One of the five founding clubs of the United States Golf Association in 1894, Chicago was also the site of the nation's first 18-hole course and the first to host the U.S. Open outside of the northeast. With only 107 members and a steeplechase worth of hurdles to clear in order to get in, it's one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, so it's no wonder that little has changed there in 100 years. Driving up to the colonnaded white clubhouse, you half expect to see a horse buggy come 'round the bend.
The club's founder and designer, Charles Blair MacDonald, won the first official U.S. Amateur Championship in 1895. The old, links-style course features wide fairways and large greens. The terrain is fairly hilly, so uneven lies are common.
Joe Lloyd won the 1897 U.S. Open at Chicago, Harry Vardon in 1900 and John McDermott in 1911.
Design - Golf Course at Chicago Golf Club
Year Built: original 1894, rework 1922
Designer: original by Charles Macdonald, ’22 rework by Macdonald & Seth Raynor