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  • COURSE

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    Conway Farms GC

    Course Par Value: 71 • Course Yardage: 7251
    Conway Farms Golf Club opened for play on August 3, 1991. The Tom Fazio award-winning course sits on 209 acres in Lake Forest, Illinois, and is designed around the traditions of Scottish links golf. The origins of Conway Farms Golf Club trace back to three Lake Forest families whose love for golf was exceeded only by their foresight. Their vision for a first rate golf club began with the purchase in 1956 of a farm straddling a stretch of old Conway Road, thus giving rise to the name Conway Farms. The club is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the game, encouraging walking, fast play and the strong support of Championship golf. Note: Official BMW Championship par and yardages have not yet been released.
    HOLE PAR YARDS
    1 4 389 Stand on the first tee and note that the hole is framed by the trees. Don't let the yardage fool you - this is not an easy start. Driver is not necessary to position yourself left of the fairway bunker for a short iron into this amply sized green. Shots into the front of the green tend to spin backward and those hit past the middle typically kick forward.
    2 3 196 The par 3s at Conway are distinctive and difficult, and the second hole is no exception. The green slopes from back left to front right. The rear of the green is two-thirds narrower than the middle of the green and is perched above the front of the green. Four bunkers and deep rough surround the green. Center of the green is always a good play for any hole location.
    3 4 402 The par-4 third hole is the last birdie opportunity before a strong stretch of holes. A bunker bisects the straightaway fairway on the right, 265 yards from the rear teeing ground. Plan your approach shot for some forward roll as the green runs away from right to left. The surrounding area offers little protection from the wind gusts that are prevalent at Conway Farms.
    4 4 512 This long par 4 may seem wide from the teeing ground, but a left-side drive is optimal as the trees down the right prevent a shot to the green. Depending on wind direction, a mid-iron to a fairway wood will be needed to reach the green, which runs right left and front to back. A shot to the left side of the green will funnel into a runoff area, and a water hazard sits behind the green.
    5 4 470 The most demanding hole on the golf course begins with a long carry over a water hazard to an uphill landing zone. Favor the left side of the fairway, as large poplar trees block the right side. The second shot requires an accurate long iron shot to a green that runs away from the center in all directions.
    6 3 218 The second par 3 on the outward nine requires a long iron to a large green surrounded by trouble. The most difficult hole location is back left, a raised section of the green protected by a large bunker. The back-right portion of the green runs away from the tee. A back right greenside bunker and a bent runoff in front provide many challenges on this hole.
    7 4 345 This short hole defined by a two-tiered green offers a birdie opportunity. Driver is only necessary for those attempting to drive the green; otherwise, a fairway wood or long iron will leave the player with a short wedge shot. Control your spin into this receptive green.
    8 5 600 From the tee, the lake looks to be the main hazard. However, the real troublemaker is a riveted bunker located by the green. Solid shots are required to leave you with your optimal yardage into this shallow green. Avoid the deep bunker that fronts the green. It may be tempting to attack this green in two, but short is much more demanding than the runoff area behind the green.
    9 4 405 Be sure to control your tee shot on this straightaway par 4. The two bunkers to the left of center are a good target. Heather grass surrounds both sides of the hole. The left side of the fairway is desirable to attack any hole location. The left side of the green is narrower than the right, so pay attention to proper yardage and direction. Two greenside bunkers await any errant shot into the green.
    10 4 458 This is one of the most challenging holes at Conway, requiring accuracy and length. Heather to the left of the fairway and a deep bunker and creek that meander down the right side visually intimidate the golfer. The view from the fairway is spectacular. A bentgrass runoff area is to the left of the green and the creek skirts the right.
    11 3 177 The 11th hole seems straightforward, but can be quite challenging. Club selection and proper direction are imperative. The difficulty of the hole is intensified when the swirling winds come up, as the surrounding area offers little protection. The green is set diagonally with the water running parallel to the front edge of the green. Any ball in the center of green here and you have achieved your goal.
    12 4 419 The rear teeing ground is raised and offers a beautiful view of several holes. The fairway narrows at 300 yards, with bunkers flanking the left side of the fairway and a drive to the right bringing the trees near the green into play. The green has two levels, with the left side higher than the right. A large, deep bunker guards the left side of the green and a shallow bunker catches stray shots to right.
    13 4 465 Depending on the wind, it is possible to drive straight through the fairway on this dogleg-left par 4. It is tempting to cut off yardage by going down the left side, but a pulled shot will end up in one of two deep-faced bunkers. The green is accessible in front with two deep bunkers to the right. The terrain moves to the right and shots played short left will pitch forward and roll to the right. The green is sectioned into two parts, and the back of the green provides the most difficult hole locations.
    14 5 585 This par 5 gently moves uphill to the right, but the terrain pulls to the left. Native grass to the right surrounds the well-bunkered fairway. The layup area narrows at 90 yards and the undulating fairway slopes from right to left. Two bunkers short provide defense of the green at 50 yards. Shots that carry this bunker propel forward and to the left. The green has bunkers to the right and left, with the left fronted by a bentgrass runoff area.
    15 4 342 This short hole with a lake on the left offers many options off the tee. Big hitters can try to drive the green, but beware of lurking trouble. The fairway is a must to hit, as the rough to the right of the fairway is thick and presents a side hill lie that makes it difficult to control trajectory and spin. Two riveted bunkers protect a back hole location that requires accurate distance control. Bent grass surrounding the green will offer unique opportunities for your short game.
    16 4 466 Take a breath because the last three holes at Conway Farms are very demanding. Watch the wind direction on the tee as it can make the hole play dramatically different. The tee shot is awkwardly angled across the fairway and drives over a lake. It is tempting to cut yardage off the hole by driving down the left side, but a large, deep bunker is cut into the fairway. A drive onto the right side of the fairway is safer, but mounds make it difficult to see the green. Your second shot plays uphill to a narrow and deep green. The green tends to run away from the golfer and allows for a run-up shot.
    17 3 232 This is a spectacular par 3. The hole presents a downhill tee shot to a green that is receptive to long irons. The left side of the green is the safe play with a small fairway in front. The right side of the green is raised and offers the most difficult hole location. Bunkers are situated front right and back left.
    18 5 570 The closing hole has strong visual impact. From the tee, one can see all the way uphill to the green, which can be reached in two. A creek runs down the right side of the hole, crosses the fairway at 350 yards and continues down the left side until 60 yards out where it crosses the fairway and runs along the front and right side of the green. The tee shot must avoid the deep bunker on the left. The layup shot is very demanding with trees on the right and the creek on the left. The green is best attacked from the left side of the fairway, and the bunker on the right comes into play with a back-right hole location.

