Monday, June 20, 2011

Tee Box Variety - Holes #1 through #3

Hole #1 - There are two sets of gold tees on this hole.  One is by the club house and not  too far from the practice green. The other is across the 18th green by the blue tees. The gold tee by the club house is a beast. The hole stretches over 600 yards here. The angle from the tee is looking straight down the right side of the fairway. 

The view from the #1 gold tee near the practice putting green is an imposing one
The left side of the fairway is not really an option here because you'd have to eat up so much distance to go left. The angle from this gold tee is similar to the angle from the white tee which plays much shorter (542 yards). The alternative gold tee, across the 18th green, is probably my favorite look on the hole. The hole plays long, but the angle makes the fairway play a little more diagonally and both left and right are in play. Only the big hitters are going to clear the fairway bunkers from either set of gold tees. The blue tee (568 yards) plays from a somewhat similar, though less extreme, angle as the gold tee across the 18th green.   Finally, the red tee (480 yards) actually plays from down in the valley, so the tee shot is very uphill. This tee box cuts off a lot of distance but it is fun for a one-club or alternate shot event. 

The #1 blue tee, which doubles as the green tees, provides a very different look at the first fairway

The white tee is just ahead.   The red tee can be seen on the far left corner of this photo
Hole #2 - The gold tee is played from a pretty straight on angle to the green.  The scorecard lists the distance from this tee as 161, though the actual yardage has probably been more like 140 to 150 each time I’ve visited.  The sliver front portion of the green is in view here. The challenge is the extra distance. Though still a short hole, adding one or two clubs makes precision that much more difficult. 

This photo was taken from the angle of the gold tee.  The landing area short of the green looks more receptive from this angle, but precision is essential here.

The white (115 yards) and the blue tees (140 yards on the card, though again this tee typically plays a bit shorter) move around but are typically found over to the left side of the tee box. The dastardly green plays to an angle from here where landing on the front isn't much of an option. Aim to the back center from this location no matter where the pin resides.  

The already small 2nd green looks even smaller from the blue/white tee angle
The red tee plays less than 100 yards on this hole.  Hidden Gem: Play the 2nd from either the white or red tee on the 6th hole. These tees bring a wonderful new angle into the mix. The play is from the right side of the hole back up to the green and it adds some nice variety to the other options. 
Hole #3 - There isn't a huge difference between gold and blue on this hole (426 and 412 yards). Both are great choices and will require driver for most players. The angle from these two spots is pretty similar as well. 

Seen here is the view from the blue tee.  The gold tee is back about 15 yards.  The white and red tees are just out of view on the far left of the photo - looking straight down the fairway.  The "hidden gem" tee forces this fairway to play at even more of an angle than seen here.
The white (374 yards) and red tees (287 yards) are well forward and provide the option to play this hole as a very short par 4, which can be great fun given the exciting green here. We played the hole from the 287 red tee and the guys in my group were having a go at the green from the tee.  While this tee brings the green into play, it also brings a lot of trouble into play with a miss left.  Alan lost his first ball by playing aggressively. He teed up a provisional ball and we all watched with delight as the ball rolled onto the green and cozied up to within a foot of the hole. A non-traditional par not possible from some of the other tees.  The large green with wild contours makes this hole a challenging par even from the shorter tees, particularly when the pin is tucked in the far right position of the monstrous green.  Hidden Gem:  Because the 3rd and 5th tee boxes are located in the same area, there are numerous options for the 3rd tee.  We enjoyed playing from a spot on the 5th tee near the 190 marker where the 5th blue tee is normally located (on the most elevated 5th tee box).  This option moved the tee farther right than it is normally played.  In addition to stretching the hole out and making it a bit more of a beast, it makes the fairway play at a challenging diagonal angle from the tee.


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