About Medinah Country Club:
Course Photos: Front Nine | Back Nine
Address: 6N001 Medinah Road, Medinah, Ill., 60157
Phone: (630) 773-1700
When the Courses Opened:
• No. 1: Opened in 1925; original architect, Tom Bendelow
• No. 2: Opened in 1926; original architect, Tom Bendelow
• No. 3: Opened in 1928; original architect, Tom Bendelow (numerous other architects have worked on redesigns of No. 3 over the years)
Yardages and Ratings:
• No. 1: 6,713 yards; 135 slope; 72.9 course rating
• No. 2: 6,210 yards; 122 slope; 69.7 course rating
• No. 3: 7,657 yards; 152 slope; 78.3 rating
Major Events Hosted:
2012 Ryder Cup (winner TBD)
2006 PGA Championship (Tiger Woods)
1999 PGA Championship (Tiger Woods)
1990 U.S. Open (Hale Irwin)
1988 U.S. Senior Open (Gary Player)
1975 U.S. Open (Lou Graham)
1949 U.S. Open (Cary Middlecoff)
PGA Tour events: The Western Open was played at Medinah No. 3 three times; Chicago Victory and Chicago Open are other tour events here. Byron Nelson, Billy Casper and Gene Sarazen are among the Tour event winners.
Profile and History of Medinah Country Club:
Scottish architect Tom Bendelow was hired to design all three courses. Bendelow is believed to have designed at least 480 courses in his career, and among his other notable courses are Olympia Fields, also in Chicago; East Lake in Atlanta; and Dubsdread in Florida.
The club's courses are known simply as No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, named for the order in which they opened. While No. 3 is today by far the most famous - hosting U.S. Opens and PGA Championships, among other big tournaments - it was originally intended as the "ladies course" at Medinah.
In the early 1930s, Bendelow's original design was reworked and the No. 3 course began its journey to prominence. Architect Roger Packard did a major renovation in the 1980s, and Rees Jones did more work in 2002; Roger Rulewich also did some work in-between. Some new, deeper tee boxes were added prior to the '06 PGA Championship.
No. 3 today is known for its length - when it hosted the PGA Championship in 2006 it was the longest-ever major championship venue (since surpassed) - and rough made more difficult by a plethora of trees. Lake Kadijah comes into play on several holes, with four holes that require crossing a finger of the lake.
Two back-nine par-3s can change a good round into a bad one in a hurry. The 13th, playing across the water, can play as long as 244 yards. The 17th, also across Lake Kadijah, isn't as long as 13 but plays to a challenging green that sits hard against the water. The 17th has played a large role in the outcome of some of the course's big events in the past.
No. 3 now boasts a very high USGA course rating of 78.3 and a daunting slope of 153.
(Sources: Medinah Country Club; PGA of America; Golf Digest)