    Aronimink GC

    Course Par Value: 70 • Course Yardage: 7190
    Ross designed Aronimink to put even the best golfers to the "supreme test" - that of exceptional long-iron play. The Ross challenge is evident from the very first hole, which presents a sharp drop right off the tee, followed by a 250-yard uphill climb to the green. The course also requires endurance - especially on the 16th hole with its 545-yard,par-5 challenge.

    To assure players are at the top of their games, Aronimink is balanced with well-crafted shorter holes that make strategic excellence and accuracy essential. However, in classic Ross style, the ingenuity of the course's design opens it up to all levels of abilities-presenting a rewarding challenge to the most skilled professionals, while giving average golfers a course on which they can play with confidence.

    HOLE PAR YARDS
    1 4 428

    No. 1 - Apache

    This hole name the "Apache", is one of the most memorable starting holes in championship golf. It plays long and uphill, but the fairway is very generous. It is a slight dogleg left that requires a long tee shot along the right side of the fairway. A player's middle to long-iron second shot remains into a two-tier, right-to-left angled green. Comin up short is the rule of the day, so players should always add one club to the yardage. The fairway bunker is located 80 yards from the green.

    2 4 422

    No. 2 - Pueblo

    Named the "Pueblo" by the Architect Donald Ross. This dogleg left with the fairway sloping away from the dogleg makes for a difficult tee shot. A driver must be hit with a draw into the slope or the ball will roll through the fairway behind the cluster of pines that block the players approach shot to the green. Two fairway bunkers at the corner of the dogleg are possible to carry, but the tee shot must be precise. This is a birdie hole with a well-placed tee shot.

    3 4 446

    No. 3 - Navajo

    Named the "Navajo" by the Architect Donald Ross; this dogleg left with the fairway sloping away from the dogleg makes for a difficult tee shot. A driver must be hit with a draw into the slope or the ball will roll through the fairway behind the cluster of pines that block the players approach shot to the green. Two fairway bunkers at the corner of the dogleg are possible to carry, but the tee shot must be precise. This is a birdie hole with a well-placed tee shot.

    4 4 457

    No. 4 - Seminole

    Named the "Seminole" by Donald Ross. A long par 4 with a landing area hidden over the crest of a hill. The green is fairly small for a hole that can play so long. Look for the hole's location to be placed on the small terrace on the left side of the green. Any player's shot directed at the flag had better not miss if a reasonable up-and-down opportunity is expected. A deep bunker is located in front of the green on the right to catch errant shots.

    5 3 178

    No. 5 - Mohawk

    Named the "Mohawk" by the Architect Donald Ross. It's typical of Ross's style of course routing. He liked his courses to play downhill to the Par 3's and uphill to the Par 4 and 5's. The bunkers left, right, and center are viciously deep and the green has several difficult hole locations. Narrow terraces on the right and left side of the green make several visually challenging hole locations. The safe shot is to the middle of the green, but a player may very well decide this is one of them.

