Sources: Olympia Fields gets 2015 U.S. Am
Monday, October 18, 2010
Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club has landed the 2015 U.S. Amateur, Golfweek has learned from several reliable sources.
The U.S. Golf Association will make the announcement on Oct. 21 at this storied old club, 30 miles south of the downtown Chicago Loop.
Olympia Fields is a 36-hole private membership facility with a sprawling clubhouse that, at 110,000 square feet in size, is among the country’s largest. The 2015 Amateur will be contested on both the North Course and the South Course, with both courses sharing responsibilities for the 36-hole stroke play qualifier. It has yet to be determined which of the 18-hole layouts will be home to the match play segment of the championship.
Olympia Fields, founded in 1913, at one point included four courses, but gradually sold off some of its land. Its North Course, designed by Willie Park Jr. in 1922, has been home to the Western Open (1933, 1968, 1971), the PGA Championship (1925, 1961), the U.S. Open (1928, 2003), and the U.S. Senior Open (1997). The South Course evolved into its current configuration from a 1916 design by Tom Bendelow and was the subject of a major overall and partial re-routing by architect Steve Smyers in 2007-08. Smyers has been a member of the USGA Executive Committee since 2006 – the only professional course architect to have served in that capacity.
The South Course is scheduled to hold the 2011 U.S Girls’ Junior, the PGA of America’s Junior Ryder Cup in 2012 and the Western Amateur in 2013. Future sites for the U.S. Amateur: Erin Hills, Hartford, Wis. (2011), Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver (2012), The Country Club, Brookline, Mass. (2013) and the Atlanta (Ga.) Athletic Club (2014).