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Tennanah Lake's signature hole

Ed Townsend
Posted 7/1/22

Offering one of the most spectacular signature holes from the golfing scene in Sullivan County, we offer a spectacular view of the 14th green at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club.

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Tennanah Lake's signature hole


Offering one of the most spectacular signature holes from the golfing scene in Sullivan County, we offer a spectacular view of the 14th green at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club.

The 14th hole at Tennanah Lake is a 548-yard par 5, and is the longest hole of the course. The fairway runs downhill and there is a pond on the left. This 14th hole has been designated as the signature hole with water surrounding most of the hole and the approach to the green is over a small beautifully designed bridge.

The 14th hole definitely gets a lot of talk and interest from golfers who work to develop an approach shot from the fairway to the green itself avoiding the water hazard surrounding a major portion of the green.

From the attention and interest this green gets, it's easy to say why it is called and properly identified as the Signature hole.

Mary Paula Wagner serves this magnificent golf course as general manager and Hunter Flynn heads up the Director of Golf office.

Over the past 14 years, the clubhouse and course have seen major renovations. In 2007, the front nine holes underwent major changes with two new greens added on holes four and nine.

Major green reconstruction took place several years ago at hole No. 14, with the hole almost being surrounded by water making it the course’s signature hole.

In 2006, the clubhouse was totally renovated which included an enlarged pro shop and an expanded dining area and grill.

The Wolff Brothers purchased the land for this facility in 1910. Alfred Tull did the redesign of the golf course in the 1950's, and the highlight of the course was the exhibition play of Sam Snead in 1952, with Sam calling the layout one of the longest and most challenging courses he had ever played.

When the course was expanded to 18 holes, six of the original nine were utilized in the design.

The layout of this 18-hole golf course provides any golfer with lots of opportunities to enjoy a great round of golf.

Highlights of the first nine holes include Hole No. 2, which is a 547-yard par 5 featuring a narrow opening in front of the tee but the fairway then opens up about 75-100 yards from the tee. A straight tee shot is a must have, or a lot of trouble will greet you on the left and right. A sand trap is on the left side of the green. A long straight tee shot and a solid second strike slightly downhill makes this green reachable in two and a good par or birdie.

Another interesting hole on the first nine is Hole No. 7, which is a 435-yard par 5 and the fairway runs straight uphill. This is where you let it all out, with as long a tee shot as you can muster, and then a long iron or fairway wood to the green, which has a trap on the right side.

The front nine plays 3,181 yards with a par 36.

Hole No. 11 on the back nine offers a 186-yard par 3, which tends to play shorter than the yardage posted. Sand traps are on the right and left. If you overshoot this green, there is a downhill slope in the back of the green. Be patient as this green tends to look easy and negative play can result in a bogey.

At this time, the golf course features the Thursday Men's golf league and many weekend golf tournaments.

Some of the policies at Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club include no metal spikes, proper golf attire required, rental of golf carts and clubs, a driving range and a putting green.  

The par for 18-holes of golf is 72 and the total length is 6,789. The course slope is 132 and the course rating is 73.7.

The longest holes on this course are hole No. 2 with 547 yards and hole No. 14 with 548 yards.

Golf reservations can be made at 607-498-5000. The pro shop offers a large variety of both men's and ladies apparel. After a day of golf, enjoy a meal and a refreshing drink at The Grill.

LIV Golf is Showing Strength as it Grows

The controversial breakout golf league, (LIV), run by CEO Greg Norman, is financed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and is offering outrageous purses.

According to LIV, the name was created for two reasons:

In Roman numerals, LIV is 54. Each of LIV's events are 54 holes. Also, if a golfer birdied every hole on a par 72 course, the score would be 54.

And if that unlikely score (or lower) is ever carded during one of its events, LIV is offering a $54 million bonus.

And even though LIV is receiving $250 million from Saudi's PIF and the money appears to be limitless, no need to worry about writing an additional $54 million check.

The lowest round in competitive golf ever recorded is a 58, of which five are recognized. However, just one was made on the PGA Tour, Jim Furyk at the 2016 Travelers Championship.

