When we last saw Medinah Country Club and a Chicago golf major, Tiger Woods was dominating the field to capture the 2006 PGA Championship. His five stroke victory over Shaun Micheel was exceptionally impressive, especially on one of the most challenging courses on the Chicago golf scene.
Major tournament golf will once again return to Medinah for the 39th Ryder Cup, which will take place on September 25-30, 2012, marking the Illinois debut of golf’s most compelling team event.
Medinah Country Club has hosted three U.S. Opens (1949, 1975 and 1990) and two PGA Championships (1999, 2006); while also the site of the 1988 U.S. Senior Open and three Western Opens [now BMW Championship] (1939, ’62, ’66).
As part of its 2012 preparations, Medinah is nearing completion of a $1.5 million greens renovation project on Course No. 3, led by renowned course architect Rees Jones. Jones, who has overseen all of the architectural design changes to Medinah’s three golf courses since 2000, has moved the 15th green south, which has allowed the creation of a new back tee for Medinah’s famed No. 16 hole.
The major greens renovation took place on 11 of Course No. 3’s original 18 greens and its main putting green, which was rebuilt to USGA specifications. Course No. 3’s other six greens were re-grassed and the No. 15 green rebuilt.
This year, Medinah’s famed No. 3 Course is ranked No. 20 by Golf Digest among “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”, and 2nd highest among Chicago golf courses trailing only Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton. All three of Medinah’s 18-hole courses were designed by Tom Bendelow in 1928 and completed two years apart. Medinah County Club is expected to reopen the No. 3 Course on June 19, 2010.