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Hole 01 North

The 525-yard opening hole is a slight dogleg-left with bunkers on both sides of the fairway. The best play is to carry the left fairway bunker and avoid the restored penal toadstool bunker to the right. The green is well protected by a bunker on the right. We should see some birdies, but par is a good score here.
Olympia Fields Hole 1

Hole 02 North

Dogleg-left with cavernous bunkers left and right of the fairway. The second shot on this 380-yard hole will be with a short iron to a hard, windswept green with a lot of right-to-left slope. This hole is usually played with a prevailing wind at the player’s back, which complicates the secon shot. The green drops off left to a collection area.
Hole 2

Hole 03 North

This is a 389-yard uphill, slight left-to-right dogleg with the creek running across the fairway about 280 yards from the tee. The tee shot must be played on a laser line, with huge oaks lining the fairway on both sides. The presence of the creek and a large fairway bunker on the left side will take the driver of the player’s hands in favor of a fairway wood, leaving a mid-iron shot into a relatively shallow green with a lot of side slope. It is difficult to gauge the effect of the wind on the second shot, which may wreak havoc with some players. Second shots that are pulled or pushed slightly will find deep, sloping bunkers.

Hole 3

Hole 04 North

A truly delightful 140-yard uphill par 3. The green is protected by enormous bunkers in front that seem to catch their share of balls because the wind’s effect is masked by the huge trees lining the left side of the green. A pulled shot winds up in the hazard, some 30 feet beneath the putting surface. The main defense to the hold is the huge, undulating green. The short flagstick positions, left and right, will cause most players to aim for the middle of the green. Par is definitely a good score here.
Hole 4

Hole 05 North

This is the 402-yard signature hole on this nine. The creek crosses in front of the tee box about 125 yards away then takes a turn and forms the right boundary of the hole. About 280 yards from the tee, it takes a sharp left and crosses the fairway again, only to take another right, ready to take and second shots that get pulled slightly. The elevated tee shot calls for a long iron or fairway wood, taking the creek out of play, to a narrow fairway, leaving an uphill shot of the creek to a mid-size elevated green with a tremendous amount of back-to-front slope. Two shots and two putts will seem like a birdie here, but it only earns you a par.
Hole 5

Hole 06 North

At 549 yards, this is a long sweeping left-to-right hole with a big hazard framing the right side. This will be a three-shot hole for most players, because the fairway turns sharply to the right about 275 yards from the green. The fairway is quite narrow, with a restored Willie Park Jr. bunker 165 yards out that narrows the punch-out area from a bad tee shot.

Hole 07 North

The tee shot is from an elevated perch to a small green protected front and right by a creek. Bunkers left and right will catch the slight mishits. Pulled shots may be unplayable and shots that just miss the putting surface on the right will bound into Butterfield Creek. Take your par on this 180-yard hole and head to the next tee.
Hole 7

Hole 08 North

The creek, again, looms large along the right side of the fairway, ready to catch any missed fades. The fairway is quite narrow at the landing area, with a large, horizontal bunker occupying the left third of the fairway. A restored cross bunker 60 yards out stops run-ups to the green. As always, large bunkers left and right protect the green. A birdie possibility for most players on this 373-yard hole, despite the natural hazards.
Hole 8

Hole 09 North

This huge, dramatic right-to-left dogleg will result in plenty of bogeys and “other”. The tee shot must be on the left side of the fairway to avoid the bunker that occupies a substantial portion of the fairway on the right side in the landing area. Additionally, a restored landing area bunker on left can penalize a player cutting the corner. This will leave most players with a long iron shot to a huge, tilted green with a big hogback on the right side. This 419-yard hole calls for two long and precise shots and two very good putts.
Hole 9

Hole 10 North

The tee shot should be played over the right edge of the left fairway bunker, leaving a long iron to a big green with tricky, side-to-side breaks. A tee shot that ends up in any of the fairway bunkers will ensure no birdie putts, because the bunkers are too deep to permit long iron or fairway wood to be used. The right greenside bunker is definitely a place one would not want to visit.
Hole 10

Hole 11 North

A big left-to-right dogleg that calls for a tee ball over the second fairway bunker, leaving a mid-to-short iron to a large, sloping green. A huge stand of oak trees is located behind the green. This will cause most players to aim for the middle of the green and take their chances with the flat stick. Four is a good score on this 426-yard hole.
Hole 11

Hole 12 North

This is the 409-yard signature hole for this nine. It requires a blind tee shot over a hill to a narrow fairway that shifts to the left of the teeing area. The tee shot must be hit left or the player will not have a shot into the small, elevated and well-protected green. Most players will have a mid-iron shot which will be hard to keep on the green. This hole should provide plenty of drama on the putting green as well, because the slope of the surface is one of the most severe on the golf course.
Hole 12

Hole 13 North

A shorter 357 yards par 4 with a narrow fairway that has a big ridge splitting it at about 275 yards from the tee box. Most players will opt for something less than driver, leaving a blind, uphill second shot into a heavily bunkered, small green with a right-to-left- slope. A well-placed tee shot would make this a good birdie opportunity.
Hole 13

Hole 14 North

Another tough, narrow hole, with an eyelet-wide fairway, protected by a bunker on the left side. The tee shot comes through a chute and huge oak trees also guard the fairway. If the tee ball winds up in the fairway, the player is confronted with a short iron to a shallow green with a hogback in the back-left portion. A restored green front cross bunker stops pitch-out run-ups to the green. The greenside bunkers will also lead the way to the occasional bogey or “other” on this 363-yard hole.
Hole 14

Hole 15 North

An elevated tee shot to a well-guarded putting surface. The front-right and back-left flagstick placements will be the most difficult locations. This 164-yard hole penalizes players who miss the green, as it is a tough up and down.
Hole 15

Hole 16 North

Another elevated tee shot to a fairway that moves slightly to the left with bunkers on the left. The preferred tee shot on this 405-yard hole is over the right of the first left fairway bunker, leaving a short-to-mid iron shot to a huge green with multiple, tough, flagstick placements. The placement of the greenside bunkers will lead to a lot of “aim for the center of the green” strategy sessions between players and caddies. Par is a good score here, but this is the last good chance at birdie.
Hole 16

Hole 17 North

This tee shot on this 207-yard hole is uphill and into the prevailing southwest wind. A restored cross bunker could be in play for a mishit from the back tee. A large collection area right of green protects against bail-out shots away from deep left greenside bunkers. The green is well protected left and right with big, deep bunkers. Most players will hit fairway woods into the center of the green and hope to two-putt. The putting surface has numerous undulations that will lead to many more three-putts than two.
Hole 17

Hole 18 North

Another big par 5 played into the wind on most days. The tee shot must split two fairway bunkers, leaving a possibility of reaching this in two onto a sloping green. The best play here is a drive between the two fairway bunkers that lands short of the third bunker. The green itself is the most sinister on the golf course with tough-to-lead right-to-left and back-to-front breaks. Look for a lot a drama here on this 472-yard hole on Sunday where birdie or a possible eagle could decide the Champion.
Hole 18

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