Jackson Park Golf Course’s, 16th hole is other than sweet. This hole is par four, 362 yards from the back tees (354 yards from the red tees), but a number five, course hole handicap makes it the fifth most difficult hole on the course. (Jackson Park Golf Course is at 6401 S. Richards Drive in Chicago, Ill.)
From the elevated teeing grounds that face west, (The teeing grounds are 2-4 feet higher than the fairway’s level.) golfers will see that this hole lacks any doglegs. Ah, but what are those reflections in the fairway? They do not appear to be large, shiny buttons.
The reflections are usually clouds and sky reflections from the water that pooled on this fairway and/or its sand bunker. Water collects, and evaporates slowly on this fairway; especially after the frequent rainstorms that Chicago has had this year and in 2010. Instead of sweet attitudes, golfers encountering these large puddles are likely to be bitter. (The Rules of Golf designate temporary accumulations of water as casual water. If golfers’ balls land in the water in sand bunkers, they can take relief, without penalty, by removing the ball from the water, and dropping it within the bunker, but not nearer the hole. If it is impossible to get a dry spot within the bunker, golfers can drop outside the bunker, one stroke penalty, but they must keep the spot where the ball laid between where they drop and the hole. Using the latter procedure, no limit exists as to how far back they may go as they retrace their steps to the teeing ground.)
Besides the medium bunker in the fairway at approximately 140 yards from the putting green, two, other sand bunkers are near the putting green. The bunker on the left is small and approximately 50 feet from the putting green. The one on the right is large and closer to the green. Both bunkers have steep lips.
The putting green has the highest elevation above the fairway at this golf course. It is certainly at least three feet higher than the fairway. Combined with its steepness, the putting green’s, sloping sides create interesting challenges for golfers attempting to hold the green with their second strokes from the fairway. Severe breaks will also challenge and confound golfers as they putt.