Beverly Country Club
Illinois, United States of America

Eighth hole,425 yards; Ron Prichard’s successful restoration plan centered around the usual: fell trees to re-establish original playing corridors, re-do the bunkers in a manner consistent with Ross’s work, and expand the putting surfaces to their original sizes (i.e.closer to the edges of the green pads). However, as it relates to the third point, Prichard had an interesting dilemma. The eighth green originally was only one-third of its present size. In preparation for hosting the 1963 Western Open, the green was dramatically expanded and now measures a whopping sixty-five yards from front to back. The angle of the green coupled with the graceful slope at its back affords a number of interesting hole locations/shots. While Ross never designed a green remotely similar to it, nonetheless, the present day green has great golf qualities. In the end, Prichard wisely opted to leave the green its full size. As seen below, it works wonderfully well.

The approach with the new bunkers into the long eighth green.

The present day eighth green affords a number of interesting hole locations, including this front pin from the recent green expansion.

Eleventh hole,595 yards and Fifteenth hole, 465 yards; These two holes are grouped together because they parallel one other and are located on the same patch of ideal golf country on what was once rolling sand dunes. Both holes have long garnered attention in the state of Illinois and provide the back nine with plenty of muscle. The golfer is amazed to find such topography, especially after his drive to the Club.

Twelfth hole, 160 yards; The severe pitch of the green coupled with the idyllic pond remind the golfer of another famous Ross one shotter: the third at Pine Needles. Prichard regained the original depth of the five greenside bunkers, giving this hole additional menace beyond its challenging putting surface.

The far back left and right hole locations are particularly difficult as the green slopes away at its rear corners.

Fourteenth hole, 330 yards; As Beverly is famous for its big finish from the fifteenth in, the golfer might be lulled into complacency when he steps onto the tee of this modest length two shotter, which plays even shorter as it is downhill. However, a clear attack plan is imperative. Should the golfer lay back from the tee to avoid the fairway bunkers to the left and right that protect the 100 yard mark? Should he slot his drive in between the two bunkers and be left with his trusty pitching wedge? Should he drive past the fairway bunkers and seek to get as close to the green as possible? Part of the answer lies with the day’s hole location – the golfer must be able to control his approach, keeping it below the hole at all costs on this steeply pitched green.

Sixteenth hole, 415 yards; The hole is made by its shelf green that comes off the hillside on the right. The green site reminds the golfer of the mirror image of some at Royal Dornoch where several shelf greens come off the hillside from the left.

Seventeenth hole, 205 yards; While the hole has plenty of length, the real challenge is the hog-backed green which is pitched from back to front.

Only a well struck long iron will find the correct portion of the seventeenth green.

Beverly was extremely well regarded within the Ross family of courses when it hosted the 1931 U.S. Amateur. The good player has long been attracted to its exemplary routing and the strength of its challenge. Since then, it has had its share of tough times. However,as Prichard’s Master Plan is fully adopted, Beverly is once again commanding the respect and attention that it did in 1931 when Ouimet won his final match.

Beverly poses the same degree of challenge today that it did in 1931 when Francis Ouimet and Bob Jones happily chatted beneath the clubhouse.

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