The first hole at Oak Quarry (where our Socal Outing was held yesterday) is a 274 yard Par 4. It's about 140 yards to reach the fairway over the ravine, and about 210 to reach the first bunker. That part of the fairway is roughly 80 yards wide. The first half of this portion of the fairway is flat (140-180), and the second half starts heading uphill (180-210). Any ball on this portion of the fairway could leave you with an awkward uphill/sidehill lie. From 210 to about 240, the fairway pinches down to about 12 yards wide, and continues sloping uphill. Beyond 240, the fairway and green combined is about 35-40 yards wide, and it flattens out. Any miss to the right is dead. It's all a ravine and the chances of finding a ball over there are slim, and if you do, the chances of it being playable are slimmer. The hole plays probably about 20' or so uphill and, at least yesterday, the wind was pretty calm.
Here is the view from up above:
And here is the view from the tee box (I added the black line for the flag):
The view of the green from the beginning of the fairway (about 140 off the tee and 130 to the hole):
A view of the green from the fairway, the mound just forming on the