One of the top public golf facilities in the country has a new management company that is well known to many in Chicago. Cantigny Golf recently announced that KemperSports has been selected to manage the 27-hole golf course in West Suburban Wheaton. Owned by the Cantigny Foundation, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundations, Cantigny Golf becomes the 16th KemperSports-managed property in Illinois.
Opened in 1989 and designed by Roger Packard, Cantigny Golf immediately received national acclaim after being recognized by Golf Digest as the Best New Public Course and as a top-25 public course in the country. In addition to the course, Cantigny Golf includes a full-service clubhouse with multiple dining options, golf shop, locker rooms, and private event meeting spaces with room for up to 180 guests. The course will host the 2014 Illinois State Amateur Championship this summer for the fourth time. In the recent past, Cantigny Golf has been host to the Chicago Open and the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
In addition to the course, Cantigny Golf offers one of the top practice facilities in the Chicago area. The property also features a comprehensive junior golf program and the Cantigny Youth Links, which is a 9-hole course specifically designed for golfers, ages 8 to 15. Additionally, Cantigny Golf is recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. KemperSports will be responsible for management of all golf and hospitality operations with current Cantigny staff in these areas becoming KemperSports staff.
Cantigny Golf has enjoyed a great deal of success over the years in encouraging the sport of golf among young adults. More than 1,200 youth are introduced to golf each year through Cantigny Youth Links and clinics. Since 1989, the Cantigny Golf caddie program has engaged more than 800 local students, with nine caddies selected as recipients of the prestigious Evans Scholarship. Through support of The First Tee of Greater Chicago, young people are provided character-building and life skills lessons for success as they learn golf. Cantigny is also the proud home course to five local high school and college golf teams.
Cantigny Golf is bordered to the north by Cantigny Park, home to the Robert R. McCormick Museum, the First Division Museum, formal gardens, and picnic and camping areas. Cantigny Park and Cantigny Golf rest upon 500 acres, once the estate of Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.