Hole #3, Par 3
Did you know that Hickory Hills has nineteen holes? It is an interesting story. The original #3, now called “old 3”, plays from an elevated tee down into a valley floor and is not only scenic but also beguiling. Old 3 is one of the most photographed holes on Hickory Hills. This short par 3 invites you to attack the flagstick, but if you hit a wayward tee shot, the severely sloped right side of the green will make you work hard for your par. The need to give this green a rest from heavy play and the need for more air circulation are some of the reasons “new #3” was constructed in the 1980s.
New #3 is some-what longer than old #3 with the green totally surrounded by mature trees and bunkered front, right front and left side. There’s a small slope fronting the green and a drop-off behind. The green is relatively flat on the left side, slopes back to front on the right side and contains several unexpected undulations. You need to keep the ball below the hole if you want to make your par here.