124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2



Old Elm Club

Highland Park, IL, United States Private

Overview

Old Elm, a male-only club on Chicago’s north side, has one of the country’s most unique design pedigrees. British architect Harry S. Colt laid out the course in 1913 on one of his few visits to the U.S., collaborating on-site with Donald Ross, who to that point had designed courses in the Northeast and at Pinehurst but was not nationally known. After Colt departed, Ross, consulting Colt’s drawings and design notes, oversaw the construction of the holes. Over the last decade architect Drew Rogers has helped reclaim the property’s original spaciousness by removing hundreds of trees that had begun to clog the holes and expand fairways and greens. He also, with the help of designer/shaper Dave Zinkand, recreated the rough and rugged bunker edging that Colt was known for in his best U.K. designs. Their work has reestablished Old Elm as one of the top courses in the greater Chicago market.

About

Holes 18
Length 6951
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1913
Designer H.S. Colt/Donald J. Ross, ASGCA

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history

Second 100 Greatest:
2023-'24 ranking:
164th, inaugural appearance on our national rankings.

Best in State: Ranked eighth since Old Elm's inclusion on our Best in Illinois rankings (including 2023-'24).

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

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

4.5

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.3051
Character
7.6491
Challenge
7.0615
Layout Variety
7.3582
Fun
7.5783
Aesthetics
7.3351
Conditioning
7.7313

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