Wenham Country Club's 17th Has Toughest Second Shot

If you can't see the green you could be in trouble on the 17th hole at Wenham Country Club.

Hole: 17th
Course: Wenham Country Club
Location: Wenham
Par: 4
Yards: 300 (blue tees); 290 (red)

Out in the distance you see a hill. After that, nothing. Your obvious reaction is that you want to be on top of that hill so you know where to aim and what hazards are awaiting you.

On the 17th hole at you better hope that is where you are on your second shot, or third shot for those who can’t drive 175-200 yards. Because what lies ahead is as dangerous as they come: a small green that has very little give for shots that aren’t near-perfect.

The green is on a plateau. On the left the slope down is extreme, with a cart path between the bottom of the hill and woods. On the right there are trees and rocks that will make a chip shot near impossible. And you won’t want to hit it short with a sand trap protecting that area.

Even when you get your ball on the green there is no guarantee of it staying. It undulates along the edges and slope to the right in the middle.

“A lot of players don’t see the green so the second shot is definitely deceptive,” Jason Greene, assistant pro, said.


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