17 Dec 2020

Press Release:

Medinah Country Club announces the retention of an Australian golf course architecture firm OCM Golf (OCM), led by Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Cocking, and Ashley Mead, to assist Medinah Country Club in developing its Course #3 Master Plan.

In November 2019, Club President Joseph Gattone initiated an ad hoc committee to begin working on a plan to address Medinah’s current and future needs for world renowned Course #3, (7,657 yards, par 72). The committee includes Past Presidents Bruce D’Angelo and Michael Scimo, Director Ryan Potts, General Manager Robert Sereci, Director of Golf Marty DeAngelo, Director of Golf Course Operations Steve Cook, and Course #3 Superintendent Peter Schmidt. Club President Joseph Gattone said, “I am excited to embark on a plan that leverages Course #3’s current routing, while developing opportunities to strengthen the overall golf experience of our members and guests.” A master plan will guide future capital spend, including all course infrastructure needs that drive ideal playing conditions, ensure an enjoyable playing experience for all levels of member play, as well as creating a more challenging layout for professional tournament play, and provide a long-term infrastructure and operational footprint for major professional tournaments and other important events.

Medinah’s Course #3 has enjoyed a rich heritage of championship golf, having hosted an impressive slate of amateur, professional and Chicago District Golf Association events.

BMW Championship
Justin Thomas – 2019

Ryder Cup
Europe – 2012

PGA Championship
Tiger Woods – 1999, 2006

U.S. Open
Cary Middlecoff – 1949
Lou Graham – 1975
Hale Irwin – 1990

U.S. Senior Open
Gary Player – 1988

Western Open
Billy Casper – 1966
Jacky Cupit – 1962
Byron Nelson – 1939

Chicago Victory
Byron Nelson – 1946

Medinah Open
Harry “Lighthorse” Cooper – 1935, 1930

Chicago Open
Gene Sarazen

About OCM: Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Geoff, Ashley, and Mike were heavily influenced by playing and studying the sand-belt courses, and they count many of them as clients today.
OCM works with many high-profile courses in Australia and Asia. Clients include Kingston Heath, Victoria, Peninsula Kingswood, The Lakes, Royal Queensland, Lake Karrinyup, Yangtze Dunes (Shanghai), and Lonsdale. In 2020, OCM completed their first project in America with the re-design of Shady Oaks, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Geoff Ogilvy was the 2006 U.S. Open Champion at Winged Foot and is the preeminent PGA TOUR golf architecture voice in the game today. Geoff said, “We feel incredibly humbled and excited to be working with Medinah on the redevelopment of Course #3.”

 

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