Hole No. 11 at Nettle Creek Can Be Wet

By Ray Brewer, Contributor

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CHICAGO - Ever think about opening a used golf ball business?

Think about the profits.

If your like most of us, that idea has crossed your mind after hitting consecutive shots into the lake on a long par-5.

Nettle Creek Country Club in Chicago might be the place to get that used golf ball business off the ground. Last year alone, over 14,000 balls were recovered from the pond on the course's hole No. 11

If you want to preserve your golf balls, take the following advice from Nettle Creek head professional Scott Ammer.

THE HOLE: A par-4 that is around 400 yards and crosses water on three separate occasions.

THE LAYOUT: The lakes are seemingly everywhere on this hole. One is directly in front of you when you tee off. Another is to the left-side of the fairway - which in all honestly is avoidable.

The final water hazard is the one responsible for taking a majority of the balls and it guards the green.

THE STRATEGY: "It depends if you are a big hitter or not," Ammer said. "There are 1,000 different ways to play this hole. Most people prefer to hit it to the right and have a long approach. They are afraid of dunking the ball in the water."

Even though going to the right avoids the first two water hazards, it also puts you in a tough position for your second and third shot when you attack the green.

The gamble on this hole - and no one wins at gambling - is- to challenge the water on your tee shot.

Will this work? Just be prepared to add your ball to the 14,000 figure.

DON'T PLAY: "Don't hit to the left," Ammer warns. "You are probably going to bogey or worse. This is not a birdie hole by any measure."

When attacking the green, being short isn't an option because of the water.

Remember the water is everywhere on hole No. 11 at Nettle Creek.

Classification: Public with membership
Dress code: Proper golf attire
Tee times: A week in advance
Season: March-when the first snow storm hits
Phone Number: (815) 941-4300

Ray Brewer, Contributor

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