Inside the course: Cog Hill Golf and Country Club

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Condon/PGA TOUR
The 18th hole at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club is a splendid setting for a winning putt in the third leg of the Playoffs.
September 10, 2011
PGA TOUR Staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Scott Pavalko
Original architect Dick Wilson and Joe Lee (1964)
Course remodel Rees Jones/Wadsworth Contruction (2008)
Number of TOUR events as host venue 20 (including 2011)
Course ranking Ranked 10th (out of 52 courses) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2010
Yardage history 7,386 (2009-present)
  7,326 (2004-07)
  7,320 (2003)
  7,224 (2002)
  7,073 (1996-2001)
  7,040 (1991-95)
Par value: 71
Grass Pencross bentgrass (tees); Bentgrass (fairways); A1 bentgrass, A4 bentgrass (greens); Kentucky bluegrass(rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 feet
Sand bunkers 98
Water hazards 7
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Course record
Player
Tiger Woods
Year
2009
Round
3rd
Finish
Won
Holes-in-one
There have been 13 aces recorded at Cog Hill GCC
Player Hole Year
Scott Hoch 14 2004
Mike Small 2 2004
Lucas Glover 12 2004
Franklin Langham 2 2000
Joey Sindelar 12 1996
Joel Edwards 14 1995
Scott Gump 14 1995
Doug Tewell 6 1994
Nolan Henke 14 1992
Mark Calcavecchia 14 1992
Tommy Armour III 6 1991
Rick Dalpos 14 1991
David Sutherland 14 1991
2010 Rankings
Toughest Hole
A great finishing hole and the most difficult hole on the course. The fairway and green on this 480-yard par 4 both slope toward a pond on the left, often an unfortunate landing area for second shots.
2010: 0 eagles, 24 birdies, 163 pars, 74 bogeys, 16 double bogeys, 3 others.
Easiest Hole
This 519-yard par 5 is a prime eagle opportunity. The hole is straightaway with a slight dogleg right at the green.
2010: 5 eagles, 132 birdies, 121 pars, 16 bogeys, 5 double bogeys and 0 others.
Cog Hill G&CC2010 rankings 19-year average
Hole Par Yards Avg. score Rank Avg. score Rank
1 4 462 4.068 11 4.047 10
2 3 228 3.2 4 3.039 11
3 4 446 3.996 12 3.986 14
4 4 465 4.114 7 4.200 3
5 4 509 4.3 2 4.186 5
6 3 244 3.071 9 3.187 4
7 4 434 4.139 6 4.071 9
8 4 383 3.861 16 4.039 12
9 5 615 4.839 17 4.863 16
10 4 386 3.936 14 3.928 15
11 5 610 4.886 15 4.792 17
12 3 221 3.146 5 3.167 6
13 4 486 4.239 3 4.230 2
14 3 218 3.1 8 3.099 7
15 5 526 4.596 18 4.650 18
16 4 459 4.071 9 4.082 8
17 4 427 3.961 13 4.036 13
18 4 497 4.325 1 4.279 1
Course origins
In 1926-27, a golf course was built by manual labor and horse-drawn equipment. This backbreaking work produced Cog Hill No. 1. It opened on Fourth of July weekend, 1927. The original No. 2 course opened in the fall of 1929. Depite 12 years of the Great Depression, the golf course prospered, and the people who had money continued to make their way to Cog Hill.
In 1963, Dick Wilson was hired to build a third course. After completing that design, he was then asked to build a fourth course that would be good enough to hold a national open or PGA Championship. Wilson agreed but, unfortunately, passed away before finishing the project, and Joe Lee completed the course.
Cog Hill has also added five holes adjacent to parts of courses No. 2 and 4 to play during construction and renovation projects. Over the years, Jemsek Golf and Cog Hill have hosted many national championships. Cog Hill hosted the 1970 and 1989 USGA Men's Public Links Championship, the 1987 U.S. Women's Public Links Championship, the 1988 Western Junior and numerous U.S. Open qualifiers and Men's Public Links qualifiers. In 1991, the Western Golf Association brought the Western Open to the Dubsdread course at Cog Hill, where the tournament remained until 2007. Cog Hill hosted the third leg of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, the BMW Championship, in 2007, and it will again from 2009-11.
