The 16th hole on Cog Hill No. 4 (Dusbdread). | Supplied photo
Updated: August 20, 2013 6:38AM
Black Tees: 456/446
Gold Tees: 419
Blue Tees: 381
White Tees: 362
Green Tees: 359
Forward Tees: 342
The Layout: The hole is a tough, sharp dogleg left par-4 that seems straightforward but has challenges. A wide fairway is offered off the tee, but the fairway narrows for a second or third shot approaching a large, sloping green. Trees line the entire hole, with two bunkers awaiting a tee shot that goes long. The same goes for the green, with three bunkers waiting to eat up any wayward shots.
How about some strategy?
“Off the tee, the fairway runs right to left, so you don’t want to hit it too far,” said Jeff Rimsnider, Cog Hill’s PGA golf professional. “Some people try to play it through the dogleg and might play it with a hybrid shot, maybe a 3-wood. With that second shot and the fairway going right to left, you may want to aim more right (than a golfer normally would) because the slope of the lie is going to come into play.
“Even with a perfect drive, you’re going to have a tough second shot into the green. It is real tough to get a birdie, and even real tough to get a par at 16.”
How do you attack No. 16?
“The green too runs right to left, so it’s not necessarily a flat surface,” Rimsnider said. “The green is a little more demanding, a little more difficult. (Off the fairway and approach shot), the green will be coming back at you and not with you. It will be a tough birdie shot.”
What’s the appeal of No. 16?
“I have always liked No. 16. The hole offers no surprises, and you get what you get because it is all in front of you,” Rimsnider said. “It’s pretty neat because the six tee boxes really stand out from the terrain. In 1991, when Dubsdread hosted the Western Open, Peter Kostis said to cut in every tee box right into the land. We put timbers up around each tee box, and when you look back from the fairway, you can really appreciate what it looks like. When you’re able to host events, get some good feedback. Also, the bunker placement is very good.”
As told to Tim O’Brien
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