Midlothian Country Club
Midlothian Country Club holds a special place in the history of the Western Golf Association and golf in America. One of the founding clubs of the WGA in 1899, Midlothian was one of the country’s first 18-hole golf courses. In its early days, it was one of the only golf clubs in the world to own its own railroad, which it used to ferry members the three miles between the club and Chicago.
The Herbert J. Tweedie design has hosted a number of prestigious professional and amateur events. Billy Casper won the 1969 and 1973 Western Opens at Midlothian, and Walter Hagen captured the 1914 U.S. Open. The club also hosted the 1901 Western Open and the 1901 and 1917 Western Amateurs. This will be Midlothian’s third Western Junior championship.
Location: Midlothian, IL
Architect: Herbert J. Tweedie (1898); Raymond Hearn (2022)
Head Golf Professional: Brandon Adair
Golf Course Superintendent: Chris Flick
Club Website: Midlothian Country Club
2024: Ruth Lake Country Club
Location: Hinsdale, IL
Architect: William B. Langford and Theodore J. Moreau (1922); Arthur Hills (2005)
Founded in 1922 by nine local businessmen, Ruth Lake Country Club – like Ruth Lake, which comes into play on multiple holes – was named for Linus Ruth, a Hinsdale native who died in World War I. Renowned architects William B. Langford and Theodore J. Moreau designed the classic 18-hole layout, and Arthur Hills oversaw a restoration in 2005. Drew Rogers did a bunker renovation in 2019-2020.
At 6,700 yards from the championship tees, the par 71 layout will test the field. Ruth Lake Country Club has hosted a number of championships and qualifiers for the PGA TOUR Champions, LPGA and USGA, including qualifiers for the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Mid-Am.