Beverly Country Club, is a Private, 18 hole golf course located in Chicago, Illinois.
Established in 1908, The Beverly Country Club is a fixture in Chicagoland golf. From its start and continuing today, Beverly was recognized as a championship course. The club's first golf professional, George O'Neil, is credited with laying out Beverly's original golf course, reportedly with the assistance of golf course architect Tom Bendelow.
Donald Ross later created a master plan to renovate the course and bring it back to major championship standards. Over the course of nearly a decade, the entire Ross plan was adopted. More recently the course went through a restoration that reclaimed many of the Donald Ross features that had been lost over the decades. The result is a stunning test of golf that awaits the game's best players.
The genius of Ross's work lies in the remarkable elegant routing of the golf course, in which no two consecutive holes run in the same direction, despite the fact that the course is laid out within a perfect rectangle that is hemmed in and bisected by three arterial streets and a railroad line. Ross made excellent use of the dominant geological feature of property: a prominent ridge that runs from behind the fifth green eastward through the promontory above the second fairway.
Five holes on the front nine are designed around this ridge, which had been part of the southern shore of prehistoric Lake Chicago, a forgotten body of water that deposited sand dunes along Beverly's back nine. Students of Ross's design "school" will recognize his mark throughout the course, particularly in the tee and green complexes. The recently remodeled bunkering of the golf course also bears the stamp of the Scottish master.
Over the years, Beverly has been the host of four Western Open championships (1910, 1963, 1967 and 1970) and two National Amateur championship (1931, 2009). If one can correlate the strength of a course's champions to the strength to the course, Beverly is a true test of golf. Its champions include legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Francis Ouimet and Chick Evans and Vinny Giles III.
Beverly also holds the distinction of hosting three Women's Western Open championships (1937, 1960 and 1965). The womenï¿½s course record is 69 by Susie Maxwell, and previous holders of the record included Patty Berg and Babe Didrickson.
Beverly also hosted the 1943 Chicago Victory National Open Championship, a wartime substitute for the National Open. Championship golf returned to Beverly in 1999 when the rejuvenated Chicago Open came to the South Side for a three-year run, with PGA Tour star Luke Donald winning in 2000. The competitive course record is 64, set by Tom Weiskopf in 1967, breaking Tommy Armour's 65 which had stood since 1928.
In 2002, a master plan was adopted to completely restore and rejuvenate the golf course, under the expert guidance of nationally known golf course architect, Ron Prichard. With its golf course now stretching beyond 7,000 yards, Beverly has resumed its rightful position as on of America's great championship tests. Beverly has been named one of Golfweek's Top 100 Classic Golf courses in the United States.
Championship tees: 7,016 yards, course rating 74.2, slope rating 137.
Blue tees: 6,849 yards, course rating 73.4, slope rating 135.
White tees: 6,563 yards, course rating 72.1, slope rating 132.
Ladies tees: 5,914 yards, course rating 76.1, slope rating 130.
Guest (cart included), played on Friday, July 2008 at 6am
Beverly Country Club is a gem and has a great layout. If you can get an invite, do not pass it up.
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