Established in 1908, Beverly Country Club is a private club located on the south side of Chicago that features an 18-hole golf course that was designed by Donald Ross. The club’s first golf professional, George O’Neil, worked with golf course architect Tom Bendelow on the original design of the course before Ross was asked to create a master plan to renovate the course and bring it back up to major championship standards.
In 2002, under guidance of golf course architect and restorer Ron Prichard, the course recaptured the design concepts which Ross promoted in his original work at Beverly Country Club. Over the years, Beverly has been the host of one U.S. Amateur (1931); one U.S. Senior Amateur (2009); one Western Junior (2011); four Western Opens (1910, 1963, 1967 and 1970); one Western Amateur (1930); three Women’s Western Opens (1937, 1960 and 1965); and the 1943 Chicago Victory National Open, a wartime substitute for the National Open. Beverly Country Club hosted the 2011 Western Golf Association (WGA) Western Junior, making it one of only a handful of clubs which hosted the full complement of the three WGA Golf Championships — the BMW Championship (formerly the Western Open), the Western Amateur and the Western Junior.
When asked for comments regarding Beverly Country Club, Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President, Tournaments, stated “It’s a phenomenal golf course, with some of the best par-4s in the Chicago area. I think it’s going to be a great test for some of the world’s best amateur players.”
Despite the fact that the course is laid out within a perfect rectangle, no two consecutive holes run in the same direction. A prominent ridge that runs from behind the fifth green eastward at Beverly Country Club, which had been part of the southern shore of prehistoric Lake Chicago, a forgotten body of water that deposited sand dunes along Beverly’s back nine.
The women’s course record at Beverly Country Club is 69 by Susie Maxwell. Previous holders of the record included LPGA legends Patty Berg and Babe Didrickson.
The course record is 64, set by Tom Weiskopf in 1967. Tommy Armour previously held the record with a 65.
One of the 25 founding member clubs of the Chicago District Golf Association, Beverly Country Club has a rich tradition of hosting professional and amateur tournaments whose winners include some of the greatest names in golf history. The club’s champions include Chick Evans, Francis Ouimet, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
1910 Western Open – Chick Evans
1933 U.S. Amateur – Francis Ouimet
1963 Western Open – Arnold Palmer
1967 Western Open – Jack Nicklaus
1970 Western Open – Hugh Royer