Butler National Golf Club

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Butler National Golf Club
Club information
Coordinates 41°50′26″N 87°56′00″W / 41.8405°N 87.9333°W / 41.8405; -87.9333Coordinates: 41°50′26″N 87°56′00″W / 41.8405°N 87.9333°W / 41.8405; -87.9333
Location Oak Brook, Illinois,
United States United States
Established 1972
Type private
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted Western Open
Designed by George & Tom Fazio
Par 71
Length 7,523 yards (6,879 m)
Course rating 78.1
Slope rating 152

Butler National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Oak Brook, Illinois.


Butler National was the creation of Paul Butler, an affluent entrepreneur, philanthropist, and sportsman who was the founder of the village of Oak Brook, Illinois.

In 1972, renowned golf course architect George Fazio designed Butler on what was previously York Country Club. It was built and seeded in the relatively short span of two years, and the construction was completed under the supervision of Fazio's nephew Tom Fazio, an internationally acclaimed architect in his own right.

This club was home to the PGA Tour's Western Open from 1974-1990. The course policy of not allowing female members caused the club to lose the Western Open.[1]

In May 2007, Golf Digest rated Butler 21st of "America's 100 Greatest Courses."


Butler National is a relatively flat, tree-lined course, requiring solid golf shots to shoot a good score. The Fazio design is penal and rewards successful positioning and shot shaping. A right to left ball flight is preferable as there are more dog leg lefts than rights. Water hazards will frequently come into play as do the deep faced bunkers. There are approximately 40 sand bunkers.

The Butler (back) tees play 7,523 yards (6,879 m), with a course rating of 78.1 and slope rating of 152.

In the fall of 2004, all of the greens were converted to an A-1 Bent grass and the sand to tour grade signature. The greens are fast, but the difficulty comes in reading the greens as they are very subtle.


Centel Western Open

Beatrice Western Open

Western Open


Membership Policy[edit]

Butler National Golf Club is one of four all-male golf courses in the Chicago area.[2] Butler’s lack of urgency to change their rules on female members has hindered their shot at hosting the Open. Butler has not hosted a PGA or USGA tournament in twenty years due to their admissions policy. [3]Because Butler has not complied and changed their exclusive membership practices, the club has dropped out as hosts of national championship tournaments and tour events.[4]

Not only are women banned from being members of the club, but they are also prohibited from being guests or even entering the clubhouse. Women are not allowed anywhere on the property.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Four Chicago-Area Golf Courses Ban Women". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Butler's all-male policy remains deal-breaker for majors". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  4. ^ Diaz, Jaime (1991-08-05). "GOLF; In Golf, Integration Is More Than 9-Iron Away". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 

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