In 1970, the current 9-hole course was designed and constructed on University farmland just north of the LaMoine River. The course officially opened in 1972, and in 1973, the course was named in honor of Oscar L. Champion who coached the golf team from 1934-1943.
The Harry Mussatto Golf Course at Western Illinois University has been serving the campus community and the city of Macomb for over 25 years. It stands as one of the finest 9-hole golf facilities in the state of Illinois. The golf course was designed by Ken Killian and Dick Nugent, two of the finest golf course designers in the business. The facility features teaching stations which include a driving range, putting green, practice bunker, and two practice holes.
The Harry Mussatto Golf Course currently serves a variety of clientele, providing instructional recreation services for the students at Western Illinois University along with the campus faculty and staff. In addition, the O. L. Champion is host to the WIU Men’s Golf Team as well as several Intercollegiate Athletic Department events. The golf course is the primary public golf facility in the city of Macomb.
Oscar L Champion served as a faculty member, administrator and golf coach during his more than 35 years of service to Western. Champion served as golf coach from 1934-43 and was an early pioneer and supporter of golf in western Illinois. This original 9 hole course was dedicated the O.L. Champion Golf Course in 1972.