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BY RORY SPEARS:
THIS MORNING AT MEDINAH COUNTRY CLUB, the membership voted on whether to approve a proposed renovation to it’s famed championship Course #3.
THE VOTE needed a 2/3 majority to pass. It did easily. The vote received an over 80% approval rate. That much we know.
OCM an Australian architecture firm, will oversee the renovation.
The three lead designers of the OCM team are, former 2006 U.S. Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Cocking and Ashley Mead.
But with the companies base being in Australia, it begs the question. Will this classic parkland course, end up looking like a dunes course in the UK. Which is a fair question and one that the membership had.
WHAT WE KNOW!
The clubs membership had video’s and plans to study for quite a while. So they could learn everything they needed to know. Based on the vote, they had all they needed.
But the plan has the heavy-lifting being done on the back-nine.
THE FAMED PAR 3 holes 13-17 will get changed. Not blown-up as rumored. The knock has been is that both holes play alike. But no longer. The 13th green moves right of it’s current location, tee box angles will be changed. But it will play shorter, around 160 from the tips. The 17th green moves left, closer to Medinah Road. Back tees sitting near 225 yards, the tee boxes will get moved to provide different challenges.
HOLE 18 WILL NOT BE A PAR 4-it becomes a par 5. So which back-nine par 5 becomes a par 4, hole 10 or 14. But making the 10th hole a par 4, makes more sense.
HOLES 15 and 16 will see some changes. I have always thought 16 could see some change. The second shot played longer than the tee shot, and to an uphill green. Hole 15 had a pond added for the 2012 Ryder Cup so players could gamble on getting home with their drive on this short par-4. But most players never attempted it. Word is most of the membership didn’t like the change.
MOST OF the major changes seem to be in the area of holes 13-18. But even back before the 2019 BMW Championship, there was some talk about moving the second tee to the right of it’s current location. Back to an area where a previous tee box area had sat years ago. The area has been over grown. But the thought was to make Hole 2 be able to play over a fairway all the way to the green. With water coming into play, only on the left side of the fairway.
TREE REMOVAL is apparently a serious part of the plan, with replanting of trees in other areas. Construction could begin next fall and the course will could be closed all of 2023.
BUT IT DOES APPEAR that much of the work done prior to the 2012 Ryder Cup, and the 2006 PGA Championship by Rees Jones will disappear. But time will tell.
Golfers on Golf will add more to this story as details become available. So stay clicked in.