Golf Hole of the Week: Randall Oaks No. 16

Troublesome flooding on the 16th hole at Randall Oaks Golf Club in West Dundee should be solved thanks to recent completion of a two-phase project that head pro Steve Gillie says has improved it dramatically.

Played as a temporary par 3 since work began in the fall of 2012, the new, raised fairway was recently re-sodded and is scheduled to re-open on Friday.

“It’s not overly long, a par 4 of about 359 yards from our gold (longest) tees with a slight dogleg right,” Gillie said.

To relieve the flooding issue, a pond on the right hand side of the fairway was dug out deeper and nearly tripled in size.

“The dirt from the pond was put on the fairway to raise it significantly, from three to five feet and new bunkering added,” Gillie said. “The fairway is a little wider.”

The back half of the hole was renovated in the first year and the front half in the second by Lohman Golf Designs in Marengo, which had overseen the renovation of the course’s front nine nearly 10 years ago.

“Some people have looked at it and thought we rebuilt the green, but we didn’t touch it,” Gillie said. “Because of the change to the pond and the raised, undulating fairway, it seems that way.”

A challenging tee shot awaits golfers with the pond on the right at the bend in the fairway and bunkering on the left.

Trees line the left side of the fairway and a new bunker is directly in front of the green, testing golfers’ approach.

Rick Armstrong

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Randall Oaks Golf Club

410 Binnie Rd., West Dundee

To reserve tee time: 847-428-5661

Website: randalloaksgc.com

Head professional: Steve Gillie

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