LIV Golf Investments' offices are located in West Palm Beach.

Australian golfer Greg Norman is the first and founding CEO of LIV.

LIV is offering purses of $25 million for the first event and $50 million for the series finale Oct. 27-30 at Trump National in Doral.

The company's LinkedIn page reads, "LIV Golf Investments is a newly formed company, with companies in the USA and UK, with Asian offices to follow. Its remit is to holistically improve the health of professional golf on a truly global scale and support existing stakeholders to help unlock the sport’s untapped potential."

It appears there is strength in what LIV proposes to do, but what the end results will be is something no one is sure of at this time.

Golf Tip By Robert Menges

One of the most overlooked aspects in the game of golf is called “course management.”

There are two different components that control the game of golf, mental and physical. Course management falls under the mental side of the game. Golfers of all ability levels can learn to shave strokes off their game by thinking.

Even the greatest golfers in the world hit errant shots once in a while. Some of them make fantastic miracle shots to get out of trouble. The smart safe play is forgotten because it does not make the highlight reel.

I see golfers try to hit shots they are not capable of, and it ends up costing them strokes instead of saving them. If you use good course management, sometimes it is better to pitch out to the fairway and then hit to the green.

When you are playing a par 5 you may want to lay up with your second shot and then try to make a birdie by using a good wedge game.

If you find yourself in trouble on the course, make sure you go through all your options before you hit your shot. By using good course management you are able to keep a big number off your scorecard.

You may feel like you are giving up, but sometimes a smart move safe play will save you strokes and improve your score.

Tarry Brae

Tuesday Mens

  1. Aymes & Sauchuck 96.0
  2. Yaun & Gilmore 94.0
  3. Diffenderfer & Fleischman 93.0
  4. Green & Garcia 92.0
  5. Jester & Mullen 86.5
  6. Schneider & Garber 86.0
  7. Bonsick & Cassevah 85.0
  8. Martin & Poppo 82.0
  9. Flores & Kukas 79.5
  10. Pollock & Carey 79.0
  11. Metakes & Winship 79.0
  12. Kushetsky & Hinkley 78.5
  13. Collette & Iqbal 75.5
  14. Kawauchi & Altbach 75.0
  15. Goldberg & Klugman 74.5
  16. Simpson & Wolcott 68.5

Swan Lake

Tuesday Night Birdie Division

  1. T. Ditmar & J. Moylan 52.5
  2. N. Bell & M. Freaney 51.0
  3. D. Luczynski & M. Garigliano 49.5
  4. P. Clifford & A. Hauser 46.5
  5. C. Hicks & B. Garber 45.0
  6. M. Williams & D. Divita 43.5
  7. M. Welsh & S. Duquette 42.0
  8. A. Torrens & M. Lagatutta 41.5
  9. H. Keherley & J. Rhupert 41.0
  10. A. Atkins & R. Festa 40.5
  11. T. VanKeuren & T. VanKeuren 39.5
  12. T. Merklin & S. Austin 39.5
  13. N. Huggler & M. Murphy 39.5
  14. D. Byrne & T. Byrne 38.0
  15. K. Erlwein & Bryan Meyer 34.5
  16. J. Merklin & P. Heisler 25.0

Tuesday Night Par Division

  1. P. Fanning & A. Marciano 52.0
  2. L. Whipple & L. Whipple 50.0
  3. J. Tanous & J. Wilhelm 46.5
  4. W. Herzog & K. Clifford 45.5
  5. M. Diehl & A. Bradley 42.5
  6. J. Frankie & R. Frankie 41.5
  7. C. Roth & C. Roth 40.0
  8. J. VanKeuren & T. Nieman 39.5
  9. J. Sazoff & A. Riente 38.5
  10. E. O'Malley & T. Ellison 33.5
  11. J. Rusin & R. Ellison 31.5
  12. P. Donovan & K. Scheibe 31.5
  13. K. Wheeler & S. Hamlin 31.0
  14. C. Schadt & W. Mall 31.0
  15. T. Gallo & C. Roth 28.0
  16. J. Finn & J. Russell 20.5


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