The sprawling and stylish clubhouse isn't the only thing that is outsized at the Medinah Country Club, which was established in the 1920s. The club offers three courses, helpfully named by number; the 3 is known for having been the site of the PGA Championship in 2006 and the Ryder Cup in 2012. More than simply up to tournament level, this course is one of the most demanding imaginable. Space on the layout is tight, which will drive accomplished players to distraction and less skilled ones to despair. Rees Jones was brought in to refurbish the greens in the 2000s and to increase the number of teeing options. Many of the holes are not too distinctive, but a few are memorable, including four par 3s with forced water carries and the 197-yard 17th. The experience itself is certainly unforgettable owing to the superb maintenance and the traditional character of the club.
Tom Bendelow, Rees Jones