Constantly Growing And Changing Since The 1970's
In the early 1970s, Granger was an undeveloped rural area known for its family farms where you could buy fresh corn in the summer and delicious apples in the fall. A one-room schoolhouse once stood where University Park Mall is now located. Adams Road was a country lane few people traveled. This was farm country, a world removed from the city of South Bend. But that all changed in 1976 with the opening of a new subdivision called Knollwood.
Knollwood was principally the creation of two men, David Eckrich and Ernie Shrock. They broke ground on the golf course on April 16, 1975. Schrock was mainly involved in building the golf course while Eckrich handled the marketing and management of the development.
On June 23, 1976, the golf course opened, and the first Knollwood Invitational was held shortly thereafter. In addition, a small clubhouse, outdoor swimming pools and six lighted tennis courts were also opened in June of 1976. The dream had become a reality as the public flocked to the rolling hills of Knollwood, anxious to become homeowners in the new subdivision.
By 1978, most of the 350 home sites were sold. Dave Eckrich and Ernie Schrock decided to stay with Knollwood and expand the development to the west since there was a demand for more home lots. At this time, Eckrich and Schrock bought out their partners in the Greenway Corporation and together formed the Knollwood Corporation. Their intention was to build another nine holes of golf together with an additional 250 home sites.
With the expansion of the residential area of Knollwood, it became necessary to expand the recreational facilities and the clubhouse in 1978 and 1979. Then, in the spring of 1980, the new nine-hole golf course in Knollwood West opened, making it a 27-hole golf course.
By the early 1980’s, it was decided to expand Knollwood to the east by adding an additional nine holes of golf and a new subdivision to be known as Quail Ridge with an additional 390 home sites. This gave Knollwood Country Club two 18-hole golf courses.
In 1983, the Knollwood Corporation decided to sell the country club to the Invitedoration of America (CCA) for $2.3 million. The Knollwood Corporation then became the Adams Road Development. Its goal was to develop the final nine holes of golf as well as the residential areas surrounding these golf holes: Quail Ridge North, Quail Ridge South and Knollwood Park Villas.