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Awards & History

Awards

  • 2021 Best in State, Golf Digest
  • 2021 Best Public Golf Course, West Suburban Living
  • 2020 Top 50 Public Facilities, Golf Range Association of America
  • 2020 Best of Weddings, The Knot
  • 2019 Most Versatile Public Golf Facilities in America, Golf Advisor
  • 2019 Best Wedding Venue, West Suburban Living
  • 2018 Player Development Award, National Golf Course Owners Association
  • 2018 Top 25 in U.S. for Staff Friendliness, Golf Advisor
  • 2018 Top 10 Place to Play in Illinois, Golf Advisor
  • 2002 Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play for Under $100, Travel and Leisure Golf
  • 2000 Top 50 Courses You Can Play in America, GOLF
  • 1996 Top 75 Courses You Can Play in America, Golf Digest
  • 1990 Top 25 Public Courses in America, Golf Digest
  • 1989 Best New Public Course in America, Golf Digest

Multiple Years:

  • Best in State, Golf Digest
  • Best Public Golf Course, West Suburban Living
  • Best Places You Can Play in Illinois, Golfweek
  • Best 100 Golf Shops in America, Golf Operations
  • Environmental Steward Award, Audubon International
  • Humanitarian Award, Revelation Golf
  • Best of Weddings, The Knot

Golf Pro Awards

  • 2020 Connie DeMattia, Illinois PGA Player Development Award
  • 2020 Emily Burns, U.S. Kids Top 50 Kids Coach
  • 2019 Greg Baresel, Best Teachers in Illinois, Golf Digest
  • 2019 Connie DeMattia, Best Teachers in Illinois, Golf Digest
  • 2019 Connie DeMattia, Illinois PGA Youth Player Development Award
  • 2019 Jason Hyatt, College of DuPage Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 2018 Emily Burns, U.S. Kids Top 50 Kids Coach
  • 2017 Greg Baresel, Illinois PGA Youth Player Development Award
  • 2014 Jason Hyatt, Region IV Division III Coach of the Year
  • 2010 Connie DeMattia, Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year
  • 2009 Jason Hyatt, Illinois PGA Stroke Play Champion

Tournaments Hosted

  • 2019 Illinois State Amateur Championship
  • 2014 Illinois State Amateur Championship
  • 2014 Chicago Open
  • 2013 Women's Illinois State Amateur
  • 2013 Chicago Open
  • 2012 CDGA Amateur
  • 2008 Illinois State Amateur Championship
  • 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship
  • 2006 Western Junior Amateur Championship
  • 1998 Illinois PGA Club Professional Championship
  • 1996 Illinois State Amateur Championship

Qualifying Events

  • U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier (multiple years)
  • U.S. Amateur Qualifier (multiple years)
  • U.S. Women's Open Sectional Qualifier (2003)
  • U.S. Women's Mid-Am Qualifier (2003)

About Cantigny Golf

The building of Cantigny Golf began in 1986 and was completed in 1988. Play began in 1989. The course was designed by Roger Packard and constructed by Wadsworth Construction Company. Jacobson Golf Course Design updated the links in 2003.

Cantigny Golf’s official dedication took place on June 5, 1989, with a 9-hole exhibition featuring two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North and three top amateurs from Illinois. In its January 1990 issue, Golf Digest would declare Cantigny the “Best New Public Course in America.”

Cantigny Youth Links, our 9-hole course just for kids, debuted in 1999. The Cantigny Golf Academy opened in 2008.


Colonel McCormick

History

Cantigny is the former estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955) and part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

McCormick was the grandson of a newspaper pioneer, Joseph Medill, one of the early publishers and owners of the Chicago Tribune. McCormick built upon his grandfather’s legacy, was publisher and editor of the Tribune for more than 40 years, and built a media empire which included WGN Radio and WGN Television.

McCormick had many roles in his life, including public servant, citizen soldier, philanthropist, and staunch defender of the First Amendment, especially the freedom of press.

Colonel McCormick served in the Illinois National Guard and, in 1917, at age 36, volunteered for duty in France during World War I. As a member of the Army’s First Division, he fought at the Battle of Cantigny, America’s first major battle and first victory of the Great War. He renamed his farm in Wheaton “Cantigny” after returning from Europe.

The Colonel was among Chicago’s first major philanthropists, and his will established what would become one of the nation’s leading charitable foundations. Since 1955, the McCormick Foundation has invested more than $1.5 billion in the areas of journalism, education, social services, civic engagement, and veteran programs.

The Foundation also oversees Cantigny Park, a 500-acre center for recreation, learning and civic engagement. In addition to Cantigny Golf, the property features McCormick House, the First Division Museum, and spectacular display gardens. Please visit Cantigny.org for more information.

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