Renovation of the Year 2009

Renovation of the Year 2009

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Flossmoor Country Club originally opened in 1899.
Mike Klemme/Courtesy Flossmoor CC

Flossmoor Country Club
Flossmoor, Ill.
7,136 yards, par 72
flossmoorcc.org

Eighty years ago, Flossmoor Country Club
in Chicago’s south suburbs was one of golf’s “it”
courses. Jock Hutchinson won the 1920 PGA
Championship here. Max Marston captured the
1923 U.S. Amateur here, beating Bobby Jones and
Francis Ouimet along the way.

Five years later, Jones
posted seven consecutive 3s, setting a Flossmoor
course-record 67 that stood for 56 years. By the
1990s, however, Flossmoor had lost its mojo.

Enter
Holland, Michigan-based architect Raymond Hearn,
whose inspired renovation has put the storied club
back on the map. Over a three-year period, Hearn,
superintendent Bob Lively and a spirited membership
hacked away at overgrown trees, gutted the boring
oval bunkers in favor of Riviera-style sand sprawls,
expanded green collars and created a new par-3 13th.

The result is a layout that retains the old signature
elements but is laced with enhancements that
make it relevant, rugged fun from start to finish.