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Golf Australia Express : Issue 54—Ryder Cup
COURSE THE BEING UNIQUE CAN HAVE both pros and cons. For Medinah Country Club the former is certainly the case. Set on 640 acres of picturesque Illinois parkland with the calming Lake Kadijah featured on several holes, this 54-hole private country club will have the eyes of world golf firmly cast upon it this week. As host venue of the 39th Ryder Cup, its spectacular Byzantine-style clubhouse and manicured course will no doubt stage dramatic scenes that have become synonymous with the biennial event. Designed by Tom Bendelow and updated by Rees Jones, Medinah’s par 72 Course 3 becomes a three-day battlefield— albeit a pretty one—for Europe and the USA’s best players. And what a venue it is. Tight, tree-lined fairways and water hazards abound throughout the 7657-yard layout—a superb setup for match play golf. All three of Medinah’s famed par- 3s—2, 13, and 17—have waterfronts with the latter likely to play a role in deciding matches. Whatever ends up happening this weekend, few could argue Medinah was not the perfect place to stage such a remarkable event. OTG Image Gallery
Summer of Golf 2012-13