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Golf: Hole of the Week: Woodbine No. 4

The view off tee Woodbine's No. 4 Homer Glen. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media

The view off the tee at Woodbine's No. 4 in Homer Glen. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 15, 2014 5:33PM



14240 W. 151st St.,
Homer Glen, IL 60491

(708) 301-1252

Par 5

White Tees: 512 yards

Red Tees: 440

Handicap: 2

No. 4’s Layout: It’s a seemingly straightforward, lengthy par-5. The straight fairway rolls slightly up and is lined on each side with trees. Halfway up the fairway is the slope, the fairway gently going downhill toward the green. A small green has water protecting its front right side, with a deep bunker awaiting on the left. Two trees stand beyond the green, with 151st Street directly behind the trees.

How about some strategy?

Gregg Mallo, Woodbine Pro Shop Clerk: “All you see is the top of where you want to hit the ball. You can see the top of the fairway, but you can’t see the hole behind it. It is more like a target shot. It is challenging, because you need a good first drive to put you in place for a second even better shot to even have a chance to go for the green. If you don’t have that great first shot, you have to keep that in mind going for the green with water on the right and sand on the left. If you lay up short, you have to keep the water and sand in mind.”

How do you attack No. 4?

Mallo: “I’d recommend the driver off the tee. It is a straight drive as long as you can hit it straight, you will be in good shape for the second shot. If you have a really good drive, you are going to be tempted to go for the green in two. You’ve got to hit it at least 230 yards if you go for the green.

“I usually go for it. I’ve hit the green once this year, but I’ve gone left and right the rest of the time. It is a small landing area, so you’re lucky to be in play if you miss left or right.”

What is No. 4’s appeal?

Mallo: “It is a pretty challenging hole. That particular tee, you can come off the tee with your chest puffed out. You can think you hit a darn good drive — and you did — but when you get to the top of the hill (on the fairway), you see what’s left of the hole. That can bring you back to reality. It humbles you.

Have a Hole of the Week nomination? Email Tim O’Brien at tobrien10@gmail.com with the course and hole.



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