2020 BMW Championship
Founded in 1915, Olympia Fields Country Club was an elite private membership-only club catering to rich industrialists and created by legendary architects that became known as “America’s Crown Jewels of Golf.” Over the next decade it would succeed in creating one of the world’s most impressive golf getaways.
It was during this Golden Age that some of the most prestigious golf courses were created - Cypress Point, Winged Foot, Medinah - and along with them Olympia Fields.
By 1925, the club boasted four 18-hole courses and the largest private clubhouse in the world with an 80-foot, four-faced clock tower visible to golfers from all four first tees. With 72 holes of golf, a dining room that seated 800, a cafe seating 600, an outdoor dancing pavilion with 500 feet of veranda, its own ice-making plant and hospital and a hundred private cottages on 692 acres, few sites could offer what the Olympia Fields Country Club could.
The grandeur of this oasis in the woods is still apparent today with the English Tudor clubhouse and its regal clock tower that continue to welcome visitors.
Today golf is played over two nationally ranked masterpieces - the North Course (Willie Park Jr.) and the South Course (Tom Bendelow) - whose championship traditions place Olympia Fields in a small circle of the nation's leading golf clubs.
The 2020 BMW Championship will take place August 25-30. The event is the penultimate event in the PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs, with the TOUR’s top 70 players vying to earn one of 30 spots in the season-ending TOUR Championship.
This marks the sixth time the event has taken place at Olympia Fields Country Club, and the first since 1971 when Bruce Crampton claimed the title. Other past champions of the event at Olympia Fields are Jock Hutchinson (1920), Walter Hagen (1927), Macdonald Smith (1933) and Jack Nicklaus (1968).
Olympia Fields has a rich championship tradition of being a tremendous test for the world’s top players. Most recently, Olympia Fields has hosted the 2003 U.S. Open, won by Jim Furyk; the 2015 U.S. Amateur, won by Bryson DeChambeau and the 2017 Women’s PGA Championship, won by Danielle Kang.
“It is a great honor for Olympia Fields Country Club to host the 2020 BMW Championship on our historic North Course, exactly 100 years after Olympia’s first major championship—the 1920 Western Open,” said Joseph Tapajna, president of Olympia Fields Country Club.
The 2020 BMW Championship will be played on Olympia Fields’ famed North Course, designed in 1923 by professional golfer and course architect Willie Park Jr. With the hosting of the U.S. Amateur in 2015, Olympia Fields joined only eight other American clubs – including Winged Foot, Oakland Hills and Cherry Hills – that have hosted the U.S. Open (1928, 2003), the U.S. Senior Open (1997), the PGA Championship (1925, 1961) and the U.S. Amateur (2015).
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About the trophy: J.K. Wadley Trophy - The BMW Championship winner will be presented the J.K. Wadley Trophy at the conclusion of the championship. His name is engraved on the sterling silver cup that has been awarded to the champion since it was donated in 1923 by J.K. Wadley.