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BMW Championship - Cog Hill course preview - COPIED

BMW Championship 2007 LogoThis week the PGA Tour returns to Cog Hill Golf and Country Club’s Dubsdread Course in Lemont, Ill., for the third event of the 2009 FedExCup Playoffs, the BMW Championship. GCSAA Class A Golf Course Superintendent Ken Lapp reopened the course this spring after a $5.2 million renovation was completed.

The project was led by Rees Jones and began after Cog Hill hosted the 2007 BMW. Changes include the reconstructing of all greens and tee complexes, reshaping of the fairways, a new risk-reward pond on No. 7, significant tree management, the repositioning and sculpting of all 98 bunkers, a new irrigation system, additional drainage, and Sub-Air aeration and moisture removal systems were installed on all 19 greens (including the practice green).

A 46-year GCSAA member, Lapp has been at Cog Hill since 1973 and this will be the 18th PGA Tour event he has hosted, in addition to the 1997 U.S. Amateur and three U.S. Public Links Championships. Lapp credits excellent weather last summer when the new grass was planted and sod laid, with the existing pristine conditions.

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Pencross bentgrass- .44'
Fairways - Bentgrass - .44'
Greens - A1 bentgrass; A4 bentgrass - .13'
Rough - Kentucky bluegrass - 3.5'


Weather: Sunny skies with highs in the upper-70s to low-80s. Not bad!


Yardage: 7,616 yards, par 72

signature hole

Fun fact: Dubsdread's course rating of 78.1 is almost three strokes higher than that of Bethpage Black.


Golf Course Superintendents Association of America