The view from the tee at Calumet Country Club's Hole No. 14. The tee shot requires a shot over a pond to a downward-sloping green. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 21, 2014 3:42PM
Calumet Country Club
2136 175th St., Homewood 60430
Blue Tees: 213 yards
No. 14 Layout: It’s a long par-3 with an elevated tee and green. A large pond featuring a fountain sits just below the tee with five bunkers surrounding the hole, two on the approach and three around the green. Trees line No. 14 behind the green that slopes downward.
How about some strategy?
Pat Kramer, Calumet Country Club PGA Professional: “The biggest thing about the hole is the green. It slopes severely from the back to the front, back right to front left, which makes it really hard to make par whether you’re chipping trying to get close to the hole or on the green above the hole.
“If golfers make a bogey, they seem to be positive. Most people are happy with that bogey. Four is good. Three is a bonus, a par or a birdie. For most players the water really doesn’t come into play unless you hit a bad shot. It’s more of a visual. With that green sloping from front to back, you want to miss short and left. Those bunkers are going to be a problem if you miss long and left.”
How do you attack No. 14?
Kramer: “Probably shoot for the front of the green. If you come up a little short, fine, you still have to chip up the hill. It can be fairly easy to get up and down. You definitely don’t want to miss it to the right. The green doesn’t take pitches or chips from the right side at all. It’s really difficult. Keep it front and short on the green on the left side.
“If you’re going to miss the green, you want to miss short and left. Those bunkers are going to be a problem if you miss long and left.”
What is No. 14’s appeal?
Kramer: “It is a beautiful hole, and it is a challenge. It requires a good long approach shot and a good short game. (In 1945 at the Chicago Victory Open at Calumet), Byron Nelson won his seventh of 11 straight tournaments. Rumor has it he four-putted the 14th. Rumor is the only hole he ever four-putted. He was here for the 100-year anniversary, and someone asked him about it. He didn’t admit or deny four-putting. He did say ‘Change the hole’ so he remembers it well.”
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