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Downers Grove Golf Club celebrates its 130th season

Downers Grove Golf Club celebrates its 130th season

By Brian Weis

The Downers Grove Golf Club is now open for its 130th season. The historic course was established in 1892 as America's first 18-hole golf course. Now a 9-hole par 36 course, Downers Grove Golf Club is owned and operated by the Downers Grove Park District. Open to the public from sunrise to dusk Sunday through Saturday (weather permitting), the course is located at 2420 Haddow Ave. in Downers Grove, Illinois.

The Downers Grove Golf Club holds a significant place in U.S. history. The course was established in 1892 as the original Chicago Golf Club, when Charles Blair Macdonald, who was, according to Golf Journal, "a true and imposing pioneer of golf in America" persuaded thirty of his Chicago Club colleagues to contribute ten dollars each to design and construct a 9-hole golf course. When the inaugural season had ended, Macdonald convinced Chicago Golf Club members to add nine more holes to the course. Therefore, in 1893, the first eighteen-hole golf course in the United States was established on the site. After numerous owners and after being converted back to a 9-hole course, the site was purchased by the Downers Grove Park District and was renamed the Downers Grove Golf Club in 1968.

Today, the Downers Grove Golf Club offers opportunities for golfers of all ages to experience this stunning, well-maintained course. Children ages 3 to 18 can learn the game of golf and improve skills with golf camps all summer long. Private, semi-private and group lessons are led by two certified golf professionals and include parent/child, junior and adult lessons. A Ladies Scramble League and Junior League for children ages 12 to 18 are offered starting in June. Adult couples can compete against other couples in a friendly competition featuring contests, prizes, dinner and an adult beverage at the Couples Scramble from 2 to 7 pm on July 16.

The driving range at the Downers Grove Golf Club offers a range shelter covering 10 of the 24 hitting stations. The shelter features seating, infrared heaters and ceiling fans that provide a comfortable golf experience even on rainy days. The range also features a large practice putting green, sand trap and chipping area. Renovations were recently completed to the short game area of the driving range to create a new lesson tee. This new lesson tee will provide a truly private learning experience provided by our certified instructors from the PGA, USGTF and PGTCA. A new short game green and bunker will be available behind the lesson tee for use by students and the public.

The newly renovated Clubhouse provides golfers with a comfortable setting to relax, grab a sandwich or snack and enjoy a cold adult beverage. The expanded Pro Shop now offers an extensive line of merchandise from the top manufacturers in the industry. New this summer will be a rotation of local food trucks and vendors on select days.

Last year, Downers Grove Golf Club welcomed a record-setting 44,717 rounds on the course. Ken McCormick, General Manager at the Downers Grove Golf Club, is looking forward to another great season in 2022.

"It's fantastic to see so many new and returning golfers enjoying this truly unique and historic course. As the course celebrates its 130th anniversary in 2022, we encourage golfers to visit over the coming year to see the great improvements we've made and to learn about this significant site and its part of golfing history," said McCormick.

To learn more about the Downers Grove Golf Club, to view golf rates and register for programs or events, visit

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Revised: 03/15/2022 - Article Viewed 471 Times - View Course Profile

About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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