Hole 14
Par 5

 

Championship: 

576 yards

  Member: 517 yards
  Forward: 432 yards
  Handicap: 6

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No. 14 is considered Tillinghast’s greatest-designed hole, challenging No. 4 at Bethpage Black. The view from the tee of this par 5 is spectacular. An expanse of 20 bunkers gives the aptly named “Sahara” its character. A three-shotter for most, bigger hitters might sometimes have access in two, but will need to carry their first two shots more than 480 yards to clear the cross bunkers and reach the uphill green. The uphill second shot is one of only two blind plays on the course, the other being on the adjoining second hole. No. 14 is a joy to behold. The two-sided green features a hog-back that appears to have a serpent buried in the middle and divides the putting surface into right and left halves. The player should avoid the four green-side bunkers, including an old-fashioned pot bunker to the rear, to have a chance at a hard-fought par.
   The recently restored cross bunkers approximately 135-150 yards from the putting surface.