Eden is a subtle hole, similar to number one on the front, not very long, with a generous fairway. A barn used to reside in the landing area. The mailbox post is still located in the left rough. The barn had a watering hole for the cattle that was surrounded by rocks. We took the rocks and repurposed them into a rock wall protecting the green. The rock wall was designed to frame the green, not to penalize poor shots.
There is a hump on the left side of the fairway that is the aiming point for tee shots. The three bunkers on the right side of the fairway can come into play if the wrong aiming line is chosen, or the tee shot is poorly executed.
We paid tribute to Bill Diddle on the green by installing one of his famous design traits “Diddle Bumps.” The green complex doesn’t appear to be overly difficult, but if you have some little bumps in the right places it can really add to the difficulty of the hole. We have a “Diddle Bump” in front of the green that actually blends into the green complex. This can really have a determining effect on the shot that you hit into the hole. It’s a very subtle bump out there, but it really impacts the play of that green.
If you play golf in the Midwest, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, you’ll come across a lot of Bill Diddle designed golf courses where he used these bumps to add a degree of difficulty on what appears to be an easy hole. Bill is one of the five founding members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He was born and raised right here in Carmel, IN. Our architect, Ron Kern, is a direct descendent of the Diddle design tree.Tags: Bill Diddle, Eden, Hole #11, Purgatory Golf Club, Ron Kern