Olympia Fields Country Club
Clubhouse in 2015
|Location||Olympia Fields, Illinois|
|Established||1915, 104 years ago|
|Tournaments hosted||U.S Open (1928, 2003)|
U.S. Senior Open (1997)
U.S. Amateur (2015)
Women's PGA (2017)
Western Open (5)
|Designed by||Willie Park, Jnr.|
|Length||7,343 yards (6,714 m)|
|Slope rating||150 |
|Designed by||Tom Bendelow|
|Length||7,106 yards (6,498 m)|
|Slope rating||146 |
Olympia Fields Country Club
|Nearest city||Olympia Fields, Illinois|
|Architect||Bendelow, Thomas M.; Nimmons, George Croll, et al.|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival|
|NRHP reference #||01000082|
|Added to NRHP||February 9, 2001|
It contains two eighteen-hole courses, North and South. The North Course is considered one of the top three courses in the Chicago area, and is generally ranked in the top 50 courses in the United States. The South Course is regularly ranked in the top ten in Illinois. Olympia Fields is one of the few private clubs in the U.S. with multiple courses ranked, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The club was founded 104 years ago in 1915. The North Course was designed by two-time British Open champion Willie Park, Jnr, and was lengthened prior to hosting the U.S. Open in 2003. It features some significant elevation changes, a meandering creek and hundreds of native oak trees. At one time it was one of four courses at the club, but after the club fell into financial difficulties during World War II, it was forced to sell off half of its land. Course No. 4 became the North Course, and the remaining holes from the other three courses were reconfigured to make the South Course.
Olympia Fields has hosted four major championships: two U.S. Opens (1928, 2003) and two PGA Championships (1925, 1961). It has also been the site of the U.S. Senior Open (1997) and the U.S. Amateur (2015); the Women's PGA Championship is scheduled for mid-2017. In addition, the Western Open on the PGA Tour was played at the club five times.
Olympia Fields is famous for its enormous clubhouse, which was finished in 1925 at a cost of $1.3 million. It is a half-timbered English Tudor-style building with an 80-foot-high (24 m), four-faced clock tower that has become the trademark of the club. The western boundary of the property is bordered by a commuter rail line, Metra Electric District, and its Olympia Fields station is just west of the clubhouse; the line was previously the Illinois Central Railroad.
In 2005, the club began a $9.5 million renovation project to improve the practice facilities, revamp some of the bunkers, and make other improvements.
Includes amateur and professional major championships
|1925||PGA Championship||Walter Hagen||6 & 5||500|
|1928||U.S. Open||Johnny Farrell [nb 1]||294 (+10)||500|
|1961||PGA Championship||Jerry Barber [nb 2]||277 (–3)||11,000|
|1997||U.S. Senior Open||Graham Marsh||280 (E)||232,500|
|2003||U.S. Open||Jim Furyk||272 (–8)||1,080,000|
|2015||U.S. Amateur||Bryson Dechambeau||7 & 6||n/a|
|2017||Women's PGA Championship||Danielle Kang||271 (–13)||525,000|
- Bolded years are major championships on the PGA Tour.
- The PGA Championship was match play until 1958
The Western Open was historically an important event in golf, a near-major.
|1920||Western Open||Jock Hutchison||296|||
|1927||Western Open||Walter Hagen||281|||
|1933||Western Open||Macdonald Smith||282||500|||
|1968||Western Open||Jack Nicklaus||273 (–11)||26,000|||
|1971||Western Open||Bruce Crampton||279 (–5)||30,000|||
|Black||75.0 / 146||459||482||182||543||243||375||566||409||440||3699||500||345||212||415||150||430||365||460||530||3407||7106|
|Blue||73.8 / 144||433||420||171||524||210||361||566||409||440||3534||500||331||200||395||150||430||365||440||530||3341||6875|
|White||72.0 / 139||396||403||152||517||183||337||540||390||400||3318||478||331||170||380||135||382||342||411||503||3132||6450|
|Green||70.0 / 134||375||380||139||488||158||310||517||379||371||3117||448||288||150||348||135||342||307||402||470||2890||6007|
- "Scorecard: North Course". Olympia Fields Country Club. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- "Olympia Fields Country Club, North". USGA. Course Rating and Slope Database™. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Olympia Fields Country Club, South". USGA. Course Rating and Slope Database™. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
- "Olympia Fields Country Club (North)". Golf Digest. January 4, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
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- Husar, John (July 14, 1971). "Western Open just another golf tournament". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- Davis, Joe (August 6, 1920). "Hutchinson wins Western title by one stroke". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 10.
- Rohm, Harland (September 11, 1927). "Hagen scores 281 to capture Western Open". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
- "Hagen again wins Western Open championship". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. September 11, 1927. p. 25.
- Bartlett, Charles (August 28, 1933). "Mac Smith wins Western Open by 6 strokes". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 21.
- "Western Crown for Mac Smith". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 28, 1933. p. 7.
- Husar, John (August 5, 1968). "Nicklaus 273 takes Western Open". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- Husar, John (July 19, 1971). "'Can't Lose' Crampton wins Western". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- "Scorecard: South Course". Olympia Fields Country Club. Retrieved May 11, 2013.