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2012 Ryder Cup: Ten Things to Know About Medinah Country Club

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The 39th Ryder Cup between Team USA and Team Europe is scheduled for September 28-30, 2012, at Medinah Country Club, in Medinah, Illinois.

Knowing the following 10 things about Course No. 3 at Medinah will help you enjoy the event:

Where: Medinah Country Club is located in a suburb of Chicago, west of O'Hare Airport, at 6N001 Medinah Rd, Medinah, IL 60157.

Clubhouse: Upon arrival, you'll be impressed by the Masonic-inspired, 60,000-square-foot clubhouse. The private club was founded by Shriners in the 1920s, but the Shriners-only limitation was lifted soon afterward.

Architect: Medinah Country Club has three courses, each designed by Tom Bendelow in the mid-1920s. Bendelow designed nearly 500 courses in his career, including East Lake in Atlanta, the site of the Tour Championship (the final event in the PGA Tour Playoffs).

Course No. 3: Being used for the 2012 Ryder Cup, Course No. 3 at Medinah is lined by many trees, and the waters of Lake Kadijah come into play on several holes. The course was lengthened prior to hosting the PGA Championship in 2006, at which time it was the longest-ever major championship venue. No.3 has hosted five major championships, from the 1949 U.S. Open to the 2006 PGA Championship.

Current Yardage: For the 2012 Ryder Cup, the course is listed at 7,658 yards, par-72, and with a slope of 151 and 78.1 rating. While the Ryder Cup is a match-play event, a professional course record of 65 is still of interest.

Opening Holes: The first hole, a 433-yard par 4, is relatively easy when compared to the rest of this course. Nevertheless, an approach missed to the back and left will end up in the lake. On the scorecard, #2 is just a 192-yard par 3. In reality, however, it is entirely played across Lake Kadijah to a small green. Any miss left or short will be wet.

Signature Hole: Many consider the 13th, another par 3, to be Medinah's signature hole. The 245-yard carry may play a significant role in many Ryder Cup matches as players contend with the winds off of Lake Kadijah. The green is elevated, slopes from right to left, and is guarded by three deep bunkers.

Final Holes: Any player reaching the 17th hole will face yet another par 3, playing across the lake at 193 yards. Any ball hit long, left or right, will likely find a bunker. The green at #18, a 449-yard par 4, is raised nearly a full story above the fairway and flanked by steep bunkers. Television viewers will see the beautiful view of the clubhouse in the background, but the players (focused on the task at hand) may not even notice.

Cell Phones: You may bring your cell phone (or mobile device) to Medinah, but it must be set to silent or vibrate. There are designated areas around the course where you can make or receive calls. Use of any camera (including on your mobile device) is not permitted on the match days, Friday through Sunday.

Playing Medinah?: Medinah Country Club is private. You can, however, play golf at Medinah if you are the guest of a member. Maybe you can make a friend during your visit.

Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest of all time.

Sources:

rydercup.com

medinahcc.org

pgatour.com

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