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2800 Country Club Dr
Olympia Fields, IL  60461-1534
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South Front 9 Course

9 hole regulation length course

Private golf course

72 par | 6,594 yards | 132 slope

72.3 rating | Bent grass

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South Front 9 Golf Course

The 9-hole "South Front 9" course at the Olympia Fields Country Club facility in Olympia Fields, Illinois features 6,594 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.3 and it has a slope rating of 132 on Bent grass. Designed by Willie Park, Jr./(R) Steven R. Smyers, ASGCA, the South Front 9 golf course opened in 2008. Adam Nickerson manages the course as the General Manager.


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Reviewed October 21, 2020

Olympia Fields is a historic, championship-level course just outside of Chicago. The original course (founded in 1915) had 72-holes. Two courses were eventually sold off, and now the South and North courses remain.

The South course was designed by Tom Bendelow, who was nicknamed “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf.” He designed over 600 courses in his lifetime. Two-time Open winner and course designer Willie Park Jr. designed the North course, which recently hosted the 2020 BMW Championship.

About 10 years ago, the South course was rehabilitated by Steve Smyers. The focus was on improving drainage and bunker construction. Members tend to favor the North course for its Championship-level status, but the South course still has plenty to offer.

Olympia Fields South is an undulating course with a number of elevation changes. Heavy treelines, false fronts, sand bunkers and a creek are some of the main hazards you can expect on this course. Watch out for bunkers that tend to be clustered together in pairs as well. You’ll also encounter a number of blind dogleg shots.

The front nine are longer and more challenging than the back nine. There are three tee boxes. The shortest hole is #3 at 82 yards (from the men’s gold tee), and the round wraps up with the longest hole which is #18 at 477 yards. Greens are very fast. Maintenance is impeccable.

The signature hole is #17 - expect a tight fairway and a blind shot (doglegs right) at 374 yards long. Holes #9 (338 yards), #11 (290 yards) are also blind shots that dogleg to the right. You’ll encounter the creek running through and along a number of holes on the course, including #4, #9, #12, #14 and #18.

This is a world-class course and an important part of American Golf History. Play with a caddie for the best experience. The clubhouse can’t be missed, with a clock tower and cathedral-like construction. Food and service are both outstanding.

Beverages Available Caddies Cart Included Challenging Food Available Pro Shop Putting Green Quick Pace Scenic Well Maintained
Reviewed March 28, 2011

The South course at Olympia Fields should now be ranked in the top 100 golf courses in America. This course is difficult with great elevation, fast greens, and many tight tree lines fairways. Overall I like it even better than the highly praised North course but slightly behind Medinah #3


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 douglas R. 10 82 72 08/09/10
2 Patrick B. N/A 74 74 06/01/07
3 Kevin O. 22 102 80 10/17/08
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About Olympia Fields, South Front 9

Olympia Fields Country Club

Golf Only facility

20 tees driving range

36 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Adam Nickerson, General Manager
Sam McKenzie, Superintendent

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