Friends of Golf On Long Island made their traditional Thanksgiving pilgrimage to Medford this past holiday, braving the chill to take part in Mill Pond Golf Course's highly competitive annual Turkey Shootout scramble.
Not long after this Closer Look post in 2014 described the hole and its drive-the-green potential, some readers alerted us to modifications around the tee, including new hedges being installed to discourage players from cutting the corner. (Shortcuts put players on adjacent tees in the line of fire.)
From the back tees (pictured right), players have little choice but to go straight out, following the conventional route as the fairway turns ninety degrees to the right for a short, wide approach. But when the middle tees are up near the front of the box (pictured left), the shortcut, evidently, is still open. Of course, at 250+ yards with no view of the green or its surrounds, it's still not a great play. In scramble play, though, the group deemed it worth a shot, and one particularly long hitter left a hybrid a bit short of the green.
Mill Pond also lengthened #5 tee and rerouted the cart path around the box.
For more on Mill Pond #5, check out the Closer Look post.
And for more on Mill Pond, see the course flyover.