The MacKenzie Golf Course is an 18-hole course measuring a respectable 7,030-yards from the back tees. Hole 15 is a challenging hole to play with a bunker that tests most.
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 15. Check it out!
Playing the hole
When approaching hole 15 there is a strategy you should use at the tee box. Walk to the left of the tee box and look at the angle of the hole, then travel to the right of the tee box and do the same. Hole 15 is a dogleg left, tee up on the right for a straighter and shorter drive.
Before you take your first shot, take a look at the fairway for any specific target you can focus on. There is a green irrigation box that is the perfect target for this hole.
Today we will explain how to play out of the left rough. This is the perfect place to hit that low punch shot back onto the fairway and hopefully on the green or in front of the green.
For low punch shots it is important to pick the right iron, for a shot like this a 5 or 6 iron is best. Line up your shot with your back foot (right foot), then you will need to swing further up then down, and finish low.
For the pitch shot grab a wedge, (58° Vokey wedge is used in the video) you’ll want to get it up in the air onto the green so it rolls to the hole. A helpful tip is to get specific on where you want to land your shot, find a spot on the green you can focus and aim at before you take your pitch shot.
From there it is an easy putt!