    6 4 392

    No. 6 - Comanche

    Named the "Comanche" by the Architect Donald Ross. A dogleg right with two large fairway bunkers at the inside corner that can be carried with a solid tee shot. He also liked to challenge the player to carry the bunkers at the doglegs. The green has a large mound at the front left and another running diagonally from the back left to the middle. If the hole location is near either, chipping close is difficult. This is another short par 4 for players that requires precision from tee to green.

    7 4 401

    No. 7 - Shawnee

    Named the Shawnee by the Architect Donald Ross. Number seven is a dogleg right with a series of mounds and trees guarding the corner. A back-left hole location is dangerous for players. The green rolls off to a chipping area that will take the ball down a severe hill. The green also has a large mound that runs diagonally from the back toward the middle. By now, the player should recognize how Ross protects par on and around the green complex with plateaus and mounds running at diagonals.

    8 3 238

    No. 8 - Sitting Bull

    Named the "Sitting Bull" by the Architect Donald Ross. This Par 3 will play long to a narrow green form the highly elevated back tee. This green is without much depth and has an obligatory mound bisecting the green. It is a picturesque hole where par will be a good score, and players will be hitting long irons from the tee.

    9 5 605

    No. 9 - Kickapoo

    Named the "Kickapoo" by the Architect Donald Ross. The first of only two par 5's on the course, the best tee shot is a draw to keep the ball from following the slope of the right rough. The green provides players with on the best opportunities for holing a putt. This green is one of the few that is benign.

    10 4 445

    No. 10 - Cherokee

    Named the "Cherokee" by the Architect Donald Ross. This hole is the most demanding on the course. A Narrow Fairway is guarded right with a bunker and two very large sycamore trees. The Left rough is no bargain either, considering a lake guards the front left of the green. A lay up might seem the prudent play but that means a longer iron into a very difficult green. A player's putt to a hole location on the terraced left side could possible roll back to the lower front level.

    11 4 408

    No. 11 - Kiowea

    Named the "Kiowea" by the Architect Donald Ross. "Subtle" best describes this uphill par 4. The driving area is generous. The green presents the difficulty. A bowl in the middle of the green guards hole locations to the upper level that surrounds it on three sides. An approach shot not played precisely will roll back into the lower level or even worse over the green. A chip from behind the green can be impossible due to the slope and speed. Three putts will not be uncommon.

    12 4 459

    No. 12 - Saginaw

    Named the "Saginaw" by the Architect Donald Ross. The tee on 12 sits 12-15 feet above the green on 11. The drive falls 35 feet onto level ground, leaving a very long uphill shot to the green. As on 11, the entire hole is in full view from the start. Six or seven large bunkers are staggered right and left all the way from the tee shot landing area to the green. The undulating putting surface affords marvelous variety in cup position.

    13 4 387

    No. 13 - Blackfoot

    Named the "Blackfoot" by the Architect Donald Ross. A rare birdie hole is possible for the average to good player on No. 13. Most players will play an iron or fairway wood from the tee. This leaves a short iron into a well-guarded green. A terrace in the front right as well as a small diagonal terrace in the back of the green will be the most challenging hole locations.

    14 3 215

    No. 14 - Iroquois

    Named the "Iroquois" by the Architect Donald Ross. This is a long par-3 hole with two massive bunkers guarding the green. A long iron is required here. Another small terrace in the back better will definitely be a hole location on the weekend. Depending on the wind in particular and the weather in general, the tee shot will vary from a 3- or 4-wood to a mid-iron.

    15 4 500

    No. 15 - Lenape

    Named the "Lenape" by the Architect Donald Ross. This is a long par 4 with a menacing fairway bunker on the right that must be avoided. A good tee shot will leave a long iron into a large green that is one of the easiest on the course. It is one of only green without terraces or mounds.

    16 5 558

    No. 16 - Sioux

    Named the "Sioux" by the Architect Donald Ross. One of the few birdie opportunities at Aronimink, it's the most reachable of the two Par 5's. the deep bunker at the corner of the dogleg left can be carried, but the right side of the fairway presents the better angle into the green. Several bunkers on the right side must be avoided. A long approach must be hit very high to hold a wide-but-shallow green. The putting surface rolls off on the edges, as do many of these greens.

    17 3 215

    No. 17 - Seneca

    Named the "Seneca" by the Architect Donald Ross. A downhill par 3, the 17th is an outstanding one shotter that can call for anything form a 4-iron to a 4-wood, depending on the weather. Any errant shot will trickle down the steep bank into the lake guarding the large green. There is plenty of sand right and left front at the front corners of the green. Another superlative Aronimink hole.

    18 4 436

    No. 18 - Aronimink

    Named the "Aronimink" by the Architect Donald Ross. Players must hit the fairway and avoid the first bunker on the right. Trees loom on the far left and right sides of the fairway requiring a precise tee shot. A fade avoiding the bunker on the right fits best. The second shot requires a middle iron uphill to a large green that sits directly in front of the Aronimink clubhouse. This winding terraced green provides interesting hole locations for the final hole of this Championship golf course.

    Medinah CC (No. 3)

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