Butler National Golf Club
|Location||Oak Brook, Illinois,
|Tournaments hosted||Western Open
|Designed by||George & Tom Fazio|
|Length||7,523 yards (6,879 m)|
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.
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
- 1989 Mark McCumber - United States
- 1988 Jim Benepe - United States
- 1987 D. A. Weibring - United States
- 1986 Tom Kite - United States
- 1985 Scott Verplank - United States (amateur)
- 1984 Tom Watson - United States
- 1983 Mark McCumber - United States
- 1982 Tom Weiskopf - United States
- 1981 Ed Fiori - United States
- 1980 Scott Simpson - United States
- 1979 Larry Nelson - United States
- 1978 Andy Bean - United States
- 1977 Tom Watson - United States
- 1976 Al Geiberger - United States
- 1975 Hale Irwin - United States
- 1974 Tom Watson - United States
- 1987 Mike Small - University of Illinois
- 1986 Tom Stankowski - Arizona State University
- 1985 Jim Sorenson - Texas Christian University
- 1984 Trevor Dodds - Lamar University
- 1983 Jeff Combe - Oral Roberts University
- 1982 Jeff Combe - Oral Roberts University
- 1981 Chris Perry - Ohio State University
Butler National Golf Club is one of four all-male golf courses in the Chicago area. 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. 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.
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.
- "Four Chicago-Area Golf Courses Ban Women". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
- "Butler's all-male policy remains deal-breaker for majors". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
- 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.