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Lou Berardi, a starter in his 17th season, said the course is not similar to many other municipal courses.
“It’s a tough course. It gives you a chance to use all the clubs in your bag,” Berardi said.
Indeed, the club holds a significant place in United States golf history.
The course was established in 1892 as the original Chicago Golf Club, when golf pioneer Charles Blair MacDonald persuaded 30 of his Chicago Club colleagues to contribute $10 each to design and construct a nine-hole golf course, according to the Downers Grove Park District.
The course was ready for play in spring 1892 and became the nation’s first golf course west of the Allegheny mountain range. When the inaugural season ended, MacDonald convinced Chicago Golf Club members to add nine more holes to the course, making it the first 18-hole golf course in the United States.