Butler National - Illinois - USA

Butler National Golf Club,
2616 York Rd,
Oak Brook,
Illinois (IL) 60523,
USA


  • +1 (0) 630 990 3333

  • Jack Carter

  • George Fazio and Tom Fazio

  • Bruce Patterson


Butler National Golf Club was founded by multi-millionaire Paul Butler, a local businessman, and it lies to the west of the Windy City in the Oak Brook suburb of Chicago. George Fazio and his nephew Tom Fazio designed the course and it opened for play in the early 1970s.

Butler asked the Fazios to construct a layout that would test the best and the architects certainly followed that brief, creating one of the toughest tracks in all of the USA.

Most holes are tree-lined and long off the tee with several man-made water hazards adding a further degree of difficulty. The real threat to par here, however, are the undersized, deceptively contoured greens, many of which are offset to the fairway, placing a premium on approach and recovery shots.

The par three 5th starts a tricky stretch of holes on the front nine. Played to an island green, it demands an all-or-nothing tee shot across water to a green that’s also protected by sand on either flank.

If anything, the back nine is tougher than the outward half, epitomised by the par four 12th (a former par five) where its long, tight fairway leads gradually uphill to a small green sitting behind a pinched entrance.

Tom Fazio has returned in more recent times to beef up many of the bunker complexes – as if the course wasn’t hard enough.

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Description: Butler National Golf Club was founded by multi-millionaire Paul Butler, a local businessman, and it lies to the west of the Windy City in the Oak Brook suburb of Chicago. Rating: 5.3 out of 6 Reviews: 4

When it comes to the epitome of a men’s golf club, one doesn’t have to look much further than the club that rests behind the large white-pillared entrance in Oak Brook, IL. The membership represents the nation’s elite and the golf course represents hell on grass.

Butler has a reputation for being amongst the most difficult and penal layouts in America which examines every aspect of your game. The demographic of the golfers who play Butler is pretty one-dimensional as this place isn’t for average golfers. You’ll use every club in your bag and you’ll find yourself in awe of the property the whole way around. Click the link to read Fergal’s full report on Butler National.
5 / 6
Butler National
October 02, 2013


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A bit stuffy and serious for a men's club. I prefer the atmosphere at Bob-o-link or Black Sheep for that matter. Very expensive and Very difficult. Great conditioning and practice facility. But If you are not a big hitting low handicapper, you'll have more fun elsewhere.
4 / 6
Butler National
May 16, 2009


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This is the toughest 18 in the Chicago area. Guests can walk. They have a VERY professional pro shop, and the caddies are among the best of any club. It is Men's only, but I think that is great. Women would not be able to play this course because of the length. The facilities are designed to be men only, and personally, I think that is great. Each hole is very tough, there are few birdie holes on the course. The finishing holes, 15, 16, 17, and 18 will bring you to your knees. You must be an accurate driver, and excellent putter to score here. The mid part of the course, 8, 9, 10 kick your butt mentally. Each hole requires a different facet of your game to be successful. It is an extreme pleasure to play here. It is what American golf is all about.
6 / 6
Butler National
August 31, 2006


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March 10, 2008
don't be sexist- girls hate it- i should know- I AM ONE!
Thomas Haller
May 02, 2018

That's pretty sexist, I'm sure that there's many women much better than you.

This is a very private club with superb facilities including an excellent pro's shop. The course is really tough. The holes demand accuracy and power from start to finish. Water plays a big part with clever use in holes along and over the river that flows through the course. In particular the long par 5 7th dog legs right with the river lapping the fairway the whole way. The par 3 8th is a wonderful hole with the river just behind the green, followed by the par 4 9th which is one of the narrowest holes that I have ever played. The back nine continues to be as difficult as the first nine and when you are really on your knees the 18th bites your head off. Great course, great challenge, great fun. I walked the course playing with Bruce Patterson, head pro, and two of his assistants. A real treat.
6 / 6
Butler National
August 09, 2006


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