Tom Fazio, Andy Banfield
Members and their guests
Tom Fazio designed the course for Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest IL, about an hour north of Chicago, in 1991. At a sizable 6156 meters, this is still a walking course, with caddies for hire. The layout is challenging but quite lovely, being set amid native wetlands. The holes are of various shapes and sizes. A number of short par 4s will put players to the test, such as the doglegged 342-yard 15th, which plays to the left beside a large pond to an hourglass green protected by a pair of imposing bunkers. The signature hole is the 520-yard 8th, which confronts golfers with a ball-eating bunker that is simultaneously towering and cavernous. Among the tournaments that Conway Farms has hosted are a Division I NCAA Championship and a Western Amateur Championship. Upkeep is superb, and among the amenities are immaculate hitting turf and a fine driving range.