Golf: Tee shot key on No. 16 at Blackberry Oaks
By Rick Armstong firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2013 6:32PM
The 16th hole at Blackberry Oaks is a relatively short par-5 at 492 yards but demands accuracy. With water on the right and left hitting the fairway is key. | Submitted photo
2245 Kennedy Road, Bristol
To reserve tee time: (630) 553-1578
Course: Par 72, 6,332 yards (back tees), 5,218 (front tees).
Regular weekday, 18 holes, $41
Junior (17-under), senior (60-over), $30 weekday
Weekend, 18 holes, $49
Season memberships available
PGA pro: Chad Johansen
Updated: July 30, 2013 8:37AM
With water to the left and water to the right, hitting a good tee shot at the 16th hole at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol is a must.
“Hole 16 is a relatively short par-5 at 492 yards, but demands accuracy,” said Chad Johansen, the course’s PGA pro. “With water on the right and left, hitting the fairway is very important.
“The green is well guarded with three big bunkers (nearly surrounding it to the right, left and left rear). The green is relatively flat, so it’s a great opportunity for a birdie. If you’re not careful, though, it could be that dreaded snowman 8.”
No. 16 is just one hole in a challenging layout that often utilizes Blackberry Creek and was designed by the late David Gill, of St. Charles, for the course located between Montgomery and Yorkville, southwest of Aurora.
As stated on its website (www.blackberryoaks.com) “the course was built to blend and enhance the natural assets of the property such as Blackberry Creek, the wetlands, the prairie lands and mature oak groves; Blackberry Oaks is a true ‘Link with Nature.’ ”
It has been home to qualifiers for the Illinois open, U.S. Junior Amateur, Illinois Women’s Amateur, Illinois State Amateur and the U.S. Open.
The restaurant at the course has new ownership. The former Ralph’s Place closed last fall and the remodeled and expanded Kennedy Pointe Restaurant & Pub was opened in April by new owner Jay DeMarco. Its website is www.kennedy
Blackberry Oaks is hosting its amateur four-ball tournament, featuring two-man teams, over the weekend. It’s schedule includes a Summer 2 Man Challenge on July 21; club championship Aug. 17 and 18 and Wally Boughton Senior Open Sept. 17 and 18. Call the course for information.