Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones, Inc.
Medinah Country Club (No. 3)
Medinah, Illinois
Image: Medinah Country Club (No. 3)
Course Type
Design Role
Complete Redesign
(2003, 2010)
Steve Weisser

Designer Notes

n 2002, a comprehensive golf course remodeling, including the rebuilding of all fairway and greenside bunkers, tees, and seven green complexes, as well as the regrading of selected fairways was performed in preparation for the 2006 PGA Championship. In 2009 we rebuilt and redesigned the other 11 green complexes in addition to creating a completely new 15th hole to provide a classic risk and reward short par four. The 15th hole is the shortest par four on Course #3 and comes at a crucial part of the round, following the long par five 14th and before the famous closing three hole stretch. The landing area and green have shifted slightly up the slope to the left. The new pond to protects the right side of the second half of the hole. New tees allow the hole to play in a range of distances from 280 yards to 375 yards. This creates a hole that for day-to-day play gives the members a challenging driver/short iron hole with a portion of the green protected by the pond on the right while leaving an open entrance on the left. It also creates an excellent option of using the hole as a drivable par four for the match play format of the Ryder Cup.

Course Photos


Tournament Year(s)
BMW Championship 2019
PGA Championship 2006
Ryder Cup 2012
The Presidents Cup 2026


Award Publication
Top 100 Courses in the World and U.S. Golf Magazine
America's 100 Best Classical Courses Golfweek
America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses Golf Digest


Headline Date
An Extra Does Of Do-Or-Die October 1, 2012
Center Stage: Ryder Cup Preview September 17, 2012
Medinah Country Club Prepared To Host 2012 Ryder Cup August 16, 2012
Medinah’s New 15th Will Give Pros A Difficult Decision, And May Decide The Outcome August 16, 2012
Medinah (Course No. 3) Redesign Summary – 2002 To Present June 25, 2012
Medinah’s 15th Hole Undergoes Dramatic Redesign In Advance Of 2012 Ryder Cup May 10, 2010

More Information

For more information about Medinah Country Club (No. 3), please visit the course’s website.