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Golf: Hole of the week: Flossmoor Country Club No. 18

The view off elevated tee Flossmoor Country Club's No. 18. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media

The view off the elevated tee at Flossmoor Country Club's No. 18. | Tim O'Brien/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 1, 2014 7:59AM



Flossmoor Country Club

1441 Western Ave, Flossmoor, IL 60422

(708) 798-4700

Par 5

Black Tees: 533 yards

Blue Tees: 505

White Tees: 495

Gold Tees: 446

Red Tees: 404

Men’s Handicap: 12

Women’s Handicap: 6

1441 Western Ave,
Flossmoor, IL 60422

(708) 798-4700

Par 5

Black Tees: 533 yards

Blue Tees: 505

White Tees: 495

Gold Tees: 446

Red Tees: 404

Men’s Handicap: 12

Women’s Handicap: 6

No. 18’s Layout: The lengthy par-5 offers plenty of chances to finish strong — and plenty of chances to blow up. The drive is off an elevated tee with the shot required to carry Butterfield Creek and bunkers lining the right side of the fairway. Reaching the green in two shots is feasible, but tricky. Bunkers line the front of the green that is hidden at the top of a bluff and difficult to see from the fairway.

How about some strategy?

Trey Robbins, Flossmoor Director of Golf: “It’s an opportunity to make a birdie, finish strong, but it is tricky and can trip guys up. It has an opportunity if you’re a big hitter to reach the green in two and have a shot at birdie.

“The bunkering is really what comes into play, with the placement of those fairway bunkers off the tee with an about 260-yard carry for your first shot. It sounds like a lot, 300 yards to the next one, but in this day and age, that’s where balls are rolling to. Then you’re hitting to an elevated green, so you can’t really see the putting surface from the fairway.”

How do you attack No. 18?

Robbins: “If I hit a good drive, I’ll be hitting a hybrid, probably something from about 220 yards out into that green. Maybe a 3-wood if we’re into that wind a bit. Some of the big hitters, if they’ve got the wind with them, they might hit something as little as a 4- or 5-iron into that green. Usually you are hitting about 220 to the green for a second shot if you’re attacking it. Otherwise, you’re going to lay up with an 8-iron and then wedge in.

“All our holes at Flossmoor, the greens are the story. It’s an 1899 course, and the greens have never been regrassed. This is the same turf we’ve always had. The greens haven’t been created so much by modern means. There’s nothing built up. No elevations, just right on the ground where it was placed. That No. 18 green is steep with a lot of breaks in it within.”

What is No. 18’s appeal?

Robbins: “Risk-reward with the drive off the tee, with bunkers if you’re trying to hit a big tee shot. Or you can play conservative as a three-shot hole if you have a lead and want to play it that way. If you need to get a birdie, you can attack and get it. It’s a great finishing hole.

“As much as people think it is an easy par-5, you’re lucky to get bogey. We had the Western Junior Championship in June, and the top junior players in the country averaged 4.86 strokes. People are surprised by the difficulty. There were three eagles on that hole out of 600 rounds.”

Have a nomination for Hole of the Week from an area course? Email Tim O’Brien at tobrien10@gmail.com with the course, hole and a reason for your nomination.



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