Hole 16 at Dubsdread is challenging - impossible

By Ray Brewer, Contributor

Lemont, Ill. - Forgive Jeff Rimsnider for being honest.

Rimsnider, the head pro at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, is being 100-percent straight with you when he talks about the possibility on conquering hole No. 16 on Dubsdread - one of four courses Cog Hill has to offer and the home of the PGA Tour's Motorola Western Open.

Plain and simple, professionals like David Duval and Tiger Woods, who will be playing the course this weekend with the PGA event, will be happy shooting par on this hole.

The average golfer should be satisfied with a double boogie.

So, why is this hole so hard? Rimsnider has the details. The hole: It is a par-4, 430-yard hole with a dog leg left.

"It's a pretty difficult hole," Rimsnider said. "It is not a birdie hole. For the average golfer it is always a good tip to hit a half of more club all of the time and keep the trouble in front of you." The layout: There is a bunker on the right side of the tee and a pond to the left. If you try to cut the dog leg, it feeds directly into the pond. Adding to the difficulty is the fact that your tee shot has to travel up hill to the green. The strategy: Rimsnider has seen many people struggle with this hole.

These observations have allowed him to make a pretty good plan of attack.

"Hit an iron of the tee," he says. "Even though a lot depends on the wind. You may not be attacking the pin directly, just hit it down the middle of the fairway."

Rimsnider says that if you hit your driver through the dog leg, then a six or seven iron for the second shot would work. However, if you can't make it past the dog leg, then you scorecard will pay the price. Don't play: There are a lot of things you shouldn't do on this hole.

"You don't want to hit off the fairway from the tee," Rimsnider warns. "To the left of the fairway, the rough is real deep and the bunker on the right is impossible to get up and down from…It's close to impossible. The green is slick, so stay away from the right side bunkers."

The good news is that once you finish the hole, you'll have two holes left on the course to balance out the scoring.
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Ray Brewer, Contributor

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