History Overview

The story of Evanston Golf Club stretches back to a time when golf was just beginning to take hold in America, and the club has ties to many of the great names in the modern history of the game.

When nine Evanston men met in March of 1898 to found a club in the sleepy Chicago suburb, golf was still unknown to many in the region. But the game took off in a major way, and hundreds of courses cropped up across the region and nation in the years that followed.

When the time came to move to a more ideal location, the club lured famed Scottish designer Donald Ross – already a notable name – to Evanston. He personally oversaw construction of the current course, which opened in 1917. Prominent Chicago architect Walter W. Ahlschlager’s elegant clubhouse proved to be a perfect companion to Ross’ course.

As a founding member of the Western Golf Association, our club was influential in shaping golf in the Chicago region and other areas west of golf’s stronghold on the eastern seaboard. Though we’ve added other sports and attractions over the years, our club’s dedication to the development and enjoyment of golf has always been first and foremost.

To golf at Evanston is to enjoy the modern game with a nod to the rich history of golf in Chicago and the nation. Click on the articles below for more about our club’s history.

Donald Ross 

Legendary Scottish course designer Donald Ross was personally responsible for laying out Evanston Golf Club’s course. And unlike some other clubs that claim a Ross course, Evanston has the proof. 

Johnny Revolta

Imagine a local golf club hiring a prominent two-time major winner like Mark O'Meara, Retief Goosen or Bubba Watson as head professional. Evanston Golf Club pulled off just such a coup when it hired two-time major champion Johnny Revolta in 1935. Click here to read more.

Men’s tournaments

Evanston Golf Club is home to a variety of tournaments and outings every year, and the club played host to two high profile championships in years past. Both the 1926 Chicago Open and the 1962 USGA Senior Amateur Championship took place here. Click here to read more.

Women's Golf at EGC

Women’s golf has a storied history at Evanston Golf Club, which was one of the first clubs in the nation to have women members since its founding in 1898. EGC was one of the 21 founding members of the Women’s Western Golf Association. Click here to read more