Makray Memorial Golf Course
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Makray Memorial Golf Club is a premier 18-hole championship caliber course in Illinois with four sets of tees, strategic bunkers, bent grass tees, fairways and greens, blue grass roughs and spectacular views. Additionally there is a state of the art practice facility which includes 1 1/2 acres of bent grass teeing ground, two practice putting greens, and a short game area.
The first hole starts from a spectacular elevated teeing area. The tee shot must fit between two large trees to an uphill, wide fairway. The second shot uphill to a large double-green with a greenside bunker to the right. Playing this par 4 into the prevailing wind and uphill makes it a great starting hole.
The second hole is a downhill par 4 sweeping dogleg to the left through a grove of mature oak trees. A small creek and a bunker to the right guard the green. Playing downhill and into the prevailing wind is a trade-off.
A Par 4 is located at the west boundary of the course. Tee shots are from a high bank over a wetland area that extends the entire length of the hole. The approach shot is over a creek to a small green tucked into oak trees with bunkers right and left. A short hole, but accuracy is needed.
The Par 3 fourth can be considered a signature hole because of its view. It plays downhill to a narrow lengthy green. A pond parallels the green to the right and oak trees frame the left.
The fifth is the longest par 4 on the front side, starting with a blind tee shot that goes downhill and doglegs to the right. Second shots are to a large elevated green with a bunker to the left and a very steep and deep bunker to the right.
The first par 5 is the sixth hole. It curves slightly to the left and uphill from the tee to a wide driving area. The lay up shot is narrow with a series of three small fairway bunkers carved into berms left and out of bounds right. The approach shot is to a small-elevated green with a large bent grass collection area to the left.
The seventh hole is a par 3. It features a large series of berms on the right with a unique Scottish style sod faced bunker cut into the largest berm at the side of the green. This long green also has a deep grass depression and bunker to the left.
Hole Eight is a very short downhill par 4 that long drivers might want to test their length, but accuracy is a must. Long native grasses, a bunker and water guard the green.
The par 4 ninth hole going back into the wind has the tee surrounded by water and wetlands giving it a peninsula affect. The beautiful fourteen foot waterfall can be viewed from the tee. Now players are faced with a long hole with water sometimes in play to the left of the fairway to a very high green with steep bunkers on each side.
Starting the back nine is the long par 4 tenth hole. The tee shot must carry a large wetland to a spacious fairway. The approach shot is uphill to a very large double green, shared by the first green and guarded by a large bunker to the left.
The eleventh hole is the toughest on the course. A downhill tee shot must hit the fairway of this slight dogleg to the right; otherwise the water hazards will quickly come into play. The hole offers a very large green with quite a bit of slope that will influence ones putting.
The newly redesigned twelfth hole is sporty and demands an accurate tee shot. The fairway now angled to the left is narrow with many rolls and dips. In addition to the right side being bordered by out of bounds three large bunkers are strategically located in the tee shot landing area. The left side is framed with a large berm and a 70 yard shelf bunker that parallels the lateral water hazard. The green is large and features a slight pitch from back to front with many subtle rolls. It also offers a rather large opening to receive approach shots and is guarded by bunkers on the left and right sides.
Hole Thirteen is a mid-length par 3. The tee shot must carry over a large ravine to a small green, tucked into a grove of trees, between two small pot bunkers. All shots hit short will be faced with an extremely uphill pitch shot.
The fourteenth hole is a par 4 short in length. Driving it straight is necessary because it is uphill and narrow. The second shot is extremely testy caused by the highly elevated green which is very small and difficult to see. Proper club selection is a must.
The par 5 fifteenth hole is a long downhill par 5. The tee shot must avoid the out of bounds left; also the high bank on the right makes the depressed fairway look even narrower. The pond challenges the lay-up shot to the right and out of bounds to the left. Pinpoint accuracy of the third shot is needed to the slightly uphill green with a bunker right and two on the left.
Hole Sixteen, a par 4, starts by hitting the tee shot over a wetland with large berms on the left. Additionally, this shot needs to be kept left because the fairway slopes to the right towards the wetland. Berms frame both sides of the fairway as you approach the elevated green. Don’t be long on the second; danger looms over the green.
The longest par 3 is the seventeenth, which slopes slightly downhill. The green is one of the largest and has a bunker to the right and a very deep bunker left. Great bunker play is needed if in the left one. The large green also features many mild slopes.
The eighteenth hole is a long par 5 through a canyon of berms to a narrow fairway. The second shot needs to be kept to the left to avoid the pond on the right. After this shot don’t forget to take a glimpse at the beautiful stucco pump house with waterwheel. The final approach shot needs to be very accurate. The green is surrounded by high berms with a pot bunker left and a very deep and steep bunker to the right.