Marquette Park's Hole No. 7's tee shot to a tree-lined fairway. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 17, 2014 2:15AM
Marquette Park Chicago Park District Golf Course
6700 S. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60629
Blue Tees: 485 yards
Red Tees: 420
Men’s Handicap: 3
Women’s Handicap: 3
No. 7’s Layout: This apparently straightforward par 5 has some subtle challenges. Trees line the entire fairway, with bunkerd on both the left and right sides about 200 to 250 yards from the tee. The fairway has a slight dogleg right, with a willow tree providing an obstacle that hangs over the fairway’s right side. The downward-sloping green is ringed by trees, with a bunker sitting below the green on either side.
How about some strategy?
Adam Piratzky, general manager: “If you hit a good drive down the left side of the fairway, you are going to have a chance to get there in two. It’s so wide open on the right side that it becomes so easy to block it out right, then you have no shot to the green. You can take a short iron and punch it out to the 150-yard marker or hit a pitching wedge over the trees.
“You still have an 80-yard shot in. It is a challenging hole. The green sloping down to the front ... anything in the front half of the green is a very tough pin position. If you hit a good drive, you’re going to have a good scoring opportunity, but you can easily make double bogey as well.”
How do you attack No. 7?
Piratzky: “When you tee off, it is wide open. The landing area is pretty wide open around the 250-yard marker. It really makes it important to hit that fairway, which in itself is pretty narrow. From there, you’ve got overhanging willow trees on the fairway, so it’s a pretty narrow lay-up shot, even a shot to the green. It makes it tough even as a lay-up shot. It goes uphill 15, 20 yards as you’re approaching the green so your second shot into the green will be uphill, maybe an extra club. The whole green slopes down to the front, which makes it even tougher if you’re above the hole putting down.
What is No. 7’s appeal?
Piratzky: “It’s the longest hole on the golf course, and I think it is the most challenging. When we have tournaments out here, since it’s toward the end of your round, it’s a good chance to gain a stroke on the field. If you make a birdie there, our par-3s are pretty tough. If you birdie (No.) 7, you know you’re doing pretty well, and you caught up on the field a little bit. It helps you finish strong for sure.”
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