SYRACUSE -- For all but a select few, hole No. 18 at Glen Eagle is a beast.
And that's why it's the best.
"Their entire round, people know that hole's coming and they've got to negotiate it," head professional Jared Barnes said.
Running along the southeast corner of the course sprawling links-style course, No. 18 is a par 5 that plays 560 yards from the back tees. It's considered the toughest hole on the course and with good reason.
If it's true that we human beings often want what we can't have, than No. 18 at Glen Eagle must be everyone's favorite hole. It has everything: length, thick rough, hazards and neighboring houses all down the left side.
And the island green waiting at the end? Well, that only adds to the hole's beauty ... and it's brawn.
Even with a great tee shot, reaching the 18th green is a challenging task, partly because of the hole's length and partly because of the water surrounding the target.
Barnes said it's not unusual for the most skilled players to successfully reach the promised land, but even he won't try it like he used to.
"The one thing I've learned, I very seldom go for that green in two anymore," Barnes said. "My first two or three years here I probably went for it eight out of 10 times, now I probably lay up eight out of 10 times. And my scores are better."
Each of the 18 holes on Glen Eagle's track -- which ranges from just over 7,000 yards from the tips to about 5,500 from the white tees -- has its own unique, Scottish-themed name on the scorecard.
For example, No. 1 - which happens to be one of the most pleasant opening holes in all of Norther Utah -- is called "McBride's March," while hole No. 14, a friendly little par 3, has been dubbed "Murfield" after the beloved old Scottish course that hosted this year's Open Championship.
No. 18 was aptly christened "Loch Ness Monster."
The length alone makes the hole intimidating for mere mortals. What makes even more challenging is the pond on the right hand side of the tee box.
Hit a straight drive and you should be just fine, provided the wind isn't in your face. Miss it just a little, or slice it to the right, and you might be wet before even getting a glimpse of the green.
"From the back tee it's probably a 180-yard carry," Barnes said. "And if you're into the wind or (you slice it), you definitely will (find the water)."
In some cases, a well-placed drive will leave golfers with a decision to make with their second shot. A 3 or 5 wood off the fairway might actually find the water around the green, so big hitters often lay up with their second shot in order to leave themselves 100-120 yards into the green.
For others -- myself included -- a good drive and a striped fairway wood still leaves a 5-iron or more to the green.
Looking back on it, I'm not sure I've ever scored better than par on 18, and even then I walked off the green with a smug smile on my sunburned face. More often than not, a bogey makes me happy.
Admittedly, I'm not exactly a single-digit player, but I hardly think I'm alone in my assessment of the fierce finishing hole.
Of course not everyone's a hacker. Some, in fact, are attackers.
One of the nice things about Glen Eagle is it's set-up. With five tees, it can play fiercely long or comfortably short, depending on each golfer's skill level.
From the very back it's over 7,000 yards, which makes it a viable candidate for championship play.
In fact, on Aug. 19th it'll host a qualifier for the upcoming Utah Open, which will be held Aug. 23-25 at Farmington's Oakridge Country Club.
Upwards of two dozen spots in the Utah Open figure to be up for grabs at next week's event for the pros and amateurs who've paid between $150 and $275 just to try.
Golf fans hoping to catch some of the drama might even consider hanging around No. 18 just to see how the big boys play it.
Barnes said it's a birdie hole to most of them, though they're likely to play it differently depending on their score through the first 17 holes.
A player who feels he's far enough under par will probably lay up and simply avoid a high number. On the other hand, there's likely to be a few guys who need to go even lower, which means they'll do whatever it takes to tame the beast otherwise known as the "Loch Ness Monster."