The Legends of Bensenville is an executive style 9-hole public golf course located in Bensenville, Illinois, in the west suburbs of Chicago.
The Legends of Bensenville opened in 2003. The course was designed by Timothy P. Nugent.
The Legends plays to a 9-hole par of 28, and maximum 9-hole distance of 1,550-yards. Each of the nine holes is a tribute to one of the most famous holes in American golf. Architect Tim Nugent, was given the task of selecting the holes he thought he could most accurately and authentically duplicate given the space he had -- 55 acres of reclaimed land that had once been a construction landfill site. This led to eight par-3s and one par-4.
Nugent has some experience turning a trash heap into a golf course. He created one of Chicago's best and most beautiful golf courses - Harborside International. It too was once a landfill. Nugent literally transformed the land, not only environmentally but architecturally and he did the same in Bensenville.
The fantasy and accessibility makes this course interesting. Here's how the holes at The Legends of Bensenville fall out and the inspirations from which they come:
Hole No. 1 - Pine Valley No. 10, 136 yards, architect George Crump;
Hole No. 2 - Pebble Beach No. 7, 124 yards, architect Jack Neville;
Hole No. 3 - Oakmont Country Club No. 6, 169 yards, architect Henry C. Fownes;
Hole No. 4 - Riviera Country Club No. 10, 310 yards, architect George Thomas;
Hole No. 5 - Winged Foot No. 10 West, 168 yards, architect A.W. Tillinghast;
Hole No. 6 - National Golf Links No. 6, 114 yards, architect C.B. MacDonald;
Hole No. 7 - Bel-Air Country Club No. 10, 172 yards, architect George Thomas;
Hole No. 8 - Shinnecock Hills No. 7, 189 yards, architect Willie Dunn;
Hole No. 9 - Pebble Beach No. 17, 165 yards, architect Jack Neville.
The Legends of Bensenville closed in 2009.