History

To build the best country club in North America...

That was the goal for the founders of Medinah Country Club. The storied history of the club centers around this commitment to excellence, a commitment enduring over 90 years.

Club History - A Timeline:

Illustrious Beginnings

Grand entrance gate tower circa 1920
  • In the early 1920s the club's founders, a group of Shriner's from Chicago's Medinah Temple, sought to create a country retreat
  • The group was looking for rolling terrain, bountiful trees and an ample water supply
  • Several parcels of land in an area then known as Meacham, in northern DuPage County were selected to build Chicago's finest private golf courses

Championship Golf

Tom Bendelow, world-renowned Scottish course architect was retained to design the original three golf courses.

Course #1
  • In September 1925, the Shriners enjoyed their first round of golf at Medinah on Course #1
  • In 2014 a redesign by famed course architect, Tom Doak was completed
Course #2
  • In 1926 construction on Course #2 was complete
  • Courses #1 and #2 have hosted a variety of amateur, professional and Chicago District Golf Association events
Course #3
  • Originally designed for Medinahís ladies, Course #3 was completed in 1928
  • Underwent a major redesign in the early 1930ís
  • In 2002 renowned architect, Rees Jones, completed a complete course renovation 2002
  • Host course for seven major championship tournament events

Iconic Clubhouse

  • In the mid 1920s, while the courses were under construction, Richard G. Schmid was hired to plan and design the clubhouse 
  • Schmid blended classic lines of Byzantine, Oriental, Louis XIV, and Italian architecture lending to the style and elegance still evident today
  • Schmidt Brothers Construction Company served as the general contractors for the clubhouse - all three brothers (Otto, August, and Ernest) were Shriners and charter members of Medinah
  • The rotunda and murals were the work of club member, Gustav A. Brand, a German-born artist. Brand's work was featured on the Chicago Medinah Temple and other historic sites
  • In 1997 fine art conservators completed a full restoration of the clubhouse, all including all interior frescos, murals and decorative stenciling

National Tournaments

  • The National Tournaments of the 1930ís on the Bendelow redesigned Course No. 3 established the world-renowned reputation of the course and the club
  • The 1937 Chicago Open at Medinah hosted a field of competitors that included six members of that yearís victorious American Ryder Cup team
  • The club has hosted seven National tournaments
  • Golf legends including Harry Cooper, Byron Nelson, Gene Sarazen, Jacky Cupit and Billy Casper have played and won National Tournaments at Medinah

The Majors

Course #3 has been the host site for seven major championship tournament events.

  • Ryder Cup 2012
  • PGA Championship 1999, 2006
  • U. S. Open 1949, 1975, 1990
  • U.S. Senior Open 1988
  • Notable championship winners include - Tiger Woods, Hale Irwin, Gary Player, Byron Nelson, Billy Casper, Gene Sarazen

Cherished Members

  • Originally founded by Shriners for Shriners
  • Shriner-only membership restriction ended at the end of the 1930's
  • Medinah was established as a member-governed private club and remains as such today
  • Membership is by invitation only

Today

  • Recognized as the best golf course in Chicago and one of the finest private golf clubs in the United States and internationally
  • Includes a diverse and active membership - on the golf course and beyond
  • Continues to embody Tradition, Family Values and Championship Golf

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