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Golf: Hole of the Week: Palos Country Club No. 7

The view from No. 7's elevated tee Palos Country Club. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media

The view from No. 7's elevated tee at Palos Country Club. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 8, 2014 11:03AM



13100 Southwest Highway,
Orland Park, IL 60462

(708) 448-6550

Par 3

Black Tees: 162 yards

White/Blue Tees: 147

Red/Yellow Tees: 137

Green Tees: 95

Handicap: 2

No. 7’s Layout: It’s a solid par-3 with little room for error. A large tree stands to the right of the elevated tee, with a small landing area sitting in front of the green. Water lines the landing area, then follows around a pond. The green itself slopes left to right with two bunkers lining the left side. Don’t miss short or right.

How about some strategy?

Jim Aller, Palos Country Club Pro Shop Manager: “There’s water on the right, so you’ve got to clear the cinder block wall ringing the water to get on the green. You have to have the distance. The tee is elevated, and the green is down with sand on the left. Unless you pick a spot when you hit it, you’re done. I would bet any amount of money that 80 percent of the people who play here end up the pond just because they’re not reading the wind or not reading the distance right.”

How do you attack No. 7?

Aller: “I use a 6-iron and not try to kill it, but more so put it right where you want to put it. You don’t want a real hard swing but some get loft out of it. A line drive, you’re just going to run right over the green. You want to put it up in the air and put it to the front of the green. My strategy is front side of the green on the left and the first cut, the ball is going to take off. The green slopes left to right, and it is normally fast.’

“(Off the tee) I’m playing it so the shot hits the rough and bounces up the green. If the hole is 150 yards and the front edge of the green is 140, I want to hit it at 140 in the first cut and let it bounce on and roll.”

What is No. 7’s appeal?

Aller: “Most people who come here find No. 7 a challenge. ‘What are we going to do today?’ One day I go out there, and I’m four feet from the pin. The next day I’m out there in a sand trap. It all depends on how you read it.

“I’ll hear a lot of, ‘I got it on the green, three feet from the hole!’ I never hear anything negative about it, but it is a big deal if a shot gets close. Every outing we have, No. 7 is always selected as their ‘money hole.’ We had an outing last week where hole-in-one won a car. It’s the challenge.”

Have a nomination for Hole of the Week from an area course? Email
Tim O’Brien at tobrien10@gmail.com with the course, hole and a reason for your nomination.



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