MEDINAH READIES FOR FINAL BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

IRONS AND WOODS-COMING SOON TO LONG GROVE behind the Menards Store that is located on Lake-Cook Road just west of Rt. 53. Irons and Woods will be sports simulator driven, with plenty of golf. But with a bar, bands, slots and more. #staytuned. THE BMW Championship returns to Chicago at the historic Medinah Country Club, this coming August 12-18. For details visit Bmwchampionship.com. Ticket are now on sale.

 

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THE LAST BMW Championship is coming to Medinah Country Club, the week of August 12-18.

Keegan Bradley is the defending champion, and via video hook-up he joined the media day press conference at Medinah yesterday. You can hear from him below.

The Medinah Country Club is thrilled to be hosting the PGA Tour again, for the first time since 1966. When the club hosted the Western Open for the third time.

Medinah has hosted six major championships, and the 2012 Ryder Cup.For Bradley he called the first two days of the Ryder Cup, among the most fun he has ever had on the golf course.

THE 18TH HOLE on Course 3, is rounding into shape.

The Top 70 remaining players in the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, will be in the field at Medinah.

The top 30 players in the point standings, after the BMW Championship move on to Atlanta for the Tour Championship. Justin Rose won the Fed Ex Cup Championship in 2018.

The 2020 Chicago Fed Ex Cup event, will take place at the Olympia Fields Country Club, in South Suburban Olympia Fields. Olympia Fields has recent hosted the 2017 KMPG-Women’s PGA Championship, won by Danielle Kang. And the 2015 USGA Amateur Championship won by current PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau. Next years championship sponsor, is still to be determined. Because BMW is not renewing it’s contract with the PGA Tour.

Since the 2012 Ryder Cup Medinah has under-gone changes around the club. All of the clubs three golf courses have had renovation, or restoration work done on them.

     THE OPENING HOLE on Course #1-renovated by Tom Doak. THE 8TH HOLE on Course #2. No longer known as the ladies course, but called the Family Course. The Tom Bendelow class design, was restored by former Medinah Superintendent Curtis Tyrell, with help from Rees Jones.

  THE PAR 3, 17TH HOLE (L) will create plenty of excitement during championship week. And the new elevated deck located on the back of the clubhouse, will be hot spot for Medinah’s members and guests during the tournament.

Course #3, Medinah’s Championship Course, has had both bunker and tree work done in recent years. It can play to yardage of 7,657 yards, and a par of 72. Championship week, yardage set by the PGA Tour will likely beover 7,400 yards. Off the golf course, the clubs pool, and tennis area’s have been renovated. The range has been improved, and a teaching-fitting building was built.

Various area’s inside the club house have had upgrades done. Including the wine area, inside bars added, painted and recarpeted locker rooms. The club decided to honor it’s golf history, with replica trophys of the major tournaments it has hosted. It has them on display behind glass in the main lobby.

The Medinah Country Club you saw during the Ryder Cup in 2012, has changed. But in many ways the same, because the club does an excellent job preserving it’s long history.

Championship week will have all kinds of fun things for the fans to do, says WGA Sr. VP of Tournaments, Vince Pellegrino. Great food and interactive golf contests await. Click on below to hear the interview with Keegan Bradley and news about championship week.

The BMW Championship media day press conference, click on above.

Click on above to hear the interview with Medinah Club President Michael Scimo.

Stay clicked in to Golfers on Golf for updates on the championship through out the next several weeks. Tickets and hospitality plans are available at BMWChampionship.com.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.