The MacKenzie Golf Course is an 18-hole course measuring a respectable 7,030-yards from the back tees. Hole 9 is tricky par 4 with a large oak tree in the center of the fairway.
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 9. Check it out!
Playing the hole
When approaching hole 9 you’ll notice the large oak tree on the right side of the fairway. You’ll want to tee up on the right side of the tee box and aim down the left side of the fairway. This approach eliminates the issue of the big oak tree and allows for a clear shot down the fairway.
For the second shot, don’t aim for the pin! Check where the pin is located.
If the pin is on the front of the green, the best place to aim is short of the green and to the right.
If the pin is on the back of the green, the best place to aim is past the pin so that you will be putting up the hill.
On the green
Hole 9 has greens with a noticeable curve. To find the best putt, get low to the ground and note where the slope is. Pick a spot to aim your putt where the green breaks to the hole. Focus on the spot you chose and take a few practice strokes before taking the shot.
From there it should be an easy putt!