Harry Mussatto Golf Course Tour
Harry Mussatto Golf Course Tour

The Harry Mussatto Golf Course at Western
Illinois University has been serving the campus community and the city of Macomb for over
25 years. It stands as one of the finest 18-hole golf
facilities in the state of Illinois featuring a driving range, putting green, practice bunker,
two practice holes and new clubhouse in 2018. The rolling terrain of the Lamoine River Valley
provides spectacular views and elevation changes, rare for this part of Illinois. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy this
fun and challenging course. Enjoy this hole-by-hole tour of Harry Mussatto
Golf Course at Western Illinois University. A great straightforward starting hole on the
Oscar Champion Front Nine. Depending on the yardage from your tee box,
a wide fairway allows can leave you a second shot from a vantage point short of fairway
bunkers. A longer drive can stay alongside the sand
for an approach shot of about 120 yards. The large green has some bunker protection
but the average length first hole is a good first test. A tight driving hole with out-of-bounds left
and water right. Established trees protect both sides of the
fairway on the tee shot and a downhill slope can attract balls to the water on the left
side. Precision is important on the second shot
with a good landing area 100 yards out. For the adventuresome, the green is reachable
but wayward shots right can be hazardous. And be sure to check out the beautiful view
of the WIU campus the entire length of the hole. One of the most scenic and memorable Par 3s
in Western Illinois. Club selection is most important on this hole
that is elevated, well bunkered and requires an accurate short iron shot to the pin side
of the green. The longest par 4 on the front 9 features
the Lamoine River running all along the left side. The river and trees along the bank limit direct
access to the green. Stay on the right side to provide an open
shot to the green. The hillside right of the green can sometimes
provide a friendly landing spot to a wayward right approach shot. The green itself is narrow front to back and
don’t forget putts break toward the river. The shortest Par 4 and perhaps the trickiest
of all the holes on the course. Four bunkers will make position essential
on this hole. A tee shot to the crest of the hill leaves
about 100 yards to a well sloped and well bunkered green. With a long, accurate drive, golfers may reach
the green from the tee box. The tee shot is in a tree lined chute with
ample landing area on both sides of the fairway. Unseen from the tee box is a lake approximately
240 yards from the middle of the back tee so a lay up may be in order. This hole is reachable in two with a long
iron or fairway wood. But reaching the green in two requires a shot
which avoids several green-side bunkers. Some prefer to stay short in two and hit a
90-110 yard approach into the large green. A tee shot left of the mounds provides a flat
lie for a short approach to the green on this dogleg right hole. Staying left of the green side bunker on your
approach makes for an easier chip or putt from below the pin. Over the green is guaranteed trouble! Club choice is a premium here to an angled
green that plays one club longer to the left side. Red staked hazards guard the entire hole. A wonderful finishing hole to the front nine
– there is more room down the right side off the tee than it appears. The left side is guarded by out of bounds
on university farm property. It’s best to avoid the fairway bunker. And the left border has rolling mounds which
can create unique stances for an approach. As one would expect the fairway provides the
best angle to the center of a well-trapped green. This is an excellent starting hole to the
Eric Gleacher Back Nine. The fairway bunker is 280 yards from the black
tees. The sloping fairway can steer shots into the
left rough but usually short of the lake which also borders 18. The right side of the fairway may be shorter
but too far right is a rougher landing with a deeper lie. The second shot plays one club longer for
a left to right sloping green. Stay left of the two fairway bunkers on the
tee shot of this double doglegged hole. The second shot is a layup. From the middle of 1st fairway bunker to the
layup landing area is about 200 yards. Big hitters can reach the green in two with
a drive over the right side of the bunkers and an accurate shot to a small green. This par 3 is all carry so choose a club that
will give you a chance to fly the ball to the green. It’s better to be below the hole on this
back to front sloped green. The tightest hole on the course requires an
accurate drive on a narrow fairway. The fairway appears to slope to both sides
and trees can come into play when you have not found the center. Take an extra club for the uphill second shot
to this long green. There is heavy prairie grass and to the right
of this long front to back multilevel green. You can go for a big drive on this low risk,
high reward par 4. A big drive can carry the water and be close
to or on this par four with a first shot. A layup shot down the fairway is also a smart
play leaving a short iron to the green. But make sure to stay away from the water
hazard to the right of the fairway as timid shots can sometimes leave a longer iron. And too safe to the left puts you on grassy
mounds while trying to approach a sloping green from back to front and toward the water. This long par 4 is the hardest hole on the
course. From the tee box, the fairway can be deceiving,
so keep your shot to the left. Be careful of the water hazards left and right
about 50 yards short of the green. It’s important to be on the correct tier
of this two-tiered green. There is out-of-bounds down the entire left
side of the hole, so a center tee shot is at a premium. The forward part of the tee box may tempt
long hitters to try and reach this one in two. But the right side of the fairway has deep
grass, bushes and trees. The left side has some potential fairway bunkers. The green complex is very narrow with a major
slope from left to right. A beautiful and scary Par 3 – not for the
faint-hearted. Club selection is very important to clear
the water and avoid the sand trap behind the green. Being on the same side of the green as the
pin will help your putting game. The final hole of the Harry Mussatto Golf
Course is a beautiful panoramic that takes you back to the clubhouse. The dogleg left allows you to hit over the
pond and reduce the yardage to the hole with a long drive. The second shot requires accuracy to a well-guarded,
long narrow green. We hope to see you soon at the Harry Mussatto
Golf Course at Western Illinois University.

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