Check our calendar of events for upcoming pop-up food vendors!

 

The Outpost Mexican Eatery
May 11 & 25 from 5-7:30pm

Wednesday Fiesta Night at the Golf Course! Food will be available from the Outpost Mexican Eatery.

Margarita Specials: Modela and Dos Equis are available.

 

Go Doggy Run 
May 6, 20, 21, 27 & 28
Fridays 4-7pm & Saturdays 11-3pm
Chicago style all-beef franks with all the toppings, burgers, sandwiches, tacos. Menu varies.
Requests can be made for additional items to be served for upcoming dates by golfers.

DOWNERS GROVE, IL –The Downers Grove Golf Club is now open for its 130th season. The historic course was established in 1892 as America’s first 18-hole golf course. Now a 9-hole par 36 course, Downers Grove Golf Club is owned and operated by the Downers Grove Park District. Open to the public from sunrise to dusk Sunday through Saturday (weather permitting), the course is located at 2420 Haddow Ave. in Downers Grove, Illinois.

The Downers Grove Golf Club holds a significant place in U.S. history. The course was established in 1892 as the original Chicago Golf Club, when Charles Blair Macdonald, who was, according to Golf Journal, “a true and imposing pioneer of golf in America” persuaded thirty of his Chicago Club colleagues to contribute ten dollars each to design and construct a 9-hole golf course. When the inaugural season had ended, Macdonald convinced Chicago Golf Club members to add nine more holes to the course. Therefore, in 1893, the first eighteen-hole golf course in the United States was established on the site. After numerous owners and after being converted back to a 9-hole course, the site was purchased by the Downers Grove Park District and was renamed the Downers Grove Golf Club in 1968.

Today, the Downers Grove Golf Club offers opportunities for golfers of all ages to experience this stunning, well-maintained course. Children ages 3 to 18 can learn the game of golf and improve skills with golf camps all summer long. Private, semi-private and group lessons are led by two certified golf professionals and include parent/child, junior and adult lessons. A Ladies Scramble League and Junior League for children ages 12 to 18 are offered starting in June. Adult couples can compete against other couples in a friendly competition featuring contests, prizes, dinner and an adult beverage at the Couples Scramble from 2 to 7 pm on July 16.

The driving range at the Downers Grove Golf Club offers a range shelter covering 10 of the 24 hitting stations. The shelter features seating, infrared heaters and ceiling fans that provide a comfortable golf experience even on rainy days. The range also features a large practice putting green, sand trap and chipping area. Renovations were recently completed to the short game area of the driving range to create a new lesson tee. This new lesson tee will provide a truly private learning experience provided by our certified instructors from the PGA, USGTF and PGTCA. A new short game green and bunker will be available behind the lesson tee for use by students and the public.

The newly renovated Clubhouse provides golfers with a comfortable setting to relax, grab a sandwich or snack and enjoy a cold adult beverage. The expanded Pro Shop now offers an extensive line of merchandise from the top manufacturers in the industry. New this summer will be a rotation of local food trucks and vendors on select days.

Last year, Downers Grove Golf Club welcomed a record-setting 44,717 rounds on the course. Ken McCormick, General Manager at the Downers Grove Golf Club, is looking forward to another great season in 2022.

“It’s fantastic to see so many new and returning golfers enjoying this truly unique and historic course. As the course celebrates its 130th anniversary in 2022, we encourage golfers to visit over the coming year to see the great improvements we’ve made and to learn about this significant site and its part of golfing history,” said McCormick.

RESIDENT REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9AM ON MARCH 14
NON-RESIDENT REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9AM ON MARCH 21

Golf Camps at the Downers Grove Golf Club provide an environment where young golfers of all abilities can play, have fun and improve their golf skills. Check out Smart Smart Golf for ages 3-4, Little Linkers for ages 5-7, Junior Aces for ages 8-14 and High School Prep Camp for ages 12-18.

