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Opened: June 1929
Management: The club is managed by Director of Golf and Club Operations Patti Butcher.
Club History: In 1920, financier Joseph Brewer bought most of the land known as Plainfield Village to create a country estate. Mr. Brewer built a country villa on the bluffs east of Northland Drive overlooking the river and built Blythefield Country Club across the road from his villa. He also owned and operated a dairy farm in the Rockford area called “Blythefield Dairy Farms.” The word “Blythefield” is derived from “Olde English” and means quiet fields.
The formal opening of Blythefield on June 14, 1929, was highlighted by the attendance of many golf celebrities. In the dedication foursome were Walter Hagen, Horton Smith, Morey Wells, and their first golf professional, Nick Webber. One of the caddies that day, Marvin Stahl, went on to become a Blythefield Country Club Golf Professional, club member, a member of the Board of Directors, and the Club’s President.
Blythefield hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, and the 2005 Western Junior. The three events were won by Dale Morey, Arnold Palmer, and Rickie Fowler.