The North Course at Olympia Fields

The nationally ranked North Course at Olympia Fields Country Club is one of Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Greatest Courses”.

The North Course - formerly the club's No. 4 Course - was designed in 1923 by Musselburgh native Willie Park Jr., two time (1887 and 1889) Open Champion and grandfather of inland golf design.

Although Park's work includes more than 100 golf courses worldwide, including timeless masterpieces at Sunningdale and Maidstone, the North Course at Olympia Fields is often regarded as Park's greatest achievement - not just by contemporary critics, but by Park himself, who concluded, "I have examined thousands of places adaptable for the ideal golf course, both in Europe and America, but I have never seen a more natural setting for a championship course. I am satisfied now that your number IV course is the equal of any golf course I have ever seen and I know of none that is superior, either in beauty or natural terrain."

The North Course remains steadfastly faithful to Park's original design, with precious few changes over the decades other than deepened bunkers and additional length. Par for the North Course is 70 strokes played over 7,205 yards with a rating of 75.9 and a slope of 147. The North Course is routed over naturally rolling terrain, and makes liberal use of Butterfield Creek, which winds its way through seven holes, including twice on numbers 12 and 14. The North Course had been ranked continually by Golf Digest as one of America's "Top 100 Greatest Courses," and in 2017-18 enjoys the ranking of No. 79 ( among all golf courses - both classic and modern - in the United States of America. The North Course is also ranked No. 47 on Golfweek's 2017 list of "Best Classic Courses." The course record is 63, shared by Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh.

  • Scorecard
    • Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
      Tournament 626 471 461 400 417 187 430 247 445 3684
      Championship 560 446 439 392 387 178 430 226 445 3503
      Regular 542 430 409 365 347 164 400 197 433 3287
      Forward 518 395 391 327 326 156 390 175 372 3050
      Man's Par 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 35
      Men's Handicap 5 7 1 9 13 17 11 15 3  
      Regular 486 340 327 311 238 136 377 140 412 2767
      Ladies' Par 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 36
      Ladies' Handicap 3 9 7 11 13 15 1 17 5  


      Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
      Tournament 444 402 389 168 444 576 215 455 496 3589
      Championship 429 397 389 168 438 567 196 413 468 3465
      Regular 417 375 377 150 420 550 175 369 485 3318
      Forward 402 356 367 130 410 523 145 350 455 3138
      Man's Par 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4/5 35/36
      Men's Handicap 8 14 10 18 2 4 16 12 6  
      Regular 347 298 282 122 322 453 130 292 395 2641
      Ladies' Par 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 35
      Ladies' Handicap 8 14 10 18 6 2 16 12 4  
  • Course Tour

    • Hole 1

      Par 5

      Men's Handicap: 5
      Ladies' Handicap: 3

      Yardage

      626 580 550 518 486 486


      Hole 2

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 7
      Ladies' Handicap: 9

      Yardage

      467 440 426 395 340 340


      Hole 3

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 1
      Ladies' Handicap: 7

      Yardage

      461 439 409 345 327 327


      Hole 4

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 9
      Ladies' Handicap: 11

      Yardage

      400 378 362 327 311 311


      Hole 5

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 13
      Ladies' Handicap: 13

      Yardage

      417 401 359 336 238 238


      Hole 6

      Par 3

      Men's Handicap: 17
      Ladies' Handicap: 15

      Yardage

      187 179 164 137 121 121


      Hole 7

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 11
      Ladies' Handicap: 1

      Yardage

      452 425 400 390 310 310


      Hole 8

      Par 3

      Men's Handicap: 15
      Ladies' Handicap: 17

      Yardage

      280 227 197 175 144 144


      Hole 9

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 3
      Ladies' Handicap: 5

      Yardage

      472 460 438 415 372 372


      Hole 10

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 8
      Ladies' Handicap: 8

      Yardage

      444 429 410 372 341 341


      Hole 11

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 14
      Ladies' Handicap: 14

      Yardage

      396 380 358 321 298 298


      Hole 12

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 10
      Ladies' Handicap: 10

      Yardage

      389 377 367 282 282 282


      Hole 13

      Par 3

      Men's Handicap: 18
      Ladies' Handicap: 18

      Yardage

      168 150 130 122 122 122


      Hole 14

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 2
      Ladies' Handicap: 6

      Yardage

      450 438 420 372 322 322


      Hole 15

      Par 5

      Men's Handicap: 4
      Ladies' Handicap: 2

      Yardage

      576 567 550 523 453 453


      Hole 16

      Par 3

      Men's Handicap: 16
      Ladies' Handicap: 16

      Yardage

      215 196 175 145 130 130


      Hole 17

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 12
      Ladies' Handicap: 12

      Yardage

      455 413 373 350 292 292


      Hole 18

      Par 4

      Men's Handicap: 6
      Ladies' Handicap: 4

      Yardage

      498 468 419 391 358 358



Hole 1

Men -Par 5
Ladies - Par 5

Men's Handicap: 5
Ladies' Handicap: 3

Yardage

US Open
Championship
Member Regular
Member Forward
Ladies Regular
580   560   542   518   486  
For openers, this long, straight par 5 should present little difficulty to the average touring professional - provided he stays out of the fairway and greenside bunkers.  The revamped bunkering has made the North Course much more challenging.  A tee shot that finds a fairway bunker here takes away a chance of reaching the green in two, as the bunkers are too deep to allow the fairway wood or long-iron shot required.  An approach that finds a greenside bunker will leave the golfer well below the level of the green, hitting up to a back-to-front sloping putting surface.  The ideal way to play the hole is to hit a tee shot over the right edge of the left fairway bunker, and leave a fairway metal or long iron to the green.
   
                       

Olympia Fields Country Club is, and has been since its founding, a private club. Membership is by invitation only. Access to Olympia's golf courses, clubhouse, tennis courts, aquatic center & all other facilities are restricted to members & their guests.