Checking in as only a 498-yard par 5 from the back tees, the 11th hole at Springbrook Golf Course in Naperville might seem like a perfect opportunity to pick up a birdie.
While posting a good score on No. 11 is certainly a possibility, head pro Mike Lyzun cautions crooked numbers are just as easy to come by on a hole known for causing players fits.
“It’s not a really long par 5 by any stretch, but it’s got lurking trouble off the tee, on the second shot and on the approach shot,” Lyzun said. “Scores can add up there quite rapidly.”
The 11th hole features a pond to the left of the fairway and a thick grove of trees to the right, making a straight tee shot paramount. Lyzun suggests sacrificing some distance off the tee in an effort to keep the ball from finding trouble.
“Driver is the play that gets people in a lot of trouble,” Lyzun said. “People who tend to struggle on the hole wise up and choose a fairway wood or hybrid to take the pond on the left out of play by hitting it shorter.”
The challenge continues with the second shot as the goal is to try and land an optimal distance from the green.
The final approach shot can be daunting as there isn’t much room for error with a pond jutting out on the front right side of the green and a bunker guarding the left side. Missing long and right isn’t much consolation as it leaves a tricky downhill chip back toward the pond.
“I see people who tend to hit the ball too close to the green with their second shot,” Lyzun said. “The strategy there is really understanding your best layup distance or full-swing distance for the shot into the green versus giving yourself a half swing on a down slope where you can start feeding the pond with golf balls.”
Springbrook opened in 1974 on the 170-acre Fraley farm site. The Naperville Park District facility added its current clubhouse in 1990.
The course also features a 28-stall natural turf driving range, two practice putting greens and a short game practice green with bunkers.