Medinah Country Club, Medinah 1

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6N001 Medinah Rd
Medinah, IL 60157-9668
(630) 773-1701
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The Medinah Country Club will play a little longer with the cooler weather settling in, but this should make for a Great Autumn Festival Celebration here in the US. I am sure the tournament will live up to its billing of the "Greatest Show in Golf." I am also sure the local fans will come out in droves to watch the celebrations. Then I will look forward to the HSBC outing here in Dongguan later next month. As we say here, "Grip it and Rip it", or "Just play to have Fun" Enjoy the games.

Course Details/History

  • Architect Name – Tom Bendelow/(R) Roger B. Packard/Roger G. Rulewich, ASGCA
  • Greens Grass Type – Bent Grass
  • Regulation Length Holes – 54

About This Course

Medinah Country Club was the brainchild of A.A. Mueller. In the early 1920's, he and his fellow Shriners were looking for a site to serve as their country retreat. They wanted land with character, rolling terrain and if at all possible, bountiful trees and an ample water supply. They found their ideal location in the western suburbs of Chicago for their 1,500 Shriner members.

The 640 acres that is now Medinah Country Club was purchased from Henry and James Lawrence and the Rosenwinkel families. The four founders who purchased the land were, Charles H. Canode, who would be the first Club president, Theodore R. Heman, Vice President, William S. Barbee, Secretary, and Frederick N. Peck, Treasurer.

The initial planning stages had Medinah being built on a grand scale. The amenities included two 18-hole courses for men, a nine-hole course for women, tennis courts, a stylish gatehouse, a baseball field, a gun club, a ski jump and toboggan slide. Bridal paths, a 250-year-old windmill imported from the Netherlands, a mammoth swimming pool, a service station, a grandiose 11,000-seat sports arena and amphitheater complex were also included. Finally, if that wasn't enough, a polo field was added. All of this was to revolve around the largest and most notable clubhouse in the world.

Today, while the polo field and toboggan run are long gone, Medinah still has three wonderful golf courses, four outdoor tennis courts, a skeet and trap facility and two swimming pools. Its trademark 106,000-square-foot, Byzantine-styled clubhouse dedicated in 1924 is still one of the most recognized sites in golf.

The championship Course No. 3, designed by Tom Bendelow, was carved out of an oak tree forest with rolling terrains. It opened in September, 1928. Course No. 3 is no stranger to major championships, or competitive golf; it has hosted three Western Opens (1939, 1962, 1966), three U.S. Opens, (1949, 1975, 1990) one U.S. Senior Open, (1988) and one PGA Championship, (1999). Medinah will again host the PGA Championship from Aug. 14-20, 2006. Then the eyes of the golf world will return to Medinah in 2012 when it plays host to the Ryder Cup matches.

After the 1999 PGA Championship, there was evidence the Course No. 3 needed to be refreshed. Renowned golf course architect Rees Jones was selected to do the modifications in 2002. From the championship tees, the course now plays at 7,508 yards with a rating of 78.1. One of the most significant changes to the golf course was the relocation of the 17th green back to Lake Kadajih's bank. Other changes included rebuilding six greens, re-grassing all the greens to a newer strand of bent grass, rebuilding 66 existing course bunkers, adding six new bunkers and installing a state-of-the-art irrigation system.

Other recent championship venues have drawn comparisons to Course No. 3 by the media and touring pros alike. They reference Course No. 3's challenge and its magnificent beauty. Medinah's grandeur of its clubhouse and oak trees provides the distinctiveness that is the Course No. 3 experience. Medinah is very proud of its charm and heritage and looks forward to, once again, welcoming the world in 2012 for the 39th Ryder Cup.

See how the course played at it’s last major championship, the 2006 PGA Championship won by Tiger Woods.

ParRatingSlopeYardage
Gold tee7172.91356,713
Silver tee7172.31336,591
White tee7170.61306,224
Front Nine
Hole123456789Out*
Gold tee5243911623373744062164586113479
Silver tee5163851563273674022034536053414
White tee4993701333053553941804345443214
Par54344434536
Back Nine
Hole101112131415161718In*
Gold tee4654154453163814271824101933234
Silver tee4624064413103794201744041813177
White tee4543864312973734031323901443010
Par54444434335
*Par value varies depending on tee boxes used.