The course was founded in 1992 by Bert Getz Sr. and his family and was collaboratively designed by Getz, Oscar Miles, Bob Lohmann and Ed Oldfield. The course architect was Bob Lohmann. It features a 6,960-yard (6,364 m) 18-hole course. The Merit Club also has three practice holes: par 4, par 3, and par 4.
The Merit Club hosted the second edition of the LPGA UL International Crown on July 21 through July 24, 2016, won by the United States.
The Merit Club has had a caddie program since its opening. The Current Caddie Master is Rafael Rivera. Some notable caddies include: Ben Winkler, Nick Valencia, Jonathan Palmieri, Dillon Leeper, Ethan Porembski, Oscar Vasquez, Griffin Sahr, and Blake Leeper.
- Hanley, Reid (June 22, 1994). "Libertyville course gets Women's Open for 1999 already". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
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