Re: Laying up on Par threes?
Originally Posted by Shindig
You talking about 16 at Rancho? That hole definitely can bite you. There's usually a full or almost full club on-shore wind behind you, so it's usually a 7i for me, so if I'm swinging well that day it is indeed one of the easiest holes, and definitely the easiest par 3, but when the flag's in the right green (hole has two equally used greens, almost identical distance), a mishit can kill you.
I've over-drawn a ball into the very steep down-slope just left of the green when they're letting the rough grow deep there, was too scared to commit to swinging a bit hard cause of the trees, dirt, and pine needles just over the green, didn't get the chip up out of the grass much, chipped again this time to the far fringe, then 3 putted. Makes you feel dumb when on a good day that's a whole you expect to par...
As to OP, I'm not smart/good enough to do this, though I might consider it next time on number 8 at that same course. It's 190/215 from mid/back tees. I play mids on my own but will play back tees if the rest of the group is. From the back it's a 2h for me, and the greens pretty thin unless the pin's in the back. A 6i towards the right edge of the green leaves a slightly uphill up-and-down opportunity. Maybe I'll try that next time I'm out and my 4i/2h aren't going super straight that day..