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 7,353 yards with a rating of 76.6 and a slope of 150. 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 2019-2020 enjoys the ranking of No. 75 ( 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 444
      396
      389 168 450 576
      215
      455
      498
      3591
      Championship 429
      380
      389
      168 438
      559
      196
      413
      445
      3417
      Member Regular 410
      358
      377
      150 420
      544
      175
      373
      419
      3226
      Member Forward 372
      321 367 130 372
      523
      145
      350
      391
      2971
      Man's Par 4
      4 4 3
      4 5
      3
      4
      4 35
      Men's Handicap 8
      14
      10 18
      2
      4
      16
      12 6
       
      Regular 341
      298
      282
      122
      322
      453
      130
      292
      358
      2598
      Ladies' Par 4
      4 4 3
      4 5
      3
      4
      4
      35
      Ladies' Handicap 8
      14
      10
      18 6
      2
      16 12 4
       


      Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
      Tournament 626 467
      461
      400
      417
      187 452
      280
      472 3762
      Championship 550
      440
      439
      378
      401 179
      425
      206
      460 3478
      Member Regular 525
      426
      409
      362
      359
      164
      400
      189
      438 3272
      Member Forward 518
      395 345
      327
      336
      137
      390
      157
      372
      2977
      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
      121 310
      144
      415
      2692
      Ladies' Par 5
      4 4 4
      4 3
      4
      3
      5
      36
      Ladies' Handicap 3
      9
      7
      11 13
      15
      1 17 5
       


Hole 1

Men - Par 4
Ladies - Par 4

Men's Handicap: 8
Ladies' Handicap: 8

Yardage

Tournament
Championship
Member Regular
Member Forward
Ladies Regular
444   429   410   372
  341  
Bunkers pinch both sides of the fairway on this slight dogleg-left.  The best play is to carry the left fairway, about 280 yards out, and leave a short iron to a deep green with a severe back-to-front tilt.  The green is well protected with two bunkers right and one bunker left.  The toughest bunker is the one short-right.  A player who lands in there will be left well below the surface of the green, having to hit a soft high shot to a putting surface that slopes back to front - in a perpendicular direction, in other words.  Depending where the hole is cut, his recovery may not stay on 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.