The view off the tees at Ruffled Feathers' No. 16. The tee shot is blind over a marshy wetland with a narrow fairway waiting. | Tim O'Brien~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 21, 2013 7:11PM
Location: 1 Pete Dye Drive,
Lemont, (630) 257-1000
Championship Tees: 336 yards
Back Tees: 316
Middle Tees: 290
The Layout: This medium-length par-4 features a blind tee shot over a marshy wetland. The drive must be well placed, with a small, narrow fairway awaiting on the far side of the wetland. An approach shot to the green is fairly straightforward, with four bunkers lining the fairway in front of and around the green, one bunker on the far side of the green. The rolling, undulating green does not provide much room for error, with pin placement playing a large role in salvaging par.
How about some strategy?
“The toughest part is the tee shot, because you are hitting blind and cannot see where it will land,” said Andrew Evans, Ruffled Feathers’ assistant manager. “That landing zone can mess with your head. In the fairway, there is a small approach area up to the green.”
How do you attack No. 16?
“Take an iron you are comfy with, maybe a 4-iron, a 5-iron, and hit that fairway. If you hit right, you’re in the water,” Evans said. “You’re looking at a 100-yard shot into the green. The green is undulating, and it can be more difficult with the pin placement. It’s not a real difficult hole, but it can be (with one bad shot).
“People come up to 16, and they see 290 yards off the gold tees, thinking, ‘I can drive that,’ but you just don’t know what’s up there. With an absolute perfect shot, you can reach the green in one.”
What is the appeal of No. 16?
“You are able to decide what you want to do, and it’s the risk-reward,” Evans said. “With a major shot, you try to go for the green if they think they can get there. A course designed by Pete Dye, it’s not just laid out there for you (to see). It will make you think about what you want to do, what strategy you want to take.”
As told to Tim O’Brien
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