To talk about Rivera specifically a couple of factors I don't think you are taking into consideration: 1. The amount of elevation change. The course is built on the side of a hill. There are not a lot of flat lies on the course.2. The density of the trees. I have never played Rivera but I have played some older courses with similar tree lines and your only option is pitching sideways to get it back to where you can hit a shot towards the hole.