Three brothers moved to the Chicago area in 1920. John W., Martin J., and Bert Coghill bought the McLaughlin farm on the east side of Lemont Illinois in 1926 to build a golf club. They then hired David McIntosh, who owned Oak Hills, to build them a golf course. Cog Hill Course #1 open July 4th weekend in 1927. Reservations for golf were taken at the Boston Store, which, at that time, was one of the downtown Chicago’s leading department stores. The Chicago & Joliet Electric streetcar ran from Chicago to Lemont giving golfers easy access for 25 cents. The club expanded in 1929 when the three brothers bought another 160 acres (0.65 km2) from the Reed Family on the east side of Parker Road. Course #2 was designed and built by David McIntosh and Bert Coghill. It was opened in the fall of 1929, within days of Wall Street Crash of 1929. Even during the tough twelve years of the depression Cog Hill was able to prosper. In 1951, Joe Jemsek bought Cog Hill. Course #3 was added in 1963 and Dubsdread was completed in 1964. The Western Golf Association awarded the Western Open to Cog Hill in 1991. It changed its name to the BMW Championship in 2007. Tiger Woods shot a course record 9 under 62 on Dubsdread in 2009.

The 18-hole “# 4 – Dubsdread” course at the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club facility in Lemont, Illinois features 6,940 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 75.4 and it has a slope rating of 142 on Bent grass.  Designed by Joseph L. Lee/Dick Wilson/(R) Rocky Roquemore, the # 4 – Dubsdread golf course opened in 2009. Jemsek Golf manages this facility, with Nick Mokelke as the General Manager.


Cog Hill’s Dubsdread Reopens May 15
PGA Tour’s BMW Championship Returns In September

LEMONT, IL, May 5, 2009 – Chicagoland golfers are anxiously awaiting one of America’s best public golf courses unveiling this month, as Cog Hill’s award-winning Dubsdread prepares to reopen. The golf course, which was closed for the entire 2008 season for a $5 million dollar renovation is scheduled to open May 15.

“We believe the golfers will be very happy with the changes we have made to Dubsdread,” said Frank Jemsek, CEO of Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. “The routing remains the same but every hole has undergone renovation from tee to green to restore the original design integrity and overall character inherent in the work of the original architects. Dubsdread remains a pleasant challenge for the average golfer, but will offer more strategic shot-making options and risk-reward challenges for the tour professional.”

Renowned golf course architect Rees Jones was selected for the comprehensive renovation project, the first since opening in 1964. The extensive work on the par-72, 7,600 yard, Dick Wilson and Joe Lee design, included reconstructing all 18 greens and tee complexes, reshaping of the fairways, adding a pond on No. 7, significant tree management and the repositioning and sculpting of 98 bunkers.

SubAir System Put In On All 18 Greens
One of the biggest investments of the project took place underneath the greens. A state-of-the-art aeration and moisture removal system called SubAir® was installed on all 18 greens. This underground system promotes healthier and stronger playing surfaces through moisture management, subsurface aeration and root zone temperature control. Used at Augusta National Golf Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links, Dubsdread is the only course in the Chicagoland area to use the SubAir system.

“SubAir is like a vacuum system that hooks to subsurface drainage under greens so when we get heavy rains, we can accelerate the drainage process by sucking water out,” said Ken Lapp, superintendent of Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.  “We can also change that system to cool greens during hot dry spells by blowing air into the root zones. This system will allow Dubsdread to have consistent, faster, tournament condition greens throughout the season.”

All 98 Bunkers Were Rebuilt

Along with the greens, significant bunker improvements were completed. Every bunker has been completely reshaped and reconstructed to improve visual definition, enhance sight lines and create a more classic design style. Several of the original bunkers were relocated to stay in line with the modern game, restoring the original strategic design intent. Greenside bunkers were repositioned and tucked closer to the greens to more effectively protect designated cupping areas within each putting surface. Although most bunkers were also deepened, their unique grass “fingers” and “noses” continue to provide golfers with walkouts.

Each Tee Complex Was Reshaped And Restructured
The tee complex of each hole was also completely reshaped and reconstructed. Each hole has multiple, square tee pads, strategically placed at varied yardages and angles of play to improve alignment and overall playability.

“This is a great piece of golf property and Dick Wilson did a wonderful job with the original design,” said Rees Jones. “Many of the greens have been made a lot smaller because the green complexes are more important today than in past. The ball goes so far now. Back when Dick Wilson designed this course and like my father, Robert Trent Jones, they always built big greens because on long holes you would hit woods into them, now you hit mid-irons. So the green complexes have to be smaller. We still will have the Dick Wilson tongues and little small areas of greens. But the golfer will have to make choices, go for the fat of the green or go for the Dick Wilson tongue. That will depend on where you hit your tee shot, and the penalty will be greater if you go for the small part of the green and miss it. There will be all kinds of choices so this will be a course of continuing interest.”

Dubsdread has always been one of the tour players’ favorite stops. It hosted the PGA Tour’s Western Open from 1991-2006 and the BMW Championship in 2007. After a one-year hiatus, due to the renovation project, 70 of the world’s best golfers will return Sept 7–13, to contest the 2009 BMW Championship. The tournament is the third in the four-event FedExCup series.

“We are very excited to have the tour back at Dubsdread and are looking forward to seeing how the players like the course,” Jemsek said.

Dubsdread will officially open to the public on May 15.  Green fees for the 2009 season are $150, which include golf, cart and range balls.

Cog Hill Golf & Country Club is one the premier public golf facilities in Chicago. Located in Lemont, Ill., Cog Hill features 72-holes of championship golf, a year-round learning center and a newly-renovated 35,000 sq. ft clubhouse. Dubsdread is the home of the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship. For information on Cog Hill call 866.264.4455 or visit

Cog Hill Golf and Country Club
12294 Archer Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 257-5872

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