Today, Sep. 12, 2013, the BMW Championship, which is part of the PGA Tour, begins at Conway Farms Golf Club, 425 S. Conway Farm Drive, Lake Forest, Ill. The distance to Conway Farms Golf Club from downtown Chicago is 31-35 miles, depending on whether you use I-94 and I-294 or just I-94.This championship will consist of four rounds, Sep. 12-Sep. 14, with each round having golfers play18 holes. The format is stroke play.
Conway Farms Golf Club only has one golf course. This course has five teeing grounds on each hole: Black, Green, Blue, White and Gold. Usually, the Golf teeing grounds are at the rear; however, at Conway Farms, the Gold teeing grounds are at the front. The Black teeing grounds are at the rear.
In comparison, the Crooked Stick Golf Club at 1964 Burning Tree Lane, Carmel, Ind., which was the site for the 2012 BMW Championship, has six, 18 holes golf courses: Black, Gold, Blue, White Green and Red. I assume the Black Course was the site of the 2012 BMW Championship. It is the longest of the six courses, having 7,516 total yards.
Total yardage from the Black teeing grounds is 7,216 yards. For the front nine, the golf course layout is as follows: #1 (par four-389 yards), #2 (par three, 196 yards), #3 (par four, 402 yards), #4 (par four, 486 yards), #5 (par 4, 470 yards), #6 (par three, 218 yards), #7 (par four, 345 yards), #8 (par five, 600 yards) and #9 (par four, 405 yards). For the back nine, the golf course layout is as follows: #10 (par four, 458 yards), #11 (par three, 177 yards), #12 (par four, 419 yards), #13 (par four, 465 yards), #14 (par five, 585 yards), #15 (par four, 342 yards), #16 (par four, 466 yards), #17 (par three, 223 yards) and #18 (par five, 570 yards).
The previous paragraph shows that the Conway Farms golf course has some unusual characteristics. This course has only three, par five holes. (More than 90% of Chicago-land, 18 holes golf courses have four, par five holes.) Conway’s, eighth hole is 600 yards; it is rare for par five holes to be this long.
The Golf Channel will televise this championship on all four days. Thursday, Sep. 12 and Friday, Sep. 13, the televised times will be 2-5 p.m. CDT. On Saturday, Sep. 14, the televised times will be 12-2 p.m. CDT. On Sunday, Sep. 15, the televised times will be 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT.
In addition, NBC will televise this PGA event on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the televised times will be 2-5 p.m. CDT. On Sunday, the televised times will be 12:30-5 p.m. CDT. Can Rory McIlroy defend his title?