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2024 Clubhouse Renovations

It is with great excitement that we unveil our dazzling 2024 Club enhancements, featuring: -A modernized Upstairs Lounge -Stunning updates to the Midlothian Ballroom & Thorne Room for weddings, private events and meetings -Renovations to the Men's and Ladies' Locker Rooms, including a new Bridal Suite -Brand new Halfway House Complex and Simulator Lounge with a Bar & Grille.

In the summer of 2022 southwest Chicago’s historic country club and host venue of the 1914 U.S. Open Championship – showcased the stunning results of its dramatic course renovation led by famed architect Raymond Hearn.

Since 1898, Midlothian has long provided its members and guests with a challenging, traditional golf course on the verdant property which was the first private club on Chicago’s South Side. While paying due respect to the original course design by Herbert J. Tweedie, with influences from famed Scottish architect Donald Ross prior to the 1914 U.S. Open Championship, Hearn’s redesign marks a return to the layout’s championship caliber.

All 82 bunkers were renovated by Hearn and now feature eye-catching Pro / Angle Sand for increased playability and easier maintenance. Meeting demands of the modern game, the tee-boxes were lengthened for added yardage as well as new sightlines and shot-making options placing a premium on strategy.

The renovation melds the historic past of Midlothian’s timeless layout, even recreating intriguing pin positions from the 1920s, with contemporary course design principals that will continue to put the 18 in the highest echelons of Chicago area golf clubs for decades to come.

“It is an honor to work on a such an incredible course like Midlothian that has stood the test of time and renovate it for today’s game,” says Hearn, founder of Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs, Inc. “Our goal was to restore and renew the layout for players of all abilities to savor their time and enjoyment on one of Chicago’s true golf treasures.”

“Our membership here at Midlothian was looking for a renovation that respected our classic layout while honoring its historical look and feel,” says Matt Barry, Club President. “Ray Hearn was diligent in working with us to understand our priorities and the renovation has blended in seamlessly, our members are beyond thrilled with the results.”

Additionally, Midlothian has completely revitalized its superb dining venues with the thrilling new 1898 Room, Championship Lounge and Lower Patio all replacing the club’s old Grill Room. Work on the 1898 Room and Championship Lounge were the results of the terrific work of Chicago’s Antunovich Associates.

For more information on Midlothian Country Club, email Emily Giaimo at [email protected] or call 331.201.5935.

In 1898, a group of prominent business leaders discovered a magnificent sweep of rolling, wooded prairie 18 miles southwest of the city. They agreed that the 208 saucer-shaped acres, with a beautiful brook flowing through the center, would be an ideal site for one of America's first eighteen-hole golf courses.

A few years later, after the land was purchased and the club incorporated, Chicagoans would often see John G. Shedd, R.H. Donnelley, A.G. Spalding and other "society" people boarding Rock Island trains after business hours and disappearing into the wilderness beyond the city limits of Chicago.

Originally designed by well-known course architect Herbert J. Tweedie, Midlothian was the first privately owned club established South of Chicago. The original club included a nine-hole auxiliary course. Members and their families had to score 72 or less on the practice course before they were allowed to play the main 18-hole course.

The original clubhouse and the surrounding cottages became a summer colony for dozens of members and their families. Transportation was such a concern in the early days that the club replaced horse drawn "Tally-Ho" wagons with its own railroad. The small locomotive and two passenger coaches made 14 trips daily along the 3-mile system, making Midlothian the only golf club in the world, other than St. Andrews in Scotland, to own its own railroad.

Our Mission is to provide an unparalleled country club experience for our members, their families and guests.  This is accomplished by providing outstanding golf on our Historic U.S. Open Championship golf course, extensive practice facilities, delightful dining and banquets and special events, catering and meeting services, and a family-friendly aquatic and social complex, all served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere uniquely Midlothian.

Midlothian Country Club strives to be the destination for members that are seeking a private club with exceptional golf, dining and social activities. Midlothian Country Club is where members, their families and friends create special memories; where enduring friendships are formed and cherished, all in a warm atmosphere of casual elegance.

Midlothian Country Club will maintain an unwavering commitment to excellence, integrity, continuous improvement and fiscal responsibility in all of our endeavors. We will create a service-oriented culture where everyone is treated as a special guest, all in an environment fostering fun and camaraderie. 

  • Maintain our focus on being a traditional family-oriented Club
  • Offer a wide range of golf and social activities to enrich the lives of our members, their families and guests
  • Develop an exceptional service culture in all that is offered
  • Instill professionalism, honesty and integrity that guide how we work to achieve our goals