One of the Chicago area’s most iconic golf facilities, Medinah Country Club has approved a $3.6 million project to restore and renovate the club’s Course No. 2. The goal of the project will be to upgrade the infrastructure of the golf course with state-of-the-art USGA greens, new tees, new bunkers, bentgrass fairways and extensive storm drainage improvements while also keeping with the original aesthetic character of the design as created by legendary golf course architect Tom Bendelow.
Over the past seven years, Medinah Country Club has invested more than $14 million to upgrade its three golf courses – including the Rees Jones-renovated No. 3 championship course and Tom Doak’s renovation of Course One, which opened in June 2014. Course No. 2 opened in 1927 and has remained virtually untouched since then, except for regular maintenance, and remains a Bendelow original. When complete, the golf course will play from 4,800 to 6,400 yards, with varying tee options that are intended to enhance the family-friendly experience.
“Having three courses each with a different character offers our members and their guests three different golf experiences, and that’s what really separates Medinah from other country clubs,” said Medinah Country Club president Matt Lydon. “We have something for everyone. If you want to play a course that has hosted multiple major championships and a Ryder Cup, you can play No. 3. If you want a minimalist-style course that’s more of a members’ course, you can play Course One. And if you’re looking for a family-friendly experience on a classically-designed course, Course Two is a perfect option.”
“Most people don’t know what a special gem Course No. 2 is,” said Medinah’s Director of Golf Course Operations Curtis Tyrrell. “When we restore the design elements and upgrade the playing surfaces, it’s going to bring an exciting new dimension to the overall Medinah golf experience.”
Medinah Country Club has hosted three U.S. Opens (1949, 1975, 1990), two PGA Championships (1999, 2006), three Western Opens (1946, 1962, 1966). Most recently, the club hosted the 2012 Ryder Cup, where Europe achieved one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history by winning eight and tying one of the 12 singles matches on the final day to win the Cup. The European turnaround was nicknamed the “Miracle at Medinah“.