Chicago Park District officials will give you five (not five, orange, Titleist golf balls; nor five packages of cone tees; nor five TaylorMade®, golf club sets; nor five, free rounds on Sundays) as the numeric designation for the second most difficult hole at Jackson Park Golf Course. The fifth hole is this course’s, first, par five hole. From the blue teeing ground, the distance is 464 yards. From the red teeing ground, the distance is 411 yards.
The teeing grounds are slightly above the fairway’s level. All of Jackson Park Golf Course’s holes have grass teeing grounds so golfers can avoid breaking wooden tees in half to lower their golf balls’ heights on mats. Grass teeing grounds definitely reduce wear and tear on golf clubs.
This hole points east toward Lake Michigan. The fairway is straight and moderately wide. East 67th Street is this hole’s, southern boundary. (A metal fence, which is out of bounds, separates the course from the street.)
After leaving the teeing grounds, the fairway begins a gradual rise to approximately 200 yards from the putting green. After the crest, the fairway is generally flat. Two of the challenges that give this hole its difficulty level are uphill and downhill shots when golf balls land before and after the crest.
On the right side, trees extend the length of this hole, from teeing ground to putting green. A small opening exists about 25 yards from the putting green where the trees are closer to the fence. These trees are of sufficient height that they will frequently prevent errant golf balls flying over the fence and into the street.
On the left side, the trees are smaller and farther away from the fairway. There are three gaps in the tree line: one at 150 yard from the blue teeing ground, another at 250 yards from the blue teeing ground, and the final approximately 20 yards from the putting green. In addition, on the left side, a small sand bunker at 175 yards may come into play.
On the left and right, front sides of the putting green are two sand bunkers. The right bunker is small. The left bunker is medium.
The putting green itself is medium size. Sloping back to front, golfers who putt too strongly may find their golf balls back on the fairway. This putting green’s, moderate breaks will also present challenges.