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Medinah Country Club

Medinah Country Club No. 3 – GolfPass Grass Guru

BMW Championship • Hole 10 • Par 5 • 575 yds

With long days out at the Northern Trust behind me, it’s on to the final playoff tournament at Medinah Country Club. Of all the changes in this year’s schedule, the shortening of the playoffs is by far my least favorite. The drama of players jockeying for positions at the lower cut point made for some real dramatics. The dramatics are still there we just get far less of them.

Medinah Country Club is the host of this week’s tournament – specifically, course Number 3. Medinah Country Club is a gorgeous course with tons of fun holes and, of course, bunkers. This week’s bunker is the green side rear on hole 10. First, I love the green on 10. The green is so sloped at it’s essentially a turtle shell. It’s the perfect shape to send balls flying into the bunker behind. However, in terms of architecture this bunker is just ok. In fact, the fairway bunker on this very hole is much more dynamic and fun. Yet, something about the green/ bunker interaction on this hole is much more satisfying. This bunker is a nice collection area spanning the entirety of the back of the green. It just fits. Seeing players stick and hold this green, shows why they’re playing and I’m writing this blog post.

Medinah Country Club is gorgeous…

and I’m super excited we get to watch some golf here this year. Tons of water carries which are always awesome to see, especially on the par 3’s. The diversity of shots played here is awesome as well a real shot shooters course. Also, shout out to TJ at Liberty for mixing up the greens ball mark sand this week,  a regular Picasso. Also anytime I see my bud Jim Furyk near the top of the leaderboard you know we’re in for a good time (knock on wood). I say bud, because well you know the story by now.

Even though this is the second to last event of the season, don’t even think about putting those clubs away. We are rolling right into peak golf weather my friends. I can’t wait to break out the quarter zips with that cool crisp morning air and hit some balls. Is there anything better than seeing your breath but it not be to ocold, the sun is peaking through the haze and you’re golfing? Answer, No.

Cover Photo: Courtesy of Medinah Country Club // pgatour.com

Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass (hello Huggy Bear). Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a crisp morning, would be teeing it off. Shoot Eric a message at eric@golfpass.co or check out his other blogs here.