Aug 28th, 2015
Plainfield's Hell Hole!!
Where the pros fear to tread
Words: Kurt Hoop
Plainfield's Hell Hole:
The 8th...480 yards of sheer pain and misery nestled in the heart of New Jersey...
Architect: Donald Ross, 1921
From the teebox
The Grim Truth
- Plays as a par 5 for the members but it will play as a par 4 for The Barclays.
- Tee shot is uphill over the ridge, which gives an edge to longer hitters, particularly this weeks when it is a par 4. Bunkers guard both sides of the landing area but an interesting aspect of the hole is a pin oak on the right side past the landing area which will force players coming into the green from that side of the fairway to fashion a shot around it.
- The fairway kicks to the right into a half-pipe green-a green with a small ridge that runs from front to back. It is like a snowboarding half-pipe and it will kick balls back into the center of the green.
- The green nestles in a valley.
- In other words, Donald Ross has it in for you...
Lay up area
Stats Day 1:
Average score 4.538
Worse than bogey 7%
From behind the green
Related to this article:
Little History on Plainfield Country Club
Original Clubhouse 1910
Since its 1890 beginnings, Plainfield Country Club (renamed in 1904 from the Hillside Tennis Club) has experienced tremendous growth, a sporting tradition that has brought prominence throughout the State and entire Metropolitan area, and the evolution of a fine facility that fosters diverse family activities.
Calkin 1909 aka some fella in tights...
While best known for its famed original Donald Ross-designed golf course dubbed a "Donald Ross Gem" and ranked among the top 50 golf courses in the United States, the Club (founded with a different sport in mind - tennis) today attracts members far and wide with its variety of sports and exceptional clubhouse ambiance.
Plainfield has hosted the US Amateur and US Womens Open.
PCC Clubhouse 1905