Founded in 1923, Sunset Ridge Country Club is a private country club featuring an 18-hole golf course located in Northfield, Illinois. In 1925, one year after Sunset Ridge’s first round was played, the Club began its support of amateur golf by hosting The Big Ten Golf Championship with the University of Chicago defeating the University of Michigan.
Sunset Ridge was originally designed by Bill Diddel, a noted golf course architect and one of the founding members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. A protégé of the legendary Donald Ross and a mentor to Pete Dye, Diddel’s design at Sunset Ridge features several signature elements including fast greens with subtle contours that create beautiful and challenging putting surfaces.
The course was renovated in 2006 by Rick Jacobson, whose work at Sunset Ridge garnered acclaim from publications such as Golf Magazine. The magazine voted Sunset Ridge “No. 1 Private Course Renovation in the USA” that year.
Sunset Ridge Country Club now offers pickleball programs. Pickleball is a paddle sport that has surged in popularity over the past few years that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. The game is played on a court with a net similar to tennis, and players use paddles to hit a perforated ball over the net.