Turnberry's history began thirty years ago when the McIntosh family purchased a series of farms in the Crystal Lake area. Previously, the McIntoshs had built Inverness and Prestwick Country Clubs in Inverness IL and Joliet IL respectively. The prominent architect, E. Lawrence Packard, was commissioned to design the Turnberry course.
On Memorial Day of 1972, under the direction of Turnberry's first professional, the front nine was officially opened with the back nine opening on the Fourth of July. The long tees and huge greens provided a quality test of golf for the early members.
Membership and home construction increased throughout the seventies and early eighties. The chateau-like French Normandy style clubhouse was enlarged with the addition of the Garden Room atrium dining area in 1986.
On December 21, 1989, Turnberry Country Club became a member owned Club. A Charter membership of 167 families purchased the Club from real estate investor, Thomas F. Seay, and provided the foundation for the Club to grow into the nineties.
On April 16th, 2000 the Members chose to approve a $2.3 million renovation package, which reconfigured the 25,000 square foot French Normandy clubhouse to meet the needs of their changing membership. The ladies golf locker room and pool locker rooms were remodeled, tennis and pool areas were updated, a new lounge was created, casual dining space was increase, and banquet areas were redesigned and expanded to accommodate Member events. Continuing golf course improvements were slated, including the purchase of hand mowers for the greens and fleet of 2002 golf carts. And, that is just the beginning!
Turnberry Country Club is truly your Passport to a lifetime of fun! Why don't you choose to be a part of it?
Reprinted from the Membership brochure of Turnberry CC.