• HOURS & LOCATION

    Downers Grove Golf Club
    2420 Haddow Avenue
    Downers Grove, IL 60515
    (630) 963-1306
    Fax: (630) 963-9435

    Directions

    Course Hours
    Sunday - Saturday, Sunrise to Dusk (weather permitting)

    OPENING DAY
    Saturday, March 4, 2017


    Off Season - November to March
    Course and Driving Range will open when weather conditions are suitable.

    Holiday Closings
    1/1-1/2, 11/23, 12/24-12/26, 12/31
    11/24-11/25 Pending Weather Conditions

    Off-Season Clubhouse Hours
    Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


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    Reserve your tee time up to seven days in advance by calling 630-963-1306, booking online or booking in person at the clubhouse. No prepayment is required, so simply book your tee time, and pay individually at check in. Reservations for single golfers are welcome. If you'd like a tee time before 12:00 pm please call the clubhouse and we'll aim to match you up with another single golfer, pair or threesome.

    RESERVE A TEE TIME course Weather Status

    Permanent Tee Time Program

    The Permanent Tee Time program offers a 24-week season of golf at a reserved starting time on either Friday or Sunday Mornings. A complete foursome is required to obtain a permanent tee time. The 2017 season runs April 14 - September 22 for Friday tee times and April 16 - September 24 for Sunday tee times. Permanent tee times begin at 6:00 am and continue through 9:30 am. Due to our Crosstown Classic, tee times are not available on Sunday August 20.

    To obtain a Permanent Permanent Tee Time stop by the Clubhouse after April 3. Fees are *$125 per foursome and must be paid in full at the time of sign up.

    *Weekly greens fees not included


    Satisfaction Survey

    Please take our short survey to help us improve our service and allow us to better understand the needs of our golfers. It will take you less than 5 minutes, and it will help us out tremendously. Enter your email address at the end of the survey and we'll send you a coupon for a free fountain drink redeemable at the Clubhouse. You will also be placed in a monthly drawing for a free round of golf .

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    2017 Golf Club Rates

    Green Fees Resident Non-Resident
    Weekday Mon-Thu $18 $22
    Mon-Fri - Junior/Senior $15 $19
    Weekend (Fri,Sat,Sun-Holiday) $20 $24
    Replay Weekday $12 $12
    Replay Weekend $12 $12
    Twilight Rate (After 6:00 pm) Starting May 22
    $12 $12
    Club Cards Resident Non-Resident
    A Pass - unlimited $990 n/a
    B Pass - Mon-Thu before 4pm, Fri-Sun & Holidays after 4pm $650 n/a
    C Pass (Senior) - Mon-Thu before 4pm, Fri-Sun & Holidays after 4pm $625 n/a
    Carts & Clubs - no additional charge for replay rounds Resident Non-Resident
    Motorized Cart $11 $11
    Motorized Cart for replay round FREE FREE
    Pull Cart $3 $3
    Pull Cart for replay round FREE FREE
    Clubs w/bag FREE FREE

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    Driving Range

    Driving Range Fee
    Small (30 balls) $5
    Medium (60 balls) $8
    Large (90 balls) $11
    X-Large (120 balls) $13
    Range Cards Pre-Pay Rate
    Iron ($50 Value) $45
    Wood ($80 Value) $70
    Driver ($115 Value) $100

    24 hitting stations, a large practice putting green, sand trap and chipping area. Target areas are located throughout the range and are prominently marked.We are happy to provide loaner clubs for use on the range by golfers of all ages.


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    Pro Shop

    Merchandise from Titleist, Pinnacle, Wilson and Top Flite is available for purchase in the Clubhouse Pro Shop. A selection of men's and women's apparel features pieces from Under Armour, Monterey Club, Glen Echo and Texace.

    Food and Beverage

    Stop in after your round or bucket and enjoy the view of the course from our 4,000 sq. ft. clubhouse. Relax and choose from our traditional sandwiches and snacks. Cool off with a variety of soft drinks, domestic and imported beer, and wine. You can also enjoy the news or games on our two HD televisions.

  • 1892 Loyalty Club

    Join our new loyalty club and get rewarded the more you play!

