hosted the annual Rockin’ the Hill concert and Muddy Bunker V. Rockin’ the Hill hosted 1,500 guests who enjoyed a line up of Hey Jimmy, Scott Stapp of Creed, and headliner Old Dominion! Muddy Bunker V hosted three whole days of ultra muddy fun despite some challenging weather patterns!
We hit the ground running with the completion of our brand new luxury Cottage project on the Northside of Bunker Hill Farms, fully finished in May 2019. Grey tones and natural light wash over every room in the Cottage including the meeting space, fitness center, six king ensuite guest rooms, and Chef’s kitchen. The completion of the project brought the grand total of guest rooms at Bunker Hill Farms to 13.
Rockin’ the Hill 2019 hosted one of the biggest rock legends ever: Steven Tyler & The Loving Mary Band. Openers Sam Llanas of the Bodines and The Cadillac Three rounded out the line up that gave 2,500 guests, our biggest crowd yet, the show of a lifetime (including a surprise laser finale that rivaled a Las Vegas production). The Muddy Bunker VI bought a brand new element to our annual tough mud run, an amazing after party for all of our guests! Our participants got messy then enjoyed a mimosa, all for charity! Our events in 2019 were rounded out by a two night Fall Songwriters Concert that welcomed back Marti Fredrikson and Rebecca Lynn Howard of the Loving Mary Band as well as Kylie Sackley and David Malloy for an intimate evening of acoustic music in our Bunker Hill North Event Venue. All in all, $518,000 was raised and granted in 2019!
2020 was truly a year that presented challenge after challenge around the world and across multiple industries. Challenges like these often create opportunities for growth and change. With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, we unfortunately had to postpone our annual summer events to 2021. That being said, it gave us the unexpected opportunity to pivot and capitalize on the amazing privacy that Bunker Hill Farms has to offer. We were able to begin hosting golf outings beginning in June and it began- the biggest rush of privately booked business that we have ever had! Although we were unable to host our larger events to raise the majority of our granted funds, we were still able to raise and grant $221,000 in 2020!