The Dubsdread Course was built from the natural terrain and is known for its many oak trees lining the fairways and its large, undulating greens. The signature hole on Dubsdread is No. 16, a 397-yard par 4, with a dogleg-left fairway and great views of the countryside. Its green is four-tiered and surrounded by trees. Golf Digest rated Dubsdread as the "Best Public Course" in the state for 1996, and GOLF Magazine chose it 16th among the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S." for 1998. In the category of "America's 100 Greatest Courses," Golf Digest ranked it 59th for 1995-96 and 40th for 99-2000. GOLFWEEK ranked it 16th in the category of "America's 100 Best Modern Courses" for 1997, 27th for 1998 and 29th for 1999.
Dubsdread reopened the spring of 2009 after a $5.2 million renovation was completed, a project led by Rees Jones that began after Cog Hill hosted the 2007 BMW Championship. Changes included the reconstruction of all greens and tee complexes, reshaping of the fairways, a new risk-reward pond on No. 7, significant tree management, the repositioning and sculpting of all 98 bunkers, a new irrigation system, additional drainage, and Sub-Air aeration and moisture removal systems were installed on all 19 greens (including the practice green). -- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Bellerive CC St. Louis, Mo. 1953, 2008
Beverly CC Chicago, Ill. 1910, 1963, 1967, 1970
Blue Mound CC Milwaukee, Wisc. 1916
Blythefield CC Belmont, Mich. 1961
Brentwood CC Brentwood, Calif. 1950
Brookfield CC Buffalo, N.Y. 1948
Butler National GC Oak Brook, Ill. 1974-1990
Calumet CC Homewood, Ill. 1924
Canterbury GC Beechwood, Ohio 1932,1937
CC of Peoria Peoria, Ill. 1934
Cincinnati GC Cincinnati, Ohio 1905
Cog Hill G&CC (Dubsdread) Lemont, Ill. 1991-2007, 2009-present
Colonial CC Memphis, Tenn. 1923
Davenport CC Davenport, Iowa 1936, 1951
Euclid Club Euclid, Ohio 1902
Glen Oak CC Glen Ellyn, Ill. 1915
Glen View GC Chicago, Ill. 1899
Highland G&CC Indianapolis, Ind. 1926
Hinsdale GC Hinsdale, Ill. 1907
Homewood CC Homewood, Ill. 1906
Idlewild CC Flossmoor, Ill. 1912
Indianwood G&CC Lake Orion, Mich. 1930
Interlachen CC Edina, Minn. 1914
Keller GC St. Paul, Minn. 1949
Kent CC Grand Rapids, Mich. 1904, 1911
Kenwood CC Cincinnati, Ohio 1954
Mayfield CC Cleveland, Ohio 1919
Medinah CC Medinah, Ill. 1939, 1962, 1966
Memphis CC Memphis, Tenn. 1913
Miami Valley GC Dayton, Ohio 1931
Midlothian CC Midlothian, Ill. 1901, 1969, 1973
Milwaukee CC Milwaukee, Wisc. 1903
Normandie GC St. Louis, Mo. 1908
North Shore GC Chicago, Ill. 1928
Oakland Hills CC Birmingham, Mich. 1922
Oakwood Club Cleveland Heights, Ohio 1921
Olympia Fields CC Olympia Fields, Ill. 1920, 1927, 1933, 1968, 1971
Ozaukee CC Mequon, Wisc. 1929
Phoenix GC Phoenix, Ariz. 1941, 1942
Pittsburgh Field Club Aspinwall, Pa. 1959
Plum Hollow GC Southfield, Mich. 1957
Portland GC Portland, Ore. 1955
Presidio CC San Francisco, Calif. 1956
Red Run GC Royal Oak, Mich. 1958
River Oaks CC Houston, Texas 1940
Salt Lake City CC Salt Lake City, Utah 1947
Skokie CC Glencoe, Ill. 1909
South Bend CC South Bend, Ind. 1935
Sunset CC St. Louis, Mo. 1946
Sunset Ridge Winnetka, Ill. 1972
Tam OShanter CC Niles, Ill. 1964, 1965
Western G&CC Redford, Mich. 1960
Westmoreland CC Wilmette, Ill. 1917
Westwood CC St. Louis, Mo. 1938, 1952
Youngstown CC Youngstown, Ohio 1925

The TOUR moves west to the Chicago area for the third week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup -- the BMW Championship. Learn more about this week's venue, Cog Hill Golf and Country Club -- Dubsdread course.

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