Golf: Hole of the Week: Water’s Edge Golf Club No. 11
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media June 25, 2014 6:00PM
The view from the back tees at No. 11 at Water's Edge Golf Club in Worth. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 27, 2014 8:22AM
Water’s Edge Golf Club
7205 W. 115th St., Worth, IL 60482; (708) 671-1032
Yellow Tees: 570 yards
Blue Tees: 542
White Tees: 495
Red Tees: 454
No. 11’s Layout: It’s a lengthy par 5 that offers chances to escape with a birdie with some solid shots and strategy. Off a narrow tee box, trees line the entire left side of the fairway. The fairway widens several hundred yards out with a large pond marking the right side. A sharp right turn leads to the approach to the green, but the option is there to hit over the water for the green. A rise dots the middle of the green, which is surrounded by three bunkers on the right side and a hill landscaped with flowers and rocks behind the green.
How about some strategy?
Water’s Edge Assistant General Manager Greyson Thomas: “Off the tee box, your view is very narrow. You really cannot lose your drive right or left, so it will challenge you. You’re looking and questioning, ‘How much room don’t I have to play with?’ Anywhere your drive goes, you now have to consider carrying the water. You can reach the green in two or it may be a smart play to lay up. (It’s) really high-risk, high-reward, but a good hole to gamble with.”
How do you attack No. 11?
Thomas: “If I have a good round going, I’m going to use a club that just puts me in the middle of the fairway. Probably driver off the tee, maybe a hybrid to get me into play. You’re taking some of the trouble out of the way. For me because I don’t hit very far, I would probably lay in, hit a wedge and try to make a birdie the old-fashioned way.”
What is the appeal of No. 11?
Thomas: “It is a good high-risk, high-reward hole. With the back of the hole from the rocks over the green, it is a nice scenic hole too, a very nice challenging hole. (It’s) a good gambler hole where bets can be won and lost on that hole. That aspect, and the layout of the hole, it is a pretty hole.”
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