The History Of Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course

Given the unique landscape, it’s no surprise that Chicago is home to some of the Midwest’s finest golf courses. One of these famous front nines is the Sydney R. Marovitz golf course located in Lincoln Park. Since opening in 1932, the course has established a long history of being a great spot for golfers all over the city to play a round.

The History of the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course

The Sydney R. Marovitz golf course didn’t always have such a long name. In fact, not all of the land it was built on always existed either. Back in 1929, the city started a three-year-long project to build a golf course on the lake. When costs started to build up, funding (unfortunately) didn’t. This led to half of the holes being built as planned, all of which run parallel to the lake. It’s construction finished in 1932, and the course opened to the Uptown community with the name Waveland Golf Course.

Fifty-nine years later, the course changed its name to the Sydney R. Marovitz golf course. Despite its size compared to normal 18-hole courses, Sydney R. Marovitz does manage to present an entertaining challenge to golfers at all skill levels. A minimum of two bunkers border each of the nine greens. Even the most skilled players have to keep their driver accurate with the number of trees surrounding each hole. There’s definitely a reason this course is one of Chicago Golf Reports’ best nine-hole courses.


And yes, Chicago golfers, the course is currently open for play. The Chicago Park District encourages those interested to book in advance online, as they can’t guarantee open tee times. Masks are required inside of the clubhouse facilities, golf shop, and are encouraged when social distancing is not possible. Golf carts are still available to rent while playing, and the course has established strict disinfecting schedules that enable it to remain open. 


If you can manage to follow social distancing rules, the combination of city views and challenge that is Sydney R. Marovitz golf course makes it the perfect spot to play nine downtown. 

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