Start Smart Golf
Parents, let our certified golf professionals show you how to teach your youngster the game of golf with positive reinforcement, FUN activities and exciting equipment! Learn how to develop your child’s motor skills, ball sense and feel for the golf swing using the driving range and practice green. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Make-ups will not be accommodated for missed days.
Age: 3-4 Fee: $50

Little Linkers Golf Camp
Our certified golf professionals and their staff introduce young children to the game of golf by teaching solid fundamentals while emphasizing golf techniques and swing mechanics. Each session meets three days on the driving range and practice green. Golfers should bring their own clubs if they have access to a set; a limited number of loaner clubs are available to be shared. Practice balls, USGA rules book and camp T-shirt are included in the cost of the camp. Make-ups will not be accommodated for missed days.
Age: 5-7 Fee: $60

Junior Aces Golf Camp
Our certified golf professionals help junior golfers develop the confidence, independence and focus needed for the great game of golf. Grouped by age and ability, instruction will include the basics of the golf swing, etiquette, woods, irons and the short game. Camps meet Monday to Friday for 45 minutes. Each weekly session includes an evening of supervised course play on the Friday of that session at 6:30pm. We ask that golfers bring their own clubs if they have access to a set, if not a limited number of loaner clubs are available to be shared. Practice balls, USGA rules book and camp T-shirt are included in the cost of the camp. Make-ups will not be accommodated for missed days.
Age: 8-14 Fee: $110

High School Prep Camp
This high school camp is a six-hour group lesson that takes place over three days and concludes with a nine-hole playing lesson on the fourth day! Our golf professionals touch on every aspect of the game and tailor the class to the needs of every golfer. This is the perfect lead up to the high school season! Golfers should have their own clubs.
Make-ups will not be accommodated for missed days.
Age: 12-18 Fee: $175

Registration for the golf clinics is in the Clubhouse or you can call the Clubhouse at 630-963-1306.  The class includes $49 of teaching aids to take home with you.

 

Location:  Downers Grove GC Main putting green

                    2420 Haddow Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515

                    630-963-1306

 

Cost: $89 

 

Eyeline Golf One-Day Clinics 14 and Up

Wednesday, 5/26 5:00-6:00pm and 6:15-7:15pm
Sunday, 6/13 11:30am-12:30pm and 12:45-1:45pm
Monday, 6/21 6:00-7:00pm and 7:15-8:15pm
Saturday, 7/17
12:00-1:00pm and 1:15-2:15pm

 

Jr. Eyeline Golf One-Day Clinics Ages 10-16

Tuesday, 6/15 12:00-1:00 and 1:15-2:15pm
Friday, 7/16 12:00-1:00pm and 1:15-2:15pm

 

Golfers can now download the new Downers Grove Golf Club mobile app for an enhanced experience on the course!

The new app features:

  • GPS Yardage Finder
  • Loyalty Program Perks & Discounts
  • Link to TeeSnap Tee Time Booking
  • Interactive Scorecard
  • Pace of Play Live Tracking
  • Live Leaderboards
  • Push Notifications with Course Updates
  • Golf News and Events
  • Clubhouse Menu

Become a Golf App Advertiser!

Share your company’s message with golfers on the course.

SUPERSPEED GOLF TRAINING

GAIN SPEED – GAIN DISTANCE

Certified Golf Professional Jim Festle brings SuperSpeed Golf training to Downers Grove Golf Club.
The SuperSpeed Golf Training System is the fastest way to increase your club head speed. Over 700 top touring professionals currently use the golf training system and the results speak for themselves.
The system with proper instruction will help you increase the speed and power of your swing by 5% to 8% in as little as 5 weeks of regular practice.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Five training sessions (30 minutes per session) for ages 14+
  • Four training sessions (30 minutes per session) for ages 10-16
  • Your own set of speed sticks to keep ($200 value)
  • Use of radars and individual feedback from Jim Festle

AGES 14+

Class Dates Level Cost Day Time
May 26, June 2, 9 16 & 23

Rain Date 6/30

1 $399 Wed 7:45-8:15 pm

 

May 26, June 2, 9 16 & 23

Rain Date 6/30

1 $399 Wed 8:30-9:00 pm
July 14, 21, 28 August 4 and 11 Rain date 8/18 2 $199          Wed 8:15-8:45 pm

AGES 10-16

Junior Class Dates Level Cost Day Time
June 2, 9, 16, and 23                     Rain date 6/30 1 $349 Wed 4:00-4:30 pm
June 2, 9, 16, and 23                    Rain date 6/30 1 $349 Wed 4:45-5:15 pm
July 1, 8, 15 and 22 Rain date 7/29 2 $159 Thurs 12:00-12:30
July 1, 8, 15 and 22 Rain date 7/29 2 $159 Thurs 5:00-5:30 pm

HOW TO REGISTER

  • Sign up for the class by calling 630.963.1306 or stop by the Clubhouse weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
  • When registering for the class, please let us know if you’d like Men’s, Women’s, Senior or Junior speed sticks. Please go to superspeedgolf.com for more information on the best fitting sticks for you.
  • Questions? Email Ken McCormick, Golf Manager, at kmcormick@dgparks.orgor contact Jim Festle, Golf Pro, at jfestle24@gmail.com or text 630.596.6021.

