The 2013 BMW Championship could be returning to Chicago, at the home course of the world’s top player. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the 2013 BMW Championship will be contested at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. Conway Farms’ most familiar member is Northwestern alum Luke Donald, who campaigned heavily on behalf of the course.
The BMW Championship has been held four of its previous five times at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont. Cog Hill was eliminated from tournament contention after a 2008 Rees Jones renovation of the Dubsdread course was not well received by the PGA Tour players. Multiple players, including Donald, denigrated the Cog Hill course and openly campaigned for their preferred locations.
According to the Tribune, the 2013 BMW Championship will be considered an audition for hosting future events. If tournament officials deem the 2013 event a success, The 2015 BMW Championship could be played at the private Lake Forest facility.
The 2012 BMW Championship will be played at Crooked Stick outside Indianapolis and the 2014 event will be staged at Cherry Hills, which is located outside Denver. The 2012 Ryder Cup will be the only major Chicago golf event featuring PGA Tour players this year.
Conway Farms Golf Club was designed by Tom Fazio and opened for play in 1991. The course was designed around the traditions of Scottish links golf and strongly adheres to golf tradition such as limited use of golf carts.
Conway Farms Golf Club
425 S. Conway Farms Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045