Monday, May 2, 2011

Course Tour - Hole #5

Hole #5 description on the Kingsley Club web site is here.

Looking down at the 5th green from the rough short and left of the hole.

Here is my commentary from A Fan's Photo Tribute on

#5 is a par 3
222 from the Gold tee
191 from the Blue tee

While the scorecard says this is the 2nd par 3 on the front nine, from the tees that Mike dragged us back to this is really more like the 2nd par 5.  This is an intimidating tee shot to say the least.  Very little of the putting surface can be seen from the tee.  There is a a small grassy runway leading up to the green, but the run-up approach just doesn't seem as appropriate here as it does so many other places on the course.  The landing area short of the green does nothing to inspire confidence that this is the aiming point.  This one feels more like get out your wood or hybrid and have a whack at it!  The green, while no where near the size of the preceeding two holes, is still receptive to the shot (assuming you strike the shot true) since it plays larger than its size.  Particularly to the right side pin we faced, it feels like everything feeds over there.

There's a whole lot of carry from this back tee, and if you dont strike a confident shot you may be faced with a recovery from Hell.  There's plenty of long and scraggly stuff around, and most of the tee shot is carry.

In the afternoon (after Mike wasn't around to see us) we moved up a set of tees, which worked much better for our group.  Smoother swings were evident, and we finished up with 4 balls within birdie range.  The interesting thing was that we all got there in a different manner.  We had the solidly struck shot headed toward the target, the shot that scooted on up and over the hill to the putting surface, and the well struck shot to the left middle of the green that fed over toward the hole.

This is another fun but demanding hole.  It's also another great match play hole that could result in an 'x' on the card.  I can't even imagine taking on the Gold tee with a strong head wind.  I wouldn't have enough club!

The view from the tips.  Everyone should experience it, but this isn't the tee from which I'll be playing my regular game.
View from the less demanding but still challenging blue tee box.

Another picture from the edge of the tee box, showing more of the valley between the tee and green.
The view of the green as you walk past the crest of the hill that obscures the putting surface from the view on the tee.  Here you see the result of several shots, all struck in a different manner, to demonstrate that the green area can be quite receptive.  You really see the punchbowl effect from this angle.  Hole #1 is in the distance.
A view of the green from behind the hole.
A wider angle shot from behind the green
A shot from fully behind the green complex with a nice look at the rear bunker
A view from above, standing on #2 tee.  From this angle, you can see clearly how everything funnels to the right beyond the middle of the green.
Comments on hole #5 from Mike DeVries:

"The 5th is in direct contrast to the parallel 2nd, in that it accepts many shots into its long punchbowl setting versus the repellency of the ridgetop short 2nd.  I like that they are adjacent to each other and you can see the location of the 5th's pin when you leave the 1st green.

I think the intimidation of the length of the shot is offset by the gathering of the bowl, making it the easiest of the par 3's overall (evidenced by the afternoon group's 4 on the green when they played a more comfortable tee).  Although listed as the longest of the 3's from the back, the play is often shorter than the yardage with a shot in the approach that will run down to the pin.  I am definitely more comfortable with this tee shot than some of the others, knowing the margin of error is wider than most, and I will usually have a good chance at a putt or inventive chip shot.

One of the interesting aspects of the hole is that, with the exception of the far right bowl, where most shots end up, it is very difficult to get the ball close to the hole with the tee shot.  This makes it difficult to make a 2 under most circumstances but a 3 or 4 is very doable for most players.  And there have been numerous hole-in-ones and short birdie putts when the pin is in the far right bowl.

I really enjoy playing a shot out to the left, over the small bunker in the hillside, and watch it careen out from behind the hill and across the green -- the delay is somewhat unnerving at first but satisfying once you see the ball reappear."

"There are numerous ways to attack the hole from the tee on the 5th, depending on your tendencies in shot shape or to get to a certain flagstick location.

Low shots, high floaters, fades, draws, even straight bunts are all possible, depending on what you are trying to do.  I love a nice low running shot that lands 25-30 yards short of the green in the gap of fairway -- the ball will release and roll down to the green.  A carefully played draw or hard hook will careen further left and stay up on the upper shelf, but that is a daunting shot to attempt.  Off-center hits will all gather towards the green, as it is a true punchbowl.  The margin of error is very high for an average shot and very small for the exacting player trying to get close to the pin.

My greatest shot on the hole probably came on the opening day celebration -- the pin was on the left front in a very inaccessible spot, there was a little wind into us and we were playing from about 185 yards.  My 5-iron flew true (an unusual aspect for me that day!) and finished one foot directly behind the cup!  Of course, we couldn't see the cup on the surface of the green from the tee, but didn't see it come down to the right, so it had to go right past the cup.  Good thing it didn't go in -- I never would have lived that one down (plus it was a full house and would have cost me a bundle!), but, oh, it was close!"


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