Cherry Hills has a tame front nine followed by a challenging back nine. As the four of us stood on the 10th tee, I had to stop for a moment and take in the glorious view of the pristine fairway before us with the Rockies towering in the background under that incomparable Colorado blue sky… Ben Hogan picked Number 14 as one of the finest par 4s in America, and Golfing Magazine called Cherry Hills’ final four holes “four horrible hussies who revel in luring noble men to destruction.” How challenging is 16? So challenging that in 1938 Ray Ainsley had the highest single-hole score on it in the history of the Open (it was the first U.S. Open held west of the Mississippi). He hit his 5-iron approach into the creek and spent an eternity getting it out. He finally 3-putted for a 19. I could have beaten him that day. Larry Berle.
Date: September 26, 2014