The MacKenzie Golf Course is an 18-hole course measuring a respectable 7,030-yards from the back tees. Hole 11 is notoriously the hardest to play with a whopping distance of 631-yards! This par 5 is the longest hole on the course.
Mike Woods is the PGA Director of Golf, one of our Morton Golf Partners, and the Morton Golf Foundation Vice President. He has been with the Haggin Oaks team since 1990. In 1996, Woods was named the Head Golf Professional at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex.
In this video, Mike Woods explains the best way to play Hole 11. Check it out!
Playing the hole
When approaching Hole 11 aim for the right-center of the hole towards the left edge of the bunker that’s in the distance by the greens.
The second shot is crucial, you could do a few things here: aim for the trees directly ahead, aim right of the trees, or aim left of the trees.
If you chose to play the middle of the fairway, land the shot just short of the trees. Choosing to play the right or left of the trees depends on the pin placement. If the pin is on the right, you want to aim for the right of the trees. If the pin is on the left, you want to aim for the left of the trees.
For the third shot, remember that the green is firmer, harder than other greens on the course. You will typically get a large first hop. With that in mind, grab your wedge of choice and aim for the hole, flying about 5 yards less to give room for that hop.
For the putt, keep in mind that the green tends to tilt from the back to the front. Take a few practice strokes to get a feel for the slope and give it your best shot!