    • Free to Join
    • Free round for every 10 played in a calendar year*
    • Free sign up gift
    • Free bucket on your birthday
    • Discounts to Pro-Shop
    • Discounts on select events
    • Invite to 1892 Tournament
    • *Free round can't be applied to golf league greens fees

    How to join? Ask to be a member when checking in at the clubhouse! We'll get enroll you in our 1892 Loyalty Club and print your membership card that day! You can begin using your membership right away!

  • Dan Cermak Clubhouse Rentals

    Downers Grove Golf Club
    2420 Haddow Avenue
    (630) 963-1306

    The Dan Cermak Clubhouse at Downers Grove Golf Club offers a park-like setting and a scenic panorama for social gatherings, group meetings or corporate functions. The Clubhouse includes use of the main and south rooms and can accommodate up to 60 people. The South room is perfect for small meetings or social gatherings and can accommodate up to 30 people.

    Availability

    March through October Evening rental requests after 5:30 pm will be considered on a case by case basis during the golf season. *Golf Course activity may impede exclusivity of the clubhouse during the early evening hours.

    November through February Rental requests are considered up to one-year in advance.

    Area Capacity Hourly Rate
    Clubhouse 60 $100/hour (minimum of 3-hour rental)
    Clubhouse South Room 30 $40/hour (minimum of 3-hour rental)
    Downers Grove Park District residents and recognized organizations will be granted a 10% discount on hourly rental fees during non-premium hours Monday through Thursday. Residents may be asked to supply proof of residency by supplying a property tax statement and/or a current utility bill. Access to the facility is within the time frame stated on the rental agreement.This includes time needed for decorations, set-up and clean-up.

    Audio/Visual equipment $15 per item

    Setup Diagrams

    Click on each setup style below to get an idea for your specific event needs.

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    How to Book


    Please call the clubhouse at 630-963-1308 for all rental requests. A $75 deposit, full rental fees, completed facility application and a minimum of two weeks notice are required to secure your date.

  • Junior Golf Camps

    Participants must have their own golf clubs. Camps are led by our two certified Golf Professionals, Jim Festle and Tom Olms.

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    Spring/Summer 2017 Camps

    Full details available in the Summer 2017 camp guide published in February 2017

    Start Smart Golf Camps (Parent/Child): 3 & 4 Years with Parent

    Positive reinforcement, FUN activities and exciting equipment are combined to help parents teach their children and develop the motor skills necessary to begin learning and playing the game of golf. The program utilizes a unique line of products that have been proven safe and developmentally appropriate teaching aides for anyone learning to play golf. Our certified golf professionals introduce your youngster to the great game. He or she will develop ball sense and feel for the golf swing using the driving range and practice green. Practice balls and USGA rules book are provided.

    Little Linkers Golf Camps: 5 to 7 Years

    Your little one can learn the right way to play golf with solid fundamentals and an emphasis on golf techniques and swing mechanics. The program also utilizes a unique line of products that have been proven safe and developmentally appropriate teaching aides for anyone learning to play golf, kids will still use their own golf clubs for portions of camp. Our certified golf professionals and their staff introduce your youngster to the game on the driving range and practice green. Practice balls and USGA rules book are provided. Camper to instructor ratio is 8:1.

    Girls Only Golf Camp: 5 to 14 Years

    Your rising star can learn golf from certified instructors and experience competition in a relaxed and supportive environment. Our certified golf professionals will introduce the game especially to girls on the driving range and practice green. Practice balls and USGA rules book are provided. Camper to instructor ratio is 8:1

    Junior Aces Golf Camp: 8 to 14 Years

    Aspiring golfers are grouped according to age/ability for instruction on the basics of the golf swing, etiquette, driving range and putting on the practice green. Our certified golf professionals will help young golfers develop the confidence, independence and focus needed for the game of golf. Course play is limited to a few holes with supervision. Practice balls and USGA rules book are provided.

    Intramural Golf Program: Grades 5th through 8th

    Students learn the game on the course with instruction on the basics of the golf swing, golf etiquette, putting and play. Junior golfers will attend a lesson and orientation on the driving range the first week, followed by three supervised rounds of golf the last three weeks.

