GOLF AT IDLEWILD
Idlewild’Country Club’s 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course offers beauty and challenge to players of all skill levels. Built in 1908, our championship parkland course features playing distances between 5400-6750 yards, bisected by Butterfield Creek and laid out over gentle sloping terrain.
History of the Idlewild Golf Course
The initial membership paid Al Naylor the princely sum of $60 near the Illinois Central Railroad line nearby and to serve as Idlewild’s first club professional.
While records may be vague, sometime in the 1920’s, esteemed architect William Langford (Butterfield CC, Ruth Lake CC, Lawsonia Links) was brought in to work on greens complexes and bunkering.
Over time the course saw trees growing, greens affected and conditions changing. In the early 2000’s, the USGA was brought in and recommended changes to help the condition of the greens, improve drainage, remove dead trees and take down trees to create better golf vistas.
This will culminate with the completion of a new irrigation system being installed and completed in 2021.
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Besides offering a fully stocked pro shop, head pro Joel Voss and assistant pro Brendan Maloney are available for individual lessons, group lessons for men and women, a growing youth golf program, sponsored demo days to try new equipment, organize and manage tournaments, and maintain our caddy program.
Men and Women’s flighted club championships, a Sox vs. Cubs Ryder Cup competition (The Davis Cup), a 2 man member-member event, a 2 man member-guest event, an annual Calcutta tournament (Gold Putter) and other 4 man tournaments to encourage comradery and competition. We also have a men’s Invitational to promote business interests and attractive prospective members.
Idlewild CC also participates with other clubs in the Chicago District Golf Association’s (CDGA) Southern District in competitive matches for men, women and senior men with member clubs hosting on a rotating basis.