FARMINGTON -- Water straight ahead. An elevated green 200 yards away. Trees on the left and sand traps on either side.
Majestic mountains in the distance.
As golf holes go, No. 15 at the Oakridge Country Club is challenging as it is breathtaking, and that makes it one of our Fairway Favorites.
Head pro Rick Mears said the four par 3s on Oakridge's par 72, 6,900-yard layout are likely to factor into this week's annual Utah Open.
And that certainly includes No. 15, a nifty uphill knee-knocker that plays more than 200 yards from the back tees.
"The par 3s are going to be a key to the championship," Mears said. "(The eventual champion) better have played them well."
The guys playing in the Utah Open -- which will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- will find No. 15 to be a challenge, though not completely intimidating.
The entire track at Oakridge, which plays 6,929 yards from the back tees and 6,561 from the whites, is visually impressive. It's tree-lined with deep rough and plenty of hazards.
Accuracy is required off the tee and a good short game is a must.
Whether it's coming down the stretch of a Sunday afternoon final or simply near the end of a Monday morning round with friends, a good score on No. 15 will be earned.
"Hole 15 is getting right down the stretch," Mears said. "It's going to determine how you play that day, particularly on Sunday when it gets down to the end."
Golf fans planning to take in the Utah Open this week might want to consider No. 15 as a place to set up a chair. It'll be fun to see how the participants handle it, especially the ones in contention and the ones who need to pick up a birdie or two.
Birdies will be available but they won't come cheaply.
"Whoever wins this match better put a good score up on hole 15," Mears said.
No. 15 sits in the middle of a fun little stretch that will test a golfer's patience and concentration.
The par-4 14th, which can be seen from northbound I-15, doglegs to the right and can be had fairly easily with a good approach. No. 16 is a 553-yard par 5 that doglegs left with a water hazard to the right of the green.
It between, there's No. 15. Looking southeast toward the mountains, it's a visual stunning hole, especially when the morning sun is just beginning to rise over the peaks. For that reason, it can be distracting to say the least.
The fact that it's uphill requires a little more club. However, the green isn't particularly spacious, which means landing a ball on the surface and keeping it there can be tricky.
That certainly was the case Monday morning as I played in one of the Utah Open pro-ams along with Salt Lake Country Club pro Ron Branca and three other colleagues from the local media.
Perhaps it says more about our little group that it does the hole but the fact remains not one of us hit the green. In fact, not one of us played it under par.
The Texas Scramble format allowed us to play the best tee shot but required each of the five to play his own ball from there.
The best we could do was play a shot from the fringe on the right side. Once on the green we found the putting surface to be slick, especially from above the hole.
Although we weren't really a threat to finish in the money, we all felt a bit dejected walking away with a group bogey.
That's what No. 15 can do. Go ahead and admire its beauty but brace yourself for a slap in the face.