The Final Charge
C’mon, we dare you … to overcome Bridges of Poplar Creek’s “Final Charge.” We’re talking about holes 16, 17 and 18, lauded as the best “round-ender” in Illinois. A sneak preview before testing your mettle:
No. 16 – A long, straight tee shot avoiding the bunker on the right side is a must for this difficult and trying par four. The second shot is all uphill, requiring an extra club to reach the well-bunkered green. The place to be in two is right in the middle of this rather flat putting surface.
No. 17 – The longest par 3 at 215 yards from the championship tees is a unanimous winner. A picturesque but frightening downhill tee shot leads to an L-shape green almost completely surrounded by water. Playing for the pin is bold but carries reward potential on this multi-tiered green. A wise choice is to aim for the center of the green and run away with a solid par.
No. 18 – The longest par four on the course, this hole demands a long tee shot to a wider landing area. The approach shot varies to where the pin is located, but if you are precise in your club choice, you will end up with an easier flat putt. If not, then it’s golfer beware.
This three-hole stretch is named The Final Charge because of its stout nature and routing in the shape of a lightning bolt.