Course Preview: McNaughton Park DGC

Course Preview: McNaughton Park DGC

Review/photos by Chris Yucus

Where is it? 217 McNaughton Park Dr, Pekin, IL 61554 directions

Who plays here?
Friday, Aug. 6 - Pool R (MA3b)
Saturday, Aug. 7 - Pool Q (MA3a)
Sunday, Aug. 8 - Pool C (MP40), Pool H (MA60/MA65)

Cart Friendly? Yes.

Practice schedule notes: No restrictions Aug. 2-5

Course breakdown: Par: 59. Length: 7,230 feet. Baskets: Discraft Chainstar Pros.

McNaughton can test some arms with its rolling hills and tight, densely-lined fairways. Half of the holes on this course are over 360 feet, and players finish on Hole 18 with a 1,000 foot downhill trek. While there are a few open holes, the majority of the course requires accurate lines off the tee to negotiate the ample trees and vegetation shaping the gaps. Navigation note: Players must cross a road to reach the final two holes.

Signature holes (and holes to watch out for):

Hole 4 - A tight downhill tunnel shot is required to reach the open area around the pin on this 360-foot Par 3.

Hole 10 - This Par 4, 367-foot climb has an intimidating right turn into a narrow uphill lane while firing blind at the basket from the tee.

Hole 11 - Drives must hug the wall of trees on the left of the hole to successfully navigate three successive small windows to the green on this 365-foot Par 3. Once there, you’ll have to putt through a circle clogged with trees.

Hole 18 - McNaughton closes out with an open, downhill 1,000-foot Par 5 that can be a welcome relief from the tight lines earlier.

Course History: Established in the early 1990s.

If you’re hungry, check out: Our Inn Place, 1901 Willow St, Pekin

A look down the fairway on Hole 4 at McNaughton.

Hole 11’s basket is tightly guarded by numerous trees in the circle.

A doe and her fawn watch out for discs on the side of Hole 14.

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