Glen View Club

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The Glen View Club is a private country club in Golf, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago. It is one of the many prestigious golf clubs in the Midwest.

History[edit]

The club was founded on March 29, 1897 as the Glen View Golf and Polo Club by a group of Chicago businessmen, and a few years later the name was shortened to simply the Glen View Club. The club was situated so as to be close to a commuter railroad from Chicago, and the village of Golf, Illinois, got its name from the simple sign – "Golf" – that directed riders from the makeshift station to the Club. The original club house was destroyed by fire in the 1920s and the current club house was built on the same site at that time. The 200-acre (0.81 km2) grounds are on an unusually hilly part of northern Illinois, a site which is excellent for golf.

Activities[edit]

The club features a 6,948 yard 18-hole course from the men's longest tees and carries a rating of 74 and a slope of 142. The course is the second-oldest 18-hole course in the Chicago area after Chicago Golf Club. Richard Leslie, the first head professional, who consulted with Herbert J. Tweedie on the design,[1] is credited with the original layout of the golf course, and in 1922 the course was redesigned by William S. Flynn, who also designed Shinnecock Hills in New York and other famous courses. Areas of the golf course were again redesigned in 1999 by architect David Esler, who specializes in William S. Flynn courses.

The Glen View Club was the home club of the legendary Chick Evans, the well-known golfer in the early 20th century and the namesake of the Evans Scholars Program.

The course has hosted several major tournaments, including the inaugural Western Open in 1899, the U.S. Amateur in 1902, and the 1904 U.S. Open. Annual member events include a member-member tournament called the "Royal and Ancient," and a member-guest tournament called "Twa Days."

The club also has excellent facilities for paddle tennis, tennis, and skeet and trap shooting, and swimming.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brief History of Glen View Club". glenviewclub.com. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 

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Coordinates: 42°03′33″N 87°46′52″W / 42.059075°N 87.781041°W / 42.059075; -87.781041