Hole 18: The Alister Club of Mckenzie County

Hole 18: The Alister Club of Mckenzie County

Derek S.
This golf hole design is a submittal to the 2010 Golf Digest Armchair Architect Competition by Derek Seifert. This hole is a tribute to one of the game's greatest designers, Alister Mackenzie. Mackenzie had a fondness for short par 4 golf holes that placed a premium on accuracy into the green, and this hole requires such precision. The design is located in an area that features a mixture of North Dakota badlands, Missouri River bluffs, and oil derrick platforms. The hole is roughly 400 yards long from the professional tee and 325 yards long from the forward tee. The hole can be shortened significantly with a bold drive over the fairway bunkers, however a side-hill lie with pose a challange when hitting to the small green. The best route to the green is to aim towards the far fairway bunker on the tee shot and from the fairway, along that line, the remaining yardage is 130 yards. The small green, about 19 yards deep, runs away from the golfer and to the left, so approach shots played directly at the flag must be hit high and flush in order to stop. The prudent approach shot is a lower trajectory played to the right of the flag but left of the bunker located in the middle of the fairway 25 yards short of the green. The slope will riccochet the ball to the left and onto the green in all but the very wettest of playing conditions. Too bad this hole is not yet real, it would be a great hole to end a match on or need to birdie in order to win. #400_yard_par_4 #Alister_Mackenzie #Derek_Seifert #Williston_ND
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