Golf: Hole of the Week: Fountain Hills No. 9
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media August 20, 2014 9:32PM
The view off the tee at Fountain Hills Golf Club's Hole No. 9. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 22, 2014 12:30PM
12601 S. Kedzie Ave.
Alsip, IL 60803
Blue Tees: 340 yards
White Tees: 319
Red Tees: 298
Junior Tees: 200
No. 9’s Layout: The water-hazard-heavy par 4 allows game golfers to go for the green with a solid drive. Water sits on the left and right of the fairway while also ringing the green. The fairway and approaches offer a small landing area for a reach the green in two mentality. Bunkers line the fairway up the right side. Trees are on the far right side of the green, with a short shot to the left likely finding water.
How about some strategy?
Rich Gottardo, Fountain Hills General Manager: “It is a score-able hole if you play it smart. If you try to go too long with your drive, you are putting yourself in danger. The fairways slope to the water, so the best shot is usually 200, 210, 215 yards at most. That will leave you a short iron shot to the green. You can challenge it with a driver if you try to stay to the right-hand side of the green and see if you can run it up. That is a very difficult shot.”
How do you attack No. 9?
Gottardo: “I’m probably playing a 6-iron off the tee to 120, 125 yards out from the green. Then you can use a little wedge to the green. At most, I’d use a 9-iron depending on the wind. Going for the green in two shots, it’s more play it safe. We do have some guys who can hit it long enough — and can do it especially with the wind behind them. It is a very challenging green to get to off the tee box.”
What is No. 9’s appeal?
Gottardo: “People say they play a good round until that hole. It’s usually a hole that sneaks up on you and takes a bit out of you. Visually, it is very challenging with water just past the landing area. The average score is usually a bogey or higher.
“Before I started working here, we did have a scorecard with a hole-in-one on No. 9. He’s not a regular and hasn’t come back. I’ve never seen him as a customer since. Signed off by his playing partners, the scorecard sat on the desk when I got here.”