The members of Medinah Country Club have voted to move forward with a long-term Master Plan for its highly regarded Course #3, working with Ogilvy, Cocking, and Mead (OCM – Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Cocking, and Ashley Mead), an international golf course design and architecture firm.
Originally designed by Tom Bendelow and redesigned by Rees Jones, Course #3 has hosted five major championships: three U.S. Opens (1949, 1975, 1990) and two PGA Championships (1999, 2006), as well as the Ryder Cup in 2012. In 2026, the club will host the Presidents Cup.
The complete 18-hole renovation, at a cost of $23.5 million, will also include three new holes. The renovation will begin in 2023; the course will reopen in 2024.
“It is with great excitement that I can announce that the members voted with overwhelming approval of the Course #3 Master Plan,” said club President William R. Kuehn. “This renovation is especially timely as the club looks forward to hosting the 2026 Presidents Cup.”
According to the club, the design will honour the best elements of the course’s history and current layout while developing opportunities to strengthen the overall golf experience. Additionally, the renovation will address course infrastructure improvements necessary to provide ideal playing conditions as well as modifications to support professional tournament operations.
OCM’s Ogilvy said, “We feel incredibly humbled and honoured that the Medinah Country Club membership voted in favour of our plan. It’s a huge sign of confidence that the members are as excited with our concept as we are, and we can’t wait to get planning started in 2022.”
Kuehn added that this plan “encapsulates a continuing vision to provide compelling tournament play and a world-class golf experience for members, guests, and the professional tournament player.”
Medinah Country Club, established in 1924, is one of the preeminent private country clubs in the world, highly ranked among the top Platinum Clubs of the World and is ranked #12 by Platinum Clubs of America.
For additional information about the club and its upcoming renovation, access the website at www.medinahcc.org
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, OCM’s principals—Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Cocking, and Ashley Mead— were heavily influenced by playing and studying the sand-belt courses and by Alistair Mackenzie on his famous visit to the Australia in 1926. OCM works with many high-profile courses in Australia and Asia. Clients include Kingston Heath, Victoria, Peninsula Kingswood, The Lakes, Royal Queensland, Lake Karrinyup, Yangtze Dunes (Shanghai), and Lonsdale. In 2020, OCM completed their first project in America with the re-design of Shady Oaks in Fort Worth, Texas.
Additional information about OCM will be found at https://www.ocm.golf