Golf: Hole of the Week: Silver Lake Country Club South Course No. 8
July 25, 2013 9:28PM
To reach the green on Silver Lake Country Club's South Course Hole No. 8, golfers must hit over a marsh. | Tim O'Brien~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 27, 2013 6:31AM
Blue Tees: 417 yards
White Tees: 390
Gold Tees: 300
Red Tees: 300
The Layout: It’s fairly straight, with a gentle turn right approaching the hole. A narrow fairway gradually downhill leads toward a marsh that lies in front of the green. Trees line the fairway on either side, with six different bunkers greeting golfers around the green that slopes back to front back toward the swamp.
How about some strategy?
“You are going to need a nice, extended drive with the fairway running center to right,” said Gregg Tengerstrom, Silver Lake PGA pro. “Depending on your drive, you are leaving yourself 150 to 190 yards out from the green. Your second shot, you will have to carry it over the marsh and swamp in front of the green. It is an elevated green, with sand traps all around it. It’s a precise (second) shot as to controlling how you do.
“It is tough to carry that second shot hitting over the marsh. It takes a demanding shot. Some golfers will lay up short rather than risk it.”
How do you attack No. 8?
“If you are going for the birdie, you need to make a well-placed drive,” Tengerstrom said. “The green is fairly flat, but it does roll back to the front so a long putt (down) will roll back to the slope toward the swamp and marsh. You have got to be precise with that second shot. You have to be on target.”
What is the appeal of No. 8?
“The hole is right in the middle of the course as you get to the turn, so you have had a chance to warm up (with your round).” Tengerstrom said. “Your average player is going to be happy getting his shot over the swamp. It can definitely be a make or break hole on the course for you.”
As told to Tim O’Brien
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