Old Elm Club Moves into Golfweek Top 100 Classic Courses

Many have probably seen that Old Elm Club in Highland Park has moved into the Golfweek Top 100 Classic Golf Courses. This course was already on my short list of courses to look at, but I think I am going to get to it sooner than I had thought.

Being from the area, Old Elm has always been a course that I would have risk being attacked by the superintendent’s dog to play. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for detailed topography and color ramp of Old Elm Club. Unfortunately, the data is going to be prior to the restoration that J. Drew Rodgers has been undertaking.

From a quick look of the existing grades, the course has 40 – 50 ft. of elevation change from the northeast portion of the site south and west towards the Skokie River.

Old Elm Club, Highland Park, IL (Photo from Google Maps)

If you are really wanting to look at some other Top 100 courses, take a look at Oakmont Country Club , National Golf Links of America or a small piece of Augusta National Golf Club.


Whistling Straits Let Down, Oakmont Make Up?

I really thought that I had a handle on some decent data for the Pete Dye designed Whistling Straits in northern Wisconsin.  Turns out I didn’t. My goal for that was to put a number to how much dirt was brought in to build the golf course. I’ve heard a few crazy estimates, but didn’t know the real number.

I’m going to keep a look out for that data but hope I can make it up to the visitors of the site.  By the end of the week I am hoping to have a 3D rendering of Oakmont Country Club.

Until then, I hope this photo of the iconic church pew bunker can hold you over.


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