1Let’s assume the fairway was hard as a rock; driving this green with 1960’s gear as Arnie did in the U.S. Open is still astonishing.What gets lost in that narrative is one of the best greens on the course, a mini-Biarritz of sorts, with a tiny front shelf and a vexing, crowned back shelf.2In Flynn’s day, a tee shot right here was wide open, but resulted in an approach playing back toward the lake left and behind the green.It is one of the best examples of tacking a green onto a dam structure that I’ve ever seen.3An homage to Flynn’s original, changed in the early 60’s, the third sports a beautiful little plateau green surrounded by shortgrass.In contrast to Press Maxwell’s version, surrounded by bunkers, a child could play this hole with a putter, yet it was halved with 5’s in the Finals of the 2013 US Amateur.4Lon Hinkle mentioned this hole to sum up his thoughts on driving at Cherry Hills, likening it to riding a big motorcycle: hard and fast, it’s easy to get caught up in how far theIt was Flynn who called for the trees at the corner, which have dictated play on this hole from the start. The green is a real gem, with a fantastic back right corner recently reco5You can see Pine Valley’s influence on Flynn as the course really kicks into gear.The fairway is broken into thirds, first by bunkers and then Greenwood Gulch, terminating well short of the green,giving way to a massive, gorgeous, 15 foot deep bunker fronting this dicey little green.6With a very modest flow meandering through the course, diminutive Greenwood Gulch provides us with a magnificent landform for this lovely par 3, masterfully utilized by Flynn.7A short 4 that doglegs hard around a nest of bunkers, there are choices to be made off the tee. Play to the outside and you can quickly add 20 - 30 yards to the approach, in exchannarrow green Play snuggly to the bunkers and your shorter approach will be complicated with a flanking bunker along the inside left. Both angles demand you pay attention to not mis8Arnie’s first bogey en route to his US Open winning 65, this was a hard hole but likely the least interesting on the course. It also butted up tightly to the 4th green, resultingIt was Mark Fine who suggested moving this hole back into the more open space, while building an exact replica of the green. The hole was essentially the same, but it did provide rMembership was still underwhelmed with the hole, so we abandoned the reproduction and built a hole of our own along the bank of Little Dry Creek. The high left shelf has a trademar9Back up the big hill toward the magnificent Tudor clubhouse, many miss the subtle challenge of what appears to be a wide-open tee shot.The fairway is crowned, so a little right ends up further right, playing across a beautiful valley of sorts but over the hole’s lone bunker guarding the green.the green A hair too far left leaves you with a blind second, though there is no shortage of lovely clubhouse features above with which to navigate.10When built, Cherry Hills was out in the country. One building that was there however was what is now Loretto Heights College, with its stunning steeple on the hill.Like many greens at Cherry Hills, there are some spots that gather and offer up great opportunities for birdie, but the upper shelf on this green is one tough nut to crack.11Flynn laid this hole out at 473 yards, ensuring as many people got to the top of the hill as possible.From there, a cross bunker some 60 yards short of the green begs you to have a go, for if you can make the carry on the right line, it’s sharply downhill to the green.12Flynn was not afraid of presenting a challenge. This hole plays from the same tees he built in 1922.The green is completely cut off from the tee by a pond to the left, with a very sharp angle across.Modern designers would in almost every instance provide a little room to play aro13Arnold Palmer redesigned this green as he started venturing into his design career, it wasn’t bad at all but had a much larger,flatter green surrounded by bunkers.The original was a tiny, steep affair with a simple “sand bar” referred to in his drawing. We built our version of that, adding a small back14Certainly, a contender for Cherry Hills best and most famous holes, one cannot escape the nod to Pine Valley’s 13th.This one might be even more difficult, with Little Dry Creek darting in front of the green instead of sand. Very simply one of the great holes in golf.15Flynn drew this hole up at 115 yards, which is where the current forward tee is. The Engineer’s as built from 1922 also showed a tee near the creek behind 14 green, likely crowdeDuring the creek project, the green was expanded back to its original footprint in the front left making for some dicey hole locations. It looks great from both angles and provides16Many cite this hole as their favorite, most memorable hole at Cherry Hills. The creek restoration project will make those sentiments even stronger. Of course, the left-to-right teeMy favorite part is the hanging lie you’ll have if you give the creek too wide a berth off the tee. The angle is one thing to deal with, but the slope of this fairway is just per17Flynn’s original here was filled with man-made features to occupy otherwise flat ground, connecting all the way into the third fairway. Those were abandoned in the 50’s for morToday, most of the trees have been removed, and nearly all those bunkers have been put back, slightly modified to coexist with remaining large trees. Famously, Hogan lost perhaps h18Much like the 16th, the sloping ground forthe fairway plays a huge role off the tee. With the lake left, it’s the opposite of 16; an aggressive line, or a slight draw using the hill will result in extra distance and a flLike the 9th, the second half of the hole is well uphill, making for a majestic finish. The green is a beauty, one of the steeper ones at Cherry Hills. It is also the scene of many
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