This painting features the 13th hole of Silver Lake Country Club in Stow, Ohio. Designed by Brent Wadsworth and Larry Packard in 1959,
Silver Lake occupies 120 acres of land that one designer thought too small and unfeasible to build a golf course on. Wadsworth and Packard
proved him wrong and designed a brilliant layout that took advantage of the unique topography Silver Lake had to offer. With both nines
sharing this topography, 6 of the holes are on level ground while the other 12 holes take the golfer on an adventure through rolling terrain.
My painting of the 13th hole shows what a challenge the rolling terrain can be on the back nine. A par 4 of 405 yards, the uphill tee shot
must carry a gully with a creek and a fairway that slopes off to the left. Any drive that is pulled will find the rough or a nasty steep ravine
that can't be seen in the painting and so players will favor the right side of the fairway bringing the fairway bunker into play. This really
narrows the target landing area for the tee shot which puts more pressure on the golfer who stands on the tee hoping to hit it straight on
the 2nd hardest hole on the golf course!
The approach shot is no bargain either because the player has to deal with an uphill lie to a severely sloping green where any ball hit above
the hole usually results in a 3 putt. Par is a good score here and birdie a rarity.
The original painting is in my private collection and I have reproduced the original into a limited edition of canvas giclee prints.