    HS Prep Camp: 12 to 18 Years

    The high school camp is a six-hour group lesson over three days that touches on every aspect of the game. Our two golf professionals tailor the class to the needs of every golfer. The week concludes with a 9 hole playing lesson with the professionals. The is the perfect lead up to the high school season!

  • GOLF COURSE HISTORY

    Golfing since 1892

    historic clubhouseThe Downers Grove Golf Club holds a significant place in U.S. History. The golf course was established on this site in 1892 as the original Chicago Golf Club, when Charles Blair MacDonald, who was, according to Golf Journal, "a true and imposing pioneer of golf in America" persuaded thirty of his Chicago Club colleagues to contribute ten dollars each to design and construct a nine-hole golf course.

    The site that was chosen to build the first Chicago Golf Club was a sixty-acre stock farm owned by A. Haddow Smith. A.H. Smith was a Lanarkshire golfer who had immigrated in 1890 to the United States from Musselburgh, Scotland where the game of golf was first played in 1774. When Smith heard of Macdonald's plan, he enthusiastically offered his land as the location for the new golf course. Since no regulation cups were available, the course used tin cups.

    America's First 18 Hole Golf Course

    The golf course was completed and ready for play in the late spring of 1892. Thus America's first golf course west of the Allegheny mountain range had been established. When the inaugural season had ended, Macdonald convinced Chicago Golf Club members to add nine more holes to the course. Therefore, in 1893, the first eighteen-hole golf course in the United States was established on this site. (chartered by the State of Illinois in 1893). The club was also one of the five founding clubs of the USGA (United States Golf Association).

    By 1895, Chicago Golf Club members had become so taken with the sport that they decided to build a new eighteen-hole golf course on two-hundred acres of land located near Wheaton, Illinois. The Chicago Golf Club is still in existence there today. Shortly thereafter, the Downers Grove site reverted back to 9 holes. Many changes to this course have occurred through the last 110 plus years, however, much of the original course remains including holes 2, 4, 7, 8 & 9.

    From 1895 to 1968, the site of the Downers Grove Golf Club was owned by several different individuals and was operated under the names of The Illinois Golf Club and later the Belmont Country Club. In 1968, the course was purchased by the Downers Grove Park District and was renamed the Downers Grove Golf Club.

  • Leagues and Outings

    Interested In Joining a Golf League?

    The Downers Grove Golf Club has a variety of leagues to fulfill all of your golfing needs. For additional information please contact golfleagues@dgparks.org

    View the Golf League Calendar

    Name Play Day Contact Contact Number
    Senior Men's League Monday Mornings Al Liska 630-968-4143
    Junior League
    Open to Boys & Girls
    Monday Afternoons Downers Grove Golf Club 630-963-1308
    Women's 4-person Scramble League
    FULL - Sub/Draft List now forming. Register online (188538-01) or call 630-960-7500
    Monday/Tuesday Evenings
    Downers Grove Golf Club 630-963-1308
    Women's League Tuesday Mornings Dannell Schultz 630-325-3031
    Butterfield League Tuesday Evenings Scott Albers 630-347-5230
    Women's League Wednesday Mornings Carol Boucek 630-323-6444
    Valdes Engineering Wednesday Evenings Barry Dickerson 630-729-1886
    Women's League Thursday Mornings Judy Vietzke 630-833-9337
    Good Samaritan Hospital Thursday Evenings BJ Ray 630-275-2209
    Men's League Saturday Mornings Larry Hepler 630-852-3296
    Men's League Saturday Mornings Bob Carter 630-781-1289

    Golf Outings

    Charitable Golf Outings
    Corporate Golf Outings
    Family/Friends Golf Outings
    Bachelor Party Golf Outings

    Whether you are planning a corporate or charity golf event, or perhaps are just looking for a great day out with the guys or girls, Downers Grove puts on an event your guests will not soon forget. At the end of the day, you can say you played at the site of the oldest golf course in the United States. For more information, please contact the Golf Club at 630-963-1306.

    Upcoming Tournaments & Opens

    Tournament or Open
    Date How to Register
    More information
    Pine Hollow Open
    *Men Only
    April 29
    In-person or call the Clubhouse at 630-963-1306
    Call the Clubhouse at 630-963-1306
    Couples Scramble

    July 15 Online or in-person
    Program # 188517-01
    Page 78 in the Spring/Summer Guide
    Crosstown Classic

    August 20
    Online or in-person
    Program # 188532-01
    Page 78 in the Spring/Summer Guide
  • Instruction & Golf Academy

    The Golf Academy at the Downers Grove Golf Club started in 1993 with the addition of our 300 yard, 24-station driving range and short game area. The Academy covers everything from full swing to course management and short-game analysis as well as putting consistency. From 30-minute private lessons, to one-hour golf schools, to week long golf camps, the Downers Grove Golf Academy offers a multitude of customized group and private teaching programs.

    View Current Golf lesson Programs

    Instructor Bios

    Jim Festle, PGCTA Golf Instructor

    Jim is starting his 18th season at Downers Grove Golf course. He previously managed and taught at the Diversey Driving Range in Chicago. Last year, he became the varsity golf coach at Riverside Brookfield High School where he had three players advance to the IHSA state sectionals.

    He has now given lessons to well over 200 high school golfers and has had numerous go on to play college golf. He has also given high school team clinics and group lessons the past decade at Downers Grove Golf Club.

    His teaching philosophy is to keep the golf swing as simple and easy to understand as possible. By sticking with the fundamentals and developing good practice habits, golfers should have some degree of success depending on how much quality time is put into practice. By repeating a fundamentally sound swing, developing a "feel" for a good swing, and creating good muscle memory, the student will develop a good golf swing.

    Tom Olms, USGTF Affiliate Member

    Tom Olms began teaching golf in 1990 as the assistant golf professional at Village Greens Golf Course where he developed the Junior Golf Program. Tom is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and received a bachelor's degree in science. He was recently involved in the creation of a swing training device unique to the teaching field.

    He is a USGTF Affiliate Member. His training helped him translate how to properly understand and feel what a sound golf swing requires. Stressing the most fundamental aspects of the golf swing and proper mechanics are his keys to a repeatable swing. With practice and patience all of his students have benefited from his teaching methods.


    Adult Programming

    The Golf Academy has various levels of instruction for the adult golfers. Whether it's a private setting, group atmosphere or just a night out with the ladies, our instructors will cater to your golf needs. Please browse our adult options for golf lessons and clinics.

    Private Adult Lessons

    Private golf lessons provide a one-on-one atmosphere with one of our certified golf professionals for 1/2 hour sessions. The analysis of the swing is explained and taught at the student's level of understanding. All golf balls are included with each lesson.

    Private Adult Lessons - 1/2 Hour
    Single $50
    Series of 3 $145
    Series of 6 $265
    Series of 9 $370
    Series of 12 $460

    Semi Private Adult or Junior Lessons

    Semi-private lessons provide golf instruction in a group setting. Learn the golf game or improve your skills with someone you know. All lessons are conducted in 1-hour increments. All golf balls are included with each lesson.

    Semi-Private Adult or Junior Lessons - 1 Hour
    2 Students $45 each
    3 Students $40 each
    4 Students $35 each
    5 Students $30 each

    Private Junior Lessons

    Private golf lessons provide a one-on-one atmosphere with one of our certified golf professionals for 1/2 hour sessions. The analysis of the swing is explained and taught at the student's level of understanding.

    Private Junior (22 years old and younger) Lessons - 1/2 Hour
    Single $40
    Series of 3 $115
    Series of 6 $205
    Series of 9 $290
    Series of 12 $350

    Academies, Schools, & Group Lessons

    Junior Golf Development Academy: 10 to 18 Years Old

    This 10-week program is designed for junior golfers who are looking to improve their game and prepare for competition. Participants will receive a driving range pass that is good for 30 large buckets which can be utilized on the driving range or in the practice bunker area. Students will also have the opportunity to play one round for 8 consecutive Friday evenings under the supervision and tutelage of our two golf instructors.

    Women's Only Golf School

    This school provides golf instruction in a group atmosphere with all women. It is a four week school that covers a new aspect of the golf game each week. All lessons are taught in 1-hour sessions and golf balls are included. Pre-registration is required.

    Parent/Child Golf Lessons

    Learn the great game of golf with your child! Classes accommodate all skill levels. Topics covered include grip, stance, swing, club selection, ball striking and basic etiquette and rules. All students must provide their own clubs.