Medinah Country Club

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Medinah Country Club
Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois.jpg
The clubhouse and putting green (2008)
Club information
Location Medinah, Illinois, U.S.
Established 1924
Type Private
Total holes 54
Tournaments hosted Ryder Cup: (2012)
PGA Championship:
(1999, 2006)
U.S. Open:
(1949, 1975, 1990)
U.S. Senior Open: (1988)
Western Open:
(1939, 1962, 1966)
Website www.medinahcc.org
Golf Course 1
Designed by Tom Bendelow
Par 71[1]
Length 6,713 yards (6,138 m)[2]
Course rating 73.2
Slope rating 134[3]
Golf Course 2
Designed by Tom Bendelow
Par 72[4]
Length 6,210 yards (5,678 m)[5]
Course rating 70.1
Slope rating 126[6]
Golf Course 3
Designed by Tom Bendelow [7]
Par 72[8]
Length 7,657 yards (7,002 m)[9]
Course rating 78.3
Slope rating 152[10]
Club Logo
Club Logo

Medinah Country Club is a private country club in Medinah, Illinois, with nearly 600 members and 640 acres (260 ha) containing three golf courses, Lake Kadijah, swimming facilities and a Byzantine-style, mosque-evoking clubhouse with Oriental, Louis XIV and Italian architectural aspects. Medinah is widely known for its Course 3, now at 7,657 yards (7,002 m),[9] which has hosted five major championships: three U.S. Opens (1949, 1975, 1990) and two PGA Championships (1999, 2006), as well as the Ryder Cup in 2012.

Early history[edit]

The club was founded in 1924 by the Medinah Shriners (named after an Arabian city) and by the late 1920s had approximately 1,500 golfing and social members. The Great Depression brought severe financial hardship and many members left. The club responded by waiving initiation fees, lowering dues, holding fundraising events and (significantly) hosting professional golf tournaments. Eventually, non-Shriners were allowed to apply for membership. World War II exacerbated the club's financial woes and membership fell far below capacity. Course 2 was closed and members helped with upkeep on the two remaining courses. During the post war era Medinah entered a period of gradual recovery and membership growth.

Golf[edit]

The 2nd hole is 191 yards (175 m).
The 13th hole is 244 yards (223 m).
The 17th hole is 197 yards (180 m).

Course 3[edit]

Medinah has three golf courses in a 54-hole complex. Many noted golf professionals have played Course 3, beginning with "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper at the Medinah Open in 1930. Other noted players include Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Cary Middlecoff, Billy Casper, Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Tiger Woods. Tommy Armour, winner of multiple major championships and the namesake of a well-known golfing equipment brand, was Medinah's head pro for many years. Course 3 hosted the Western Open three times in 1939, 1962, and 1966; it was one of the largest non-major tournaments on the early tour.

Medinah's courses were originally designed by Tom Bendelow. Noted American golf course designer A.W. Tillinghast played a major role in the design changes to Course 3 in the 1930s. In the 1930 Medinah Open, Lighthorse Harry played the course with a 63 (the lowest score ever shot on the course) in the second round. The junior course record of 68 is jointly held by Russell Katz and Kenny Wittenberg. Medinah's board approved a redesign of the course, subject to the availability of funds and the return of adjacent land to the club by Medinah's four founders. The major redesign was followed by several more changes. Roger Packard's 1986 redesign in preparation for the U.S. Open brought substantial changes and was followed by Rees Jones' work in preparation for the 2006 PGA Championship, which extended Course 3 to 7,561 yards (6,914 m), at the time, the longest golf course in major championship history. Furthermore, Medinah Country Club is noted for the three waterfront par three holes in numbers 2, 13, and 17.

Tiger Woods[edit]

Woods' appearances at Medinah have enhanced the club's international reputation. His first win at the course was the 1999 PGA Championship, which brought him much media attention. During the late afternoon of the final round, Sergio García hit a shot on the 16th hole that seemed to have at least earned the 19-year-old a playoff, but Woods maintained his focus before a raucous crowd and preserved a one-stroke win. In 2006 Woods won by five strokes and became the first to win the PGA Championship twice on the same course. In recognition of this achievement Woods was made a member of the club.

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

All held on Course 3:

2006 PGA Championship.svg
Year Tournament Winner Margin
of victory
Winner's
share ($)
Par Course length
1949 U.S. Open United States Cary Middlecoff 1 stroke 2,000 71 6,981 yd (6,383 m)
1975 U.S. Open United States Lou Graham 2 strokes (90) 40,000 71 7,032 yd (6,430 m)
1988 U.S. Senior Open South Africa Gary Player 2 strokes (90) 65,000 72 6,881 yd (6,292 m)
1990 U.S. Open United States Hale Irwin 91 Holes 220,000 72 7,195 yd (6,579 m)
1999 PGA Championship United States Tiger Woods 1 stroke 630,000 72 7,401 yd (6,767 m)
2006 PGA Championship United States Tiger Woods 5 strokes 1,224,000 72 7,561 yd (6,914 m)
2012 Ryder Cup United StatesEuropean Union European UnionTeam Europe 0 72 7,657 yd (7,002 m)
  • Bolded years are major championships on the PGA Tour.
  • (90) denotes the winning margin after a playoff of 18 holes.
  • 91 Holes denotes a sudden-death playoff was used after the score was tied following the 18-hole playoff.

2012 Ryder Cup[edit]

RyderCup2012Logo.svg

Medinah hosted the Ryder Cup in 2012, its first time in the state of Illinois, and the first U.S. venue outside the eastern time zone since 1971. The full tournament took place between September 25th - 30th (including pre-match competitions, press conferences and media activities), with the main competition taking place from September 28-30 on Course 3.

Scorecard[edit]

Medinah Country Club - Course 3 [9]
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold 78.3 / 152 433 192 412 463 536 509 617 201 432 3765 578 440 476 245 609 390 482 193 449 3862 7657
Silver 75.3 / 147 383 172 386 432 503 454 585 177 415 3507 567 389 463 189 550 331 434 156 421 3500 7007
White 73.6 / 142 357 151 365 401 488 432 571 153 397 3315 555 374 452 151 531 308 413 132 398 3314 6629
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 36 5 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap 13 15 11 3 9 7 1 17 5 2 12 8 16 4 14 6 18 10

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Coordinates: 41°57′58″N 88°02′53″W / 41.966°N 88.048°W / 41.966; -88.048