About The South Shore Club

The South Shore Club is a private residence community of only 40 exquisite vacation homes built on a scenic 41 acre site along a thousand foot stretch of Geneva Lake’s south shore.  It is about a mile from the Fontana lakefront on the old Northwestern Military Academy grounds off of South Lakeshore Drive in Linn Township.  This private association takes the Geneva Lake vacation lifestyle to an entirely different level.

Just a short drive from Chicago and you can slip away to a carefree way of life. Phone calls come only from family and friendly neighbors. The few decisions requiring your attention is how many steaks to throw on the grill, whether to go fishing at dawn or to play an afternoon game of couples tennis. The rumble of hand-laid stones beneath your tires let’s you know you’ve reached the South Shore Club where the pace slows echoing simpler times.

The warm glow of summer on your skin, familiar autumn scents emerging from lively chimneys, cross country skiers whisking across a wintry promenade, and the active optimism of each new spring all reflect inviting seasonal tones for this year round escape. Your desire to relax the body and restore the mind doesn’t diminish over the winter months. Neither does the appeal of the South Shore Club on Geneva Lake.


With so many resort-styled amenities and specialized services you’ll find it somewhat challenging to leave this peaceful enclave.

  • Exquisitely landscaped grounds offering 1.5 miles of nature trails
  • Har-Tru clay tennis court
    Sport Core with Basketball and Pickle Ball
  • Custom designed, 4,000sf zero depth swimming pool and whirlpool with life guards
  • 5,000 sf terraced clubhouse. Full catering kitchen, Pool Table
  • Ping Pong, Golden Tee, Shuffle Board.
  • Lake swimming area with two floating rafts.
  • Private boat moorings and marina
  • A fleet of ten club boats and four wave runners
  • Docks available for Members own boats
  • On site Concierge, and dock staff
  • Chip and putt golf area set among towering oaks and maples
  • Finely manicured bocce ball
  • Children’s play park
  • Volleyball court
  • Sand pit for kids
  • Fire pit and grill area




Call upon the South Shore Club concierge to assist with planning intimate gatherings or entertaining on a grand scale. The luxurious 5,000 square foot clubhouse includes a professionally equipped kitchen withViking ranges and Sub Zero refrigerators to compliment any caterer servicing your parties. The custom-crafted English style pub and grand stone fireplace provide the perfect backdrop for large get-togethers or just kicking back with a few friends to catch the big games on the state-of-the-art projection TV.

The clubhouse overlooks a beautifully landscaped terraced patio and a breathtaking 4,000 square foot zero depth pool. Just steps away enjoy the “Cottage Ruins” barbeque and campfire pit.  Nearby, you may choose to take part in a leisurely game of bocce ball or volleyball. Perhaps you’ll indulge in evening strolls through the estate grounds and nature trails guided only by moonlight and brilliant stars. Keep a watchful eye and you may catch glimpses of resident fox, deer, and other neighboring wildlife sure to capture the hearts of guests of all ages.





All forty of the Club homes have discerning architectural standards which provide for the use of all natural materials lending time honored character to the South Shore Club home design. These include distinctive elements such as native stone, slate roofs, hand-trowel stucco, hand-hewn beams, and a variety of copper accents.

This extraordinary community recreates true old-world charm, reminiscent of a quaint historic village, marked by private grounds secluded amid majestic century old trees, stone bridges over bubbling creeks, and the soft flickering glow of vintage lampposts. The custom homes blend effortlessly among 41 serene acres offering a true respite from the outside world.

The lawns are maintained and the snow is plowed.  The South Shore Club doesn’t just give you a lakefront experience, it gives you that experience at a discount, and it allows the owner a much more convenient and leisurely weekend experience.




The boats are included, there is no need to buy, maintain, and depreciate your own. There are ten luxury boats to choose from, six Cobalt bowriders, two Cobalt pontoons, a Master Craftski boat, a fishing boat and four Yamaha Wave Runners.  Bring the family and friends together on the pristine shores of Geneva Lake and the Club dockstaff will ensure that your boat is ready and waiting at the exclusive South Shore Club marina. 

The lakefront marina allows each owner to use any one of the fleet of boats that are owned by the Club at his or her own discretion.  Just reserve your boat online or by calling the dock and it will ready for you cleaned, fueled and ready to go.  You can also have your skis, tube and other water sports gear waiting for you in the boat of your choice.  Pick up any life jackets you need at the dock and jump on one of the four wave runners, or if you want to take it easy try one of the paddle boards or kayaks.
When you are done playing just let the dock staff take over from where you left off worry free.

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