Chicago Heights resident John Mitchell is like the mailman. He keeps his appointed rounds.
He plays the Chicago Heights Park District West Golf Course nearly every day after work. And he has an opinion on how to go about that task. He feels the 422-yard, par-4 seventh hole is the most challenging hole on the nine-hole layout.
“It is the No. 1 handicap hole on the course,” Mitchell said.
The trick is to drive the ball off the tee down the right side of the fairway and avoid the bunkers, which come into play on both sides of the hole.
“It is important to play toward the right-hand side at the top of the hill if you want to be successful on this hole,” Mitchell said.
In a demonstration, he did just that, knocking his drive right where he wanted it to go. “Did you get that on tape?” Mitchell asked. “Hope your camera has a zoom lens.”
The first shot often will dictate how you are going to fare on the hole, according to Mitchell. “If you go left on your drive, you are forced to waste your second shot, going right to get back in play, not shooting at the green."