The view from the tee box at Midlothian Country Club's No. 2, a lengthy par-3 with bunkers ringing the green. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 10, 2014 2:26PM
5000 West 147th St.,
Midlothian, IL 60445
Blue Tees: 223 yards
White Tees: 202
Gold Tees: 170
Red Tees: 170
Handicap Men: 5
Handicap Ladies: 15
No. 2’s Layout: It’s not your everyday par 3. From a slightly elevated tee box, the green and the surrounding area leave little room for error. A three-tiered green is surrounded on three sides by deep bunkers. The bunker fronting the green offers the biggest challenge, requiring the golfer to carry his drive to the green. Depending on the pin placement, you could be in for a long day.
How about some strategy?
Brandon Adair, Midlothian’s Golf Professional: “No. 1 is the length, because it plays up to 200 yards. By the second hole, not everyone is warmed up yet. It is one of my favorite holes because the challenge is right there in front of you. You also have to carry the ball in excess of 180 yards to carry the bunker that fronts the green. You have to be precise. The green is only about 15 steps wide. Not only do you have to use the right club, but you have to keep your shot fairly straight.
How do you attack No. 2?
Adair: “It’s a long iron shot. You have to carry that front bunker for sure because it is almost impossible to get it up and down from that one. You have to at least carry it to pin high, depending on the challenges of where the pin is located. Outside of a 15-foot putt, it’s hard to make a birdie.
“You’re hitting at a small target. Once you get it onto the green, it has three different tiers. Putting it, or two-putting it, offers a good challenge for your par. Birdies are limited on this one. Take your three and get out of here.”
What is No. 2’s appeal?
Adair: “This is the 100th year anniversary of Midlothian hosting the U.S. Open (Walter Hagen won in 1914 with a 2-over par). Looking at the scores that were posted, bogeys were a good score now and then. The hole averages close to a bogey. Plays over a par for sure. If you can get out of the first two holes even-par, you have done your work. Our Par-3s are our toughest test.”
Hole of the Week Nomination
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