Foursomes and Carts Starting May 29. Make your Tee Time Now!

We are extremely pleased to announce the following golf guidelines have been approved by the DCEO and will go into effect beginning Friday, May 29:

  • Foursomes
  • 10-minute tee time intervals
  • Golf carts are permitted for individual use or family groups (same household)
  • Driving ranges, practice ranges, chipping greens, and putting greens are permitted with capacity restrictions
  • Outdoor golf lessons will be available for individuals and groups of 10 or less, including the golf instructor(s)
  • Pro Shop will reopen and comply with the retail guidelines
  • Beverage carts will be available on the course
  • Food and beverage service will be available for takeaway to be enjoyed on the patio or on the course (indoor dining is closed)
  • Restrooms in the Clubhouse will be open

PHASE 3 MODIFICATIONS

As we move into phase 3 of the state ordinance we want to assure you that the health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority. We take pride in our clean and safe facilities.  We are proactively taking steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone that sets foot on our property.
Current actions include:
  • Following CDC recommendations and guidelines DGGC will be requiring all guests and staff to wear a face mask when entering the clubhouse. Masks do not need to be worn on the golf course during the round.
  • Routine cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection of all locations, especially commonly touched surfaces, will be done frequently throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer use will be encouraged and readily available to all customers.
  • Modifications to bathroom stalls to minimize contact have been done.
  • Plastic sneeze guards have been installed to create a barrier between the guest and staff during checkout.
  • All golf carts and pull carts will be thoroughly sanitized after each use. Disinfectant will be applied to all contact areas of carts.
  • Instructors will be required to wear a mask anytime they come within six feet of a student.
  • Foursomes with 10 minute tee time intervals to create spacing between tee times and diminish backups on the course.
  • Gas carts available with single riders – members of the same household will be allowed to ride together.
  • Driving range capacity has been diminished to create additional spacing between guests.
  • Indoor seating has been removed from the clubhouse with additional outdoor seating being added spaced out for social distancing.
We ask that players follow these guidelines when on the course:
  • Leave the pin in the cup. A small device has been attached to the bottom of the flag stick to assist in the removal of your golf ball from the hole. You will be able to use your putter to extract the ball eliminating contact.
  • Please rake any bunkers with your feet or club. To minimize contact, rakes will not be in the bunkers. Feel free to place your ball in the bunker for a good lie, or take a free drop outside of the bunker.
  • When your round has concluded, please return any golf or pull carts to their designated area to be cleaned. Please throw away any trash left in the cart – this includes scorecard, pencil, tees, etc. Thank you!
  • Remember social distancing practices and stand six feet away from your playing partners at all times. So, no more handshakes at the 18th green. No high-fives or even fist bumps after a great shot or a birdie. Maybe a bow, salute or a thumbs-up instead.

Please click to view all the details from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

COVID-19 Golf Rules & Modifications

Please help us remain open for play by adhering to the following COVID-19 rules and modifications established by Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

