PGA Championship

Valhalla Golf Club



Medinah Country Club: No. 3

Medinah, IL Private

Overview

Medinah No. 3 is Exhibit A for the notion that great golf courses aren’t created, but evolve. A major tournament site since 1949, it has undergone a succession of remodelings and has improved with every session. Its par-3 17th is the most prominent example. It was shifted to a new location in 1986, to precede a whole new 18th hole. (The original 17th is now the 13th.) Ten years later, the 17th green was moved away from a lakefront to a spot atop a hill, but after Tiger Woods’ first (of two) PGA Championship victories on the course, the green was moved back down to water’s edge, where it remains today. Time will tell if that trend continues: after falling from no. 11 in the rankings in 2007 to its current position of 93, the No. 3 course will undergo a major revamping once again by the Australian firm of Ogilvy, Cocking and Mead in 2023 in preparation for the 2026 Presidents Cup.

About

Holes 18
Length 7657
Slope 152
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1928
Designer Tom Bendelow/(R) Roger B. Packard/Roger G. Rulewich, ASGCA/(R)Rees Jones, ASGCA/(R) Ogilvy, Cocking & Mead

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966.
2023-'24 ranking: No. 93.
Previous ranking: 60th.
Highest ranking: No. 10, 1989-'90.

Best in State: Ranked first, 1985-2007. Ranked second, 2011-'16. Ranked third, 2017-'20. Ranked inside the top 5 since 1977.
2023-'24 ranking: 5th.
Previous ranking: 4th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.5364
Character
7.7679
Challenge
7.8684
Layout Variety
7.3555
Fun
7.2696
Aesthetics
7.4966
Conditioning
7.6726

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