Hole #4, Par 4
The fourth is the number one handicap hole and its ranking is well deserved. BUT, pay no attention to the short yardage of 365 yards from the middle tee. This hole is wooded from tee to green on both sides. The tee shot must carry a narrow hazard which is actually a creek lying on a diagonal fronting the entire width of the landing area giving the player another risk/reward shot to think about. There’s a plaque in the teeing area indicating “Yardage to Safely Clear Creek” –211 yards, Black Tee, 187 yards, Blue Tee, 172 yards, White Tee. A well placed tee shot that carries the right side of the creek will result in a much shorter approach shot, conversely, an easier tee shot over the left side of the creek can result in a much longer second shot. Being in the fairway and over the creek is a good start, the hole is a severe dog-leg right, up a steep hill to a two tiered and sloped green from back to front protected by a small bunker. The severity of this green often results in an endless variety of putts making this hole one of the most talked about holes on the course. You may occasionally see deer on this hole as Darby Creek and Battelle Darby Metro Park are close by. An audubon survey resulted in eighty seven different species of birds being identified on Hickory Hills. There are currently forty bird houses on the course.