The situation Erik brought up got me thinking about a par five on my course that often gives me trouble. I have been trying to figure out the best way to play this approach for a while and am wondering what you guys think? It is a par five and there are a number of ways to play it, and hazards are in play with all of the options. I have made anything from eagle to triple bogey on this hole.
The situation is that you have hit a decent drive and have 210 to the hole. There is a lot of water as you can see surrounding the green. Any miss to the right kicks into the hazard and to the left of the green are a couple mounds that a miss left kicks into that hazard.
Black(go for it) - You have about 210 to the green, and you will likely clear the first part of the hazard making for better options with a drop. Any miss right of the green and you are in the hazard and a miss into the mounds left of the green will likely kick into that hazard.
Red(lay up just short) - This shot is about 170 yards. It leave a nice easy little pitch and a good chance for making a birdie. The problem is if you catch it slightly thick or push it you will not clear the hazard and will have to drop well back.
Yellow(lay up to around 100 yards) - This is what I usually do as it is the safest shot I see that still leaves a chance to stick it close. The problem is that it generally puts you with a wedge in your hands and a ball that is below your feet. I usually aim left and hit it to the left side of the green and take a longer 2 putt par. The trouble when going at a pin that is is that any little push right is trouble if you do not hit the green.
Blue(lay up to about 140 where the ground is flat) - I have never tried this, but it could be an option. You lay up to flat ground which is 140 yards out. The issue would be you cannot miss with your third shot from 140.
Here is a photo from right of the green:
Here is a photo that is just a bit forward of where the shot is usually played closer to the 140 yard out spot: