The MacKenzie Golf Course is an 18-hole course measuring a respectable 7,030-yards from the back tees. Hole 12 is a par 3 with a sneaky bunker just right of the green.
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 12. Check it out!
Playing the hole
When approaching hole 12 you’ll want to hit down towards the middle of the green, the pin placement doesn’t matter. The green is designed to roll the ball in. Mike aims to the left of the green and hits a low shot so that the slope of the green takes the ball right to the hole.
There is a large oak tree directly behind the green, take aim to the right side of the base of the tree to give you a perfect line to hit your shot.
If you made it on the green, good job! If you didn’t, notice the grass surrounding the green is thicker and holds moisture, Mike uses a 58-degree Volkey wedge to get his ball on the green. To set up this shot, have your clubface open to add loft and take a full swing!
On the green
When reading the green, look at the cup. In this video, the cup is tilted. Look for the slant of the cup to find the slope. Aim two feet on the side of the hole where the slope takes the ball to the hole.
From there it should be an easy putt!