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Bolingbrook Announces Plans for New Championship Golf Course


On October 24th, Bolingbrook (Ill.) Mayor Roger C. Claar announced that PGA Tour player John Daly and Canadian golf course architect John Robinson will join forces to design a new 18-hole course adjacent to the existing Bolingbrook Golf Club, bringing the facility to 36 holes.

The new course will augment Bolingbrook Golf Club, designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 2002. “Having two uniquely designed courses in the locale will attract avid golfers from across the Midwest,” said Mayor Claar.

A 76,000-square-foot clubhouse, complete with two restaurants and banquet facilities, accompanies the original course. Bolingbrook Golf Club hosts the Tom Dreesen Celebrity Invitational, a stop on the Celebrity Players Tour, which made its third consecutive run at the facility this summer. Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports manages Bolingbrook Golf Club and will assume management of facility operations of the Daly/Robinson course upon opening.

Daly’s first PGA Tour win took place at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. “Beginning with John’s victory at Crooked Stick, he has thrilled golf crowds worldwide with his prodigious drives and daring style of play,” added Mayor Claar. Daly’s first signature course, Wicked Stick, is located in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The new Bolingbrook layout has been tentatively named Big Stick in recognition of Daly’s first Tour victory and first course design.

Big Stick will stretch more than 8,200 yards from the tips, bringing John’s “grip-it-and-rip-it” style of golf to Illinois. The par-5 holes will exceed 600 yards, the par-4s will measure more than 450 yards, and each par-3 will feature a tee that makes that particular hole difficult and memorable. Daly’s vision for the links-style course also encompasses long, open fairways with a challenging approach and undulating greens.

“I have a passion for building golf courses and look forward to making Big Stick one of the longest tracks in the country with a number of tee boxes to allow for maximum playability,” said Daly.

Daly turned professional in 1987. Among his victories are the PGA Championship (1991), B.C. Open (1992), BellSouth Classic (1994), British Open (1995), BMW International Open (2001), Pebble Beach Invitational (2003) and the Buick Invitational (2004). In 2004, Daly was named “Comeback Player of the Year.” The PGA Tour notable also collaborated on design of Thundering Waters Golf Club, the first John Daly signature golf course in Canada.

Big Stick will be located off the I-55/Weber Road interchange, just north of Bolingbrook Golf Club, and will include an ancillary golf shop and starter building, parking and food service. Access to the main clubhouse will be via a tunnel under Rodéo Drive.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office in Bolingbrook, 375 West Briarcliff Road, at 630/226-8416.