Stony Creek's No. 15 offers golfers a blind tee shot into a dogleg right with a creek and a narrow follow-up shot awaiting around the corner. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 3, 2014 2:14AM
Stony Creek Golf Course
5850 West 103rd St., Oak Lawn, IL 60453 (708) 857-2433
Blue Tees: 384 yards
White Tees: 356
Red Tees: 299
No. 15’s Layout: A difficult dogleg right par 4 that can help make or break a round. Golfers must start with a blind tee shot into the dogleg. Stony Creek runs across the fairway, leaving a narrow approach shot over the creek to either lay up on the fairway or go directly at the green. The undulating green still doesn’t leave much room for error, with trees and a bunker on the left a factor.
How about some strategy?
Stony Creek PGA Professional and Superintendent of Golf Bill Krueger: “This is a hole that takes some strategy. If you get a par here, that is an excellent hole. This is a shot-maker hole. You can put yourself up there, reach the green in two. About 240 yards out off the tee, Stony Creek is there in front of you. (Hitting over it), you’re anywhere from 140 to 175 yards to the green. You’ve got to think though, not just hit it.”
How do you attack No. 15?
Krueger: “You see a lot of people use a wood off the tee. I’d say your average golfer about a 3-wood. Some do use the driver, a high, hard shot. Lay up across or in front of Stony Creek. That green is challenging, though, back to forward. It can slide right, and depending how close you hit your shot could drift off right. A good shot is a little right, but depending on the shelf of the green, you could screw your shot right off the green.”
What is No. 15’s appeal?
Krueger: “This is a tough hole to make par, with a lot of thinking involved. It isn’t your regular hole with your margin of error being very little to none at all. You can be conservative, lay up some and get out with a four or five. Big numbers do happen at 15, though, when people take the challenge. We’ll see 7s, 8s, 9s, even 10s based on the carry and the wind.”
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