Chicago Golf Club Hole by Hole - 18th Hole

Chicago Golf Club, Illinois

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For hole 18 at Chicago Golf Club, the key strategy is to aim for the left side of the fairway to avoid a bunker on the right. The green is small and surrounded by water, so accuracy is crucial. In colder weather, take into account potential distance loss due to altitude and wind when selecting a club.

Teebox type: Men's

Par: 4

Distance: 403 yards

Green Area:


Approx Fairway Width:


Has Water:



Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:


Bunker Count:



Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

Club Recommendations

Low Handicapper: For low handicappers, this hole is all about risk versus reward. With a drive distance of 280+ yards, you have the option to go for the green in one shot. However, with water surrounding the small green and only 2% bunker coverage on the green, it may be wiser to lay up and leave yourself with a short approach shot. In colder weather conditions where altitude and wind can affect ball flight, take an extra club to ensure your ball carries over any hazards.

Mid Handicapper: As a mid handicapper hitting drives around 230+ yards, it's important to focus on accuracy rather than distance off the tee. Aim for the left side of the fairway to avoid any trouble on the right and give yourself a clear approach shot. The slight dogleg left also plays into your favor as it opens up more space on that side of the fairway. Keep in mind that in colder weather conditions, you may need an extra club due to potential distance loss.

High Handicapper: For high handicappers who hit drives around 200+ yards, this hole may prove challenging but not impossible. Focus on keeping your tee shot straight down the middle of the fairway and avoid any trouble on either side. With only 5 bunkers scattered throughout this hole and none directly affecting shots onto or near the green, there is less risk involved compared to other holes at Chicago Golf Club.

Weather Note: During warmer months when temperatures are higher and winds are calmer, take advantage by trying for longer drives off the tee as long as you can keep them accurate.

In conclusion:

For low handicappers looking for eagles or birdies here - think before taking unnecessary risks; Mid handicap players should play smart by aiming left; High handicap golfers should aim down center while being mindful of their surroundings such as avoiding bunkers.

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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