PHASE 3 MODIFICATIONS

As we move into phase 3 of the state ordinance we want to assure you that the health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority. We take pride in our clean and safe facilities.  We are proactively taking steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone that sets foot on our property.
Current actions include:
  • Following CDC recommendations and guidelines DGGC will be requiring all guests and staff to wear a face mask when entering the clubhouse. Masks do not need to be worn on the golf course during the round.
  • Routine cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection of all locations, especially commonly touched surfaces, will be done frequently throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer use will be encouraged and readily available to all customers.
  • Modifications to bathroom stalls to minimize contact have been done.
  • Plastic sneeze guards have been installed to create a barrier between the guest and staff during checkout.
  • All golf carts and pull carts will be thoroughly sanitized after each use. Disinfectant will be applied to all contact areas of carts.
  • Instructors will be required to wear a mask anytime they come within six feet of a student.
  • Foursomes with 10 minute tee time intervals to create spacing between tee times and diminish backups on the course.
  • Gas carts available with single riders – members of the same household will be allowed to ride together.
  • Driving range capacity has been diminished to create additional spacing between guests.
  • Indoor seating has been removed from the clubhouse with additional outdoor seating being added spaced out for social distancing.
We ask that players follow these guidelines when on the course:
  • Leave the pin in the cup. A small device has been attached to the bottom of the flag stick to assist in the removal of your golf ball from the hole. You will be able to use your putter to extract the ball eliminating contact.
  • Please rake any bunkers with your feet or club. To minimize contact, rakes will not be in the bunkers. Feel free to place your ball in the bunker for a good lie, or take a free drop outside of the bunker.
  • When your round has concluded, please return any golf or pull carts to their designated area to be cleaned. Please throw away any trash left in the cart – this includes scorecard, pencil, tees, etc. Thank you!
  • Remember social distancing practices and stand six feet away from your playing partners at all times. So, no more handshakes at the 18th green. No high-fives or even fist bumps after a great shot or a birdie. Maybe a bow, salute or a thumbs-up instead.

Please click to view all the details from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)


Tee Time Reservations & Payments:

  • Tee time reservations and payments must be made online at downersgrovegolfclub.org. (Reservations open starting April 28)
  • Players shall be grouped in twosomes.
  • Resident rates will apply to all players:
    • $20 Monday to Thursday
    • $22 Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Senior rate is available Monday to Thursday. After reserving online at regular rate, call 630.963.1306 to have your payment adjusted.
  • Tee times are scheduled 15 minutes apart to prevent groups from gathering at first tee.

Course Modifications:

  • Arrive at the first tee no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled tee time.
  • No golf carts may be used on course, except for individuals with a physical disability or physical limitations (proof required via Persons with Disabilities Certification Parking Placard).
  • Only privately-owned pull carts may be utilized.
  • Driving range and putting greens will remain closed.
  • Clubhouse and Pro Shop will remain closed.
  • Food and beverage service is unavailable.
  • Portlets will be available near the 6th green; cleaning will occur once an hour.
  • No benches or tables will be available.
  • Cups will be elevated.

Player Restrictions:

  • Any players with any symptoms of COVID-19, should not play.
  • In addition, any players from a household with someone with symptoms of COVID-19 should not play.
  • Golfers must walk and carry own clubs; no caddies.
  • Bring your own supply of balls, tees, ball markers, and any other equipment needed to play golf.
  • Adhere to social distancing on tees, greens, and throughout the course and parking lot. Congregating is prohibited.
  • Golfers should pick up their own ball.
  • Handle your own scorecard.
  • Bring your own water/sports drink, towel and snack. No outside alcohol permitted.
  • Do not use the public drinking fountain or ball cleaner.
  • Leave the flag in place while putting.
  • Sort out the sand in the bunker with a club.
  • Put on your golf shoes at your vehicle.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with you and use during your round and at the end.
  • No handshakes at the beginning or end of the round.

On Thursday, March 26, we received additional clarification regarding golf course operations as it relates to the Stay at Home Order. Unfortunately, this means that the Downers Grove Golf Club and driving range will be CLOSED now through April 7 (at a minimum). The Golf Club will not be open for dog walking or any recreational use during this time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we do our best to provide updates and adhere to the guidelines set by the State of Illinois in regards to the Stay at Home Order.

GOLF UPDATE: March 25

DOWNERS GROVE GOLF CLUB IS REOPENING ON MARCH 26!

After receiving clarification from the Governor’s Office regarding the “stay at home” order as it relates to golf courses, the Downers Grove Golf Club will be OPEN STARTING MARCH 26 depending on weather conditions. This includes the driving range and shelter. Updated FAQ regarding “Stay at Home” order

SCHEDULE A TEE TIME

 

OPEN WITH LIMITED OPERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
Downers Grove Golf Club is taking precautions to keep our guests safe:

  • Credit card transactions only (no cash).
  • The Clubhouse will be closed (no restrooms available) including food and beverage service.
  • No carts available; walking only.
  • Longer tee time intervals to create increased social distancing between golfers.
  • We are asking all golfers to leave the pin in the cup to limit contact.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available.

We are asking those who visit the Downers Grove Golf Club to practice the following recommendations provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19:
Stay home when you are sick.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • For more information, visit cdc.gov.