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Author(s):Wogomon, Scott
Author Affiliation:Associate Editor, Golf Course Management
Title:Fields of green: Suburban Chicago's Olympia Fields Country Club hosts the 2003 U.S. Open
Item is a:*Professional
Source:Golf Course Management. Vol. 71, No. 6, June 2003, p. 74-79.
# of Pages:6
Publishing Information:Lawrence, KS: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Golf tournaments; Tournament preparation; Course profile; Personal profile; Career growth; Golf course superintendents; Golf courses; History
Facility:Olympia Fields Country Club, in Chicago, Illinois
Subjects' Names:Ward, Dave; West, Kevin; Gebhardi, Vincent; Bendelow, Tom
Abstract:Profiles the host club of the 2003 United States (U.S.) Open golf tournament, Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Details the history of the club from development, stating that "Charles Beach, a teacher who later worked in the construction and real estate businesses, wandered the terrain and decided it was a perfect site for not one, but several golf courses. Explains that "legendary University of Chicago football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg was selected as the club's first president, and the club charter was signed on July 17, 1915." Discusses the design of the courses, three of which were designed by Tom Bendelow with help fom Willie Watson; the fourth was designed by Willie Park, Jr. Explains that "Number 4, as it was known back in the Roaring 20's, was widely considered one of the best golf courses in the country." Describes the management of the courses, spearheaded by superintendents Dave Ward and Kevin West. Briefly profiles both Ward and West, focusing on the growth of their careers. Discusses their preparation for hosting the U.S. Open, including the extensive planning involved. Describes the renovations that were undertaken at the course during 1999, which lengthened the course, narrowed the fairways, and, "per the USGA's [United States Golf Association] request" gave the course "far more penal bunkering."
Note:Includes sidebar, "Gangland golfer: Western Open entrant orchestrated Valentine's Day massacre", p. 76
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Wogomon, S. 2003. Fields of green: Suburban Chicago's Olympia Fields Country Club hosts the 2003 U.S. Open. Golf Course Manage. 71(6):p. 74-79.
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