This painting features the 11th hole of Kahkwa, otherwise known as "Court." The nickname was coined by lawyers
playing hooky from the office back in the early days of the club. If anyone (including wives) called the club asking their
whereabouts, club officials were instructed to say, "...they're at court" - a somewhat truthful answer!
Founded in 1893, and at the suggestion of Henry Catlin, Kahkwa was named after a tribe of American Indians who
"frequented the shores of Lake Erie when the country was forest." This Donald Ross gem was built in 1916 and has hosted
various golf tournaments, notably the 1971 US Women's Open and the 2004 US Women's Amateur. Another mainstay of
Kahkwa was the Greater Erie Charity Classic which ran from 1984 through 2000, drawing big names from the PGA Tour
including: Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange, and Fred Couples.
The 11th hole of Kahkwa can be as tough as any courtroom battle. At 167 yards and slightly downhill, Court seems innocent
enough, but trouble is lurking everywhere. If a ball is hooked, it will either find the trap, or bounce off of the signature
Donald Ross mounds into the woods.
A nasty group of bunkers guard the right hand side of the green and are not visible from the tee because of a large ridge
that bisects the fairway. Actually, buried underneath that large ridge is a monster sized bunker - filled in by a greens
committee at some point in time - unaware of its strategic importance!
Ross placed it there on purpose to disorient the player standing on the tee box - because it really wasn't in play - it was
situated half way between the tee box and the green. It just occupied a large part of the player's mind!
The hole also faces west, so the wind is usually in the player's face - and to complicate matters, the corridor created by the
12th fairway lets the northerly winds blow in, sending any tee shot that is pulled or hooked into trouble.
Commissioned by Kahkwa's President, Warren Omark for the club's 100th anniversary, the original painting hangs in the club's permanent collection.