Who designed Liberty National Golf Club, host site of The Northern Trust?

Category: Golf Courses of the World
Liberty National Golf Club
Image: https://www.libertynationalgc.com/

Clue

One of the joint designers is a major champion who is in the Top 200 in career earnings on the PGA Tour, not bad for someone that turned 50 in 1999.

Answer

Liberty National Golf Club golf course was designed by Robert E. Cupp and Tom Kite.

More about the Liberty National Golf Club

Robert (Bob) E Cupp designed a number of courses, principally in the United States including Shoal Creek Club in Alabama where he worked as senior designer for Jack Nicklaus.

Tom Kite has 19 PGA tour victories including the US Open in 1992.  Tom represented the United States in seven Ryder Cups before captaining the team in 1997.

The course cost $250 million to build, making it one of golf's most ambitious undertakings.  Almost 90% of the cost was to remediate the site that was previously an oil terminal.  Six million cubic feet of sand and earth was imported to the site.  The membership remains exclusive with an  initiation fee rumoured to be approximately $450,000.

Tournaments held at the Liberty National Golf Club

  • Barclays Cup First Tee Tri-Match – 2007
  • USGA Girls Junior Qualifier – June 25, 2009
  • The Barclays, First Stop of The FedEx Cup Playoffs – August 2009 – Champion Heath Slocum
  • NJPGA Match Play – May 13th, 2013 – Champion Brian Gaffney
  • The Barclays, First Stop of The FedEx Cup Playoffs – August 2013 – Champion Adam Scott
  • First Tee Trustee Outing – August 27, 2013
  • Liberty National Junior Invitational/Challenge Cup – May 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • The Presidents Cup – September 26th to October 1st, 2017
  • Polo Golf Junior Classic - June 24th to 28th, 2019 - August 3rd to 7th, 2020
  • The Northern Trust, First Stop of The FedEx Cup Playoffs - August 2019 - Champion Patrick Reed
  • Inaugural Nexus Cup - September 24th & 25th, 2019
  • The Northern Trust - August 19th to 22nd, 2021