Olympia Fields is the perfect test of golf. It's not overly long, but rather challenges accuracy, strategy, and creativity. The greens are phenomenal and decently undulating. The routing through Butterfield Creek is interesting, creating a decent amount of elevation change.
The entire back nine is extremely fun. The Eleventh is an interesting drive and pitch par 4 which demands strategy off the tee based on the pin location. The twelfth is an interesting dogleg right which plays over the creek to a beautiful green site. The thirteenth is an awesome short par 3 with a large, punchbowl green. Fourteen is probably the hardest hole on the course and my personal favorite. The hole plays into the valley created by the creek, and back uphill to a difficult green with a major false front. Fifteen is a cool par 5 that is full of options. 16 is another beautiful downhill par 3 over the creek.
Overall, I think the North course is the best championship test of golf in Chicago, with Bev as a close second. I think the North has a lot more variety than Medinah, which at this point has turned into a bomb and gouge course for long hitters due to technology.
Date: June 21, 2020