Jackson Park Golf Course

Chicago, Illinois

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(773) 496-5015
https://jacksonpark.cpdgolf.com
6401 S Richards Dr, Chicago, IL 60649 (Map)
Course Type Public - 18 holes
Max Green Fee $37 + $18 for cart
Par & Tees 70 (35/35) - 3 tees
Course Length 5508 yards
Longest Hole 559 yards
Rating & Slope 65.7/109 (M)
Driving Range Yes
Year Built 1899

Jackson Park Golf Course Overview
Jackson Park Golf Course is a functional monument to the history of golf in the United States. The course opened on May 11, 1899 as a 9 hole course, and 18 holes followed the next year. It was the first public golf course west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Chicago Tribune recorded the event with a long article, which included an illustrated chart of the first three tee shots ever hit there. Said the Trib, “The opening of the links was watched by a crowd of golf players, and several hundred people anxious to learn the game. Following are the tabulated results of the first 15 minutes of play. Lost balls: 4. Sticks broken: 1 driver. Shins bruised: 5.” Playing golf was free there until 1920, when a nominal fee was introduced.

These days, the course maintains a shorter 18 hole layout at 5,508 yards. With a course rating of 65.7, it’s not the most demanding course. However, the fairways narrow considerably on most of the 13 holes south of Marquette Drive, necessitating accurate tee shots. Despite the course’s proximity to Jackson Park Harbor, water is only in play on three holes.

Jackson Park’s clubhouse is named after Cecil A. Partee, a trailblazer who broke color barriers in Illinois politics and served in a variety of state, county, and city government roles during his lifetime. Partee also invested a lot of energy into making the golf course the best it could possibly be. The pro shop at Jackson Park has some intriguing Chicago golf memorabilia, such as the Chicago City Golf Championship trophy, not to mention a decent selection of golf gear. There’s a practice putting green near the clubhouse, and a driving range a few blocks north of the course.

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Miscellaneous photo of Jackson Park Golf Course in Chicago, Illinois. A view of the first hole at Jackson Park Golf Course.

A view of the first hole at Jackson Park Golf Course.

Miscellaneous photo of Jackson Park Golf Course in Chicago, Illinois. Near the first tee, there's a brick in the ground with the following inscription: "The improvement of this site was financed in part through a grant from the National Park Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, under the provisions of the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act of 1978 (Title X, Public Law 95-625)"

Near the first tee, there's a brick in the ground with the following inscription: "The improvement of this site was financed in part through a grant from the National Park Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, under the provisions of the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act of 1978 (Title X, Public Law 95-625)"

Miscellaneous photo of Jackson Park Golf Course in Chicago, Illinois. A massive mural in the back of the pro shop.

A massive mural in the back of the pro shop.

Miscellaneous photo of Jackson Park Golf Course in Chicago, Illinois. Photo of Cecil A. Partee in the pro shop

Photo of Cecil A. Partee in the pro shop

Miscellaneous photo of Jackson Park Golf Course in Chicago, Illinois. “Cecil A. Partee, an Eminent Statesman and Masterful Golfer. An avid golfer, Senator Cecil A. Partee learned to play golf as a young man in Arkansas. His love of the sport grew into a passion lasting more than 40 years. He honed his skills, golfing on hundreds of premier courses worldwide. However, Jackson Park, his home golf links, remained his favorite. He was responsible for making Jackson Park a first class golf course, and was one of the founders of the Jackson Park Golf Association.”

“Cecil A. Partee, an Eminent Statesman and Masterful Golfer. An avid golfer, Senator Cecil A. Partee learned to play golf as a young man in Arkansas. His love of the sport grew into a passion lasting more than 40 years. He honed his skills, golfing on hundreds of premier courses worldwide. However, Jackson Park, his home golf links, remained his favorite. He was responsible for making Jackson Park a first class golf course, and was one of the founders of the Jackson Park Golf Association.”

Miscellaneous photo of Jackson Park Golf Course in Chicago, Illinois. Bob Kimbrough, two time Chicago City Golf Champion and winner of 15 additional golf championships. Set course record of 59 at Jackson Park.

Bob Kimbrough, two time Chicago City Golf Champion and winner of 15 additional golf championships. Set course record of 59 at Jackson Park.

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