Courtesy of Gary Kellner
To prepare Olympia Fields North for the 1961 PGA Championship (won by Jerry Barber in a playoff over Don January), the club didn’t hire a golf architect. Instead, superintendent Warren Bidwell relocated 32 greenside and 13 fairway bunkers and added new tees to lengthen the course by 320 yards. Forty years later, golf architect Mark Mungeam supervised extensive changes before the North hosted the 2003 U.S. Open and made more changes again before Olympia Fields North and newly remodeled South (redone by architect Steve Smyers) co-hosted the 2015 U.S. Amateur. In 2017, Olympia Fields North was the site of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the course hosted the 2020 and 2023 BMW Championship.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966.
2023-'24 ranking: No. 99.
Previous ranking: 88th
Highest ranking: No. 24, 2003-'04.
Best in State: Ranked fifth, 2013-'16. Ranked inside the top 5, 1977-'89, 1993-2009. Ranked sixth, 2011-'12, 2017-'24. Ranked inside the top 10, 1991.
2023-'24 ranking (and previously): 6th.