Featured Courses for Chicago 2013
Conway Farms Golf Club, host of the BMW Championship, opened for play on August 3, 1991. The Tom Fazio award-wining course sits on 209 acres in Lake Forest, Illinois and is designed around the traditions of Scottish links golf. Conway Farms GC is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation; a private club by invitation only.
The origins of Conway Farms Golf Club trace back to three Lake Forest families whose love for golf was exceeded only by their foresight. Their vision for a first rank golf club began with the purchase in 1956 of a farm straddling a stretch of old Conway Road, thus giving rise to the name Conway Farms. Conway is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the game, encouraging walking, fast play and the strong support of amateur golf.
Conway Farms is the site of the 2013 BMW Championship to be contested September 9- 15.
For the first time in tournament history, Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, will host the BMW Championship, September 9-15, 2013. It has been more than 40 years since the tournament has been held at a course in the north suburbs of Chicago. The city’s North Shore region is steeped in golf tradition and will provide a great setting for professional golf. Conducted by the Western Golf Association, the BMW Championship is the penultimate event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, featuring the top 70 golfers in the world competing for a share of an $8 million purse.
It is no coincidence that the tournament has, since 1899, become synonymous with top-class golf, excellent organization and a particularly pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. Be sure to get your tickets so you can be a part of this historic event. Juniors 16 and under can get in FREE when accompanied by an adult. No ticket is needed for juniors, and can proceed to the main gate. Active or retired military members can get in FREE any day of the tournament by showing a valid military Id card at the ticket office the day you are attending.
425 Conway Farms Dr
Lake Forest, IL 60045
A private member owned country club featuring 640 acres with three 18-hole courses. Medinah’s 7670 yard Course #3 has hosted major tournaments such as the PGA Championship and in September 2012 the Ryder Cup will be contested here.
Course #3 was designed by world-renowned golf course architect Tom Bendelow and later updated by noted golfer and architect Rees Jones. Golf Digest Magazine consistently ranks Medinah’s Course #3 as one of the Top 20 Best Golf Courses in the United States.
6N001 Medinah Road Medinah, IL 60157
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club is located just 30 mile southwest of Chicago. Course number 4 is the former, notoriously difficult home of the Western Open and is nicknamed "Dubsdread". The public golf facility has four championship golf courses, including Dubsdread, which is ranked among the Top 100 courses in the country by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.
12294 Archer Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439
(866) 264-4455 (COG-HILL)
The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is it own reward, spans 37 competitions over 82 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold chalice that bears his name. The Ryder Cup is golf’s premier team competition matching the 12 best professional golfers from the United States against the top 12 European players. The competition is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the United States and Europe. Team members qualify through a multi-year point system. The Ryder Cup involves various match play competitions including eight foursome matches, eight fourball matches and 12 singles matches. The matches take place over three days, Friday through Sunday. A total of 28 matches are played. Practice rounds for both teams occur Tuesday through Thursday. The Ryder Cup is about passion and prestige, with each match surpassing the previous in drama, excitement and national pride. As the contests became more competitive in the early 1980s, the media attention grew, which in turned fueled the public’s love affair with the event. Nothing in golf, maybe in all of sports, compares to the pressure exerted on players over the three days of competition for the Ryder Cup. Despite this, every American and European golfer wants to make the Ryder Cup Team and every golf fan wants to watch it.
For more information visit www.rydercup.com.