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Friday, July 22, 2011

Tee Variety - Holes #10 through #12

Hole #10 - The gold tee on the 10th hole is the first of three brutish options on the back nine for those with a soft spot for long par 4 holes.  The gold tee plays 446 and is located across the road back near the practice range.   

The 10th is a monster from the gold tees.  The white tee box is seen in the distance.  The blue tee is to the right on the top of the mound seen on the far right.
With the swirling winds we faced on our recent trip this hole was just as likely to play with a tailwind or a headwind, often times changing with each shot!  One of my favorite moments of the trip was when I caught a nice one from the tips on #10.  While the ball was in the air, I got an “attaboy” from one of my playing partners... only to see the ball fall short of the fairway and come to rest in the rough!  The blue tee weighs in at 393 and plays from a angle more to the right.  This tee is located a little more conveniently to the clubhouse, which is how I rationalize avoiding the gold tee whenever possible.  

The blue tee provides a different angle than all of the other tee boxes on the 10th.  Seen to the left is the red tee box.
The white tee makes the hole an even more manageable 364.  This tee is located back down to the left of the blue tee.  Finally, the red tee presents yet another option for a 300 yard par 4.
Hole #11 - The gold tees really start to show their teeth on the back nine.  While there is only 160 yards difference between the gold tees and the blue tees on the front, there is an astounding 320 yards difference on the back nine!  90 of those yards come on the two par 3s; 40 of them coming here on the 11th.  The gold tee at the 11th is listed at 180 on the card.  The blue tee plays from a similar angle, yet a much shorter 140 yards.  

The blue tee on the 11th hole.  The gold tee plays from a similar angle but much longer.    The white and red tees are forward and to the left.
The white and red tees are off to the left creating a new and fun angle for the player.  Those tees play 121 yards and 114 yards.  Hidden Gem: One of my favorite “hidden” tees is to play the 11th hole from the 18th tee.  It can be played from the 18th gold tee at 100 or less yards, with the green in full view or from the 18th blue tee at 120 to 130 yards to a mostly blind green.  This angle turns what I’d call a “false side” of the green from the normal tee into a pure false front that must be challenged.  

Playing the 11th from the 18th tee is a fun treat when the pin is located front left.  This brings both the false front and the small bunker into play.
Hole #12 - Another hole that stretches into a beast from the tips, the gold tee here plays 455.  The 12th tee is elevated and will often play downwind, but this is probably the most challenging drive on the course.  The fairway plays to a slight diagonal from the tee with some of the most penal rough on the course awaiting to the right for the player that challenges too aggressively.  There is more room than what appears to the left, so there’s no excuse to miss right.  The longer the summer wears on, the longer this rough gets.  When you miss right in September make sure to bring a search party with you!  The blue tee is still a stout test at 425.  The tee box is slightly less elevated than the gold tee box, and the angle is fairly similar.  

The scene of the blue tee on the 12th hole.  The gold tee is directly behind, though a much tougher battle.  The white and red tee boxes and be seen in the distance on the left.
The white and red tee boxes sit together at 335 yards.  These are down the hill a bit and much more to the left, not only reducing the distance but also giving the golf a straight down the chute view of this hole.  The short tees are fun to play when the wind is helping as you can really put the ball down close to the green with a well struck shot.

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