I should probably rephrase the headline. Perhaps it should pose the question, “Most Demanding Starting Hole in the Northeast?” Or even the East Coast?
Because if you’re familiar with the hole, you know that it requires a drive in the low cut grass, and then a mid to long iron to a mystery pin on a green the size of the parking lot.
During mid summers, when the fescue bordering the fairway is at its tallest, I imagine that the stroke average for the public is well above a double bogey. Although not proven, I’ve played too many rounds having witnessed too many lost balls, wayward second-shot hooks and mishit chips from the greenside rough to count.
And similar to Black, you’ll have to camp overnight (or arrive around 1 a.m.) to get a semi-early tee time. So that entails limited
hours minutes of sleep, a runny egg sandwich that’s nearly doing just that out of your rear end and a peeved back that restricts a full hip turn.
A birdie you say?
Gracefully pluck your ball from the cup, graze the bill of your cap and strut back to your car. A muni golfer’s bliss.