Course Three at Medinah is cool in the fact that its hosted lots of tournaments and its always fun to play a course that your heroes have played. Outside of that, there's not much else to boast about. The first 11 holes play over an amazing, rolling landscape, but they are extremely dull. The back picks up a bit with the 12th hole, which is cool with how steep the fairway banks down to the right, but its almost impossible for less than average players to reach the green from 470 yards (from the member tees lol) due to the slope along with a large tree in front of the green. The sixteenth is pretty cool, you can cut off the right side and hit it over the trees. The green itself is purched atop a hill, and I honestly have always wanted to see the front actually act as a false front. The "signature holes" of 2, 13, and 17 are kind of cool but have little nuance to them.
I'm always amazed by course one. Tom Doak & Co did an amazing job on the fairly flat piece of land. I truly hope he comes back to redo course three. However, word on the street is that prior to the 2019 BMW Championship, the club was hoping to use the thick rough and tough conditions as leverage to get another US Open. But, since the players tore the course apart, word on the street is that the club may contract Hanse to restore it.
Date: February 21, 2020