Lake Forest has been lucky to have witnessed the BMW Championship in 2013 and most recently in 2015. The tournament is returning to Conway Farms Country Club this September and will start on September 12th and run through the 17th. Tickets can be found on the BMW Championship website. The BMW Championship is apart of the FedEx Cup playoffs and will host the top 70 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 30 players from the tournament move onto the Tour Championship played in Atlanta, Georgia. The last two champions at Conway farms were Zach Johnson (2013) and Jason Day (2015). In the past two tournaments alone, Jim Furyk shot a 59 and in 2015, Jason Day shot an opening round 61.
The next in-state PGA tournament is the John Deere Classic, which is played TPC Deere Run located in Silvis, Illinois. Silvis is southwest of the Lake County area–nearly in the state of Iowa–and is just shy of a 3 hour drive to the tournament. A cheaper tournament than the others listed based on the players in the field, this is still a great bargain for professional golf.
In addition to this, the next US Open is going to be played at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, roughly an hour and forty-five minutes away from the Lake Forest area. One of the greatest tournaments in all of sports, this year’s tournament will be the 117th edition of the US Open. The upcoming tournament will be played during the week of June 12-18th. Tickets currently are being sold on the Erin Hills website.