Medinah Country Club

The Glen Club

USA, Illinois
Designer: Tom Fazio
Course Opened: 2001

The Glen Club, designed by renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio, is a remarkable feat of engineering. 

For over 70 years, the land was used as a Naval Air Base complete with runways and a total elevation change of three feet. Today, the land has been beautifully transformed into a dynamic terrain with rolling berms, stunning vistas and naturally harmonious transitions.

The routing features dramatic elevation changes – up to 40 feet on certain holes – mature trees and natural areas, meandering lakes and flowing streams. There are 75 acres of prairie grass flowing naturally throughout the layout.

Each of the spectacular par 3’s face a different point on the compass. The par 5’s are big and bold yet contain ample driving zones and generous bailout regions. The par 4’s range from short and sweet to long and tough. Many elements of a superb Fazio design are here and offer a challenge in many forms, from the classic perched greens undercut by bunkers to the awesome peninsula greens menaced by water.

The finishing 18th hole is one of the most picturesque on the course with two water features and strategically placed bunkers that demand accurate tacking from one safe area to the next. Walking off the 18th green will leave a lasting impression of a spectacular test of skill in an environment that offers an array of memorable golf holes.

Extract from the golf club website.

 

It’s startling to imagine that until 1995, this tract housed the Glenview Naval Air Station — total elevation change: three feet. By its 2001 opening, Tom Fazio had moved two million cubic yards of dirt, brought in 4,000 trees and peppered the layout with lakes, streams and most incongruously, fescue-topped hills. Much like Turnberry in Scotland, where fairways were once airplane runways, The Glen Club is a testament to an imaginative architect and his skillful shapers.

Extract from the Golf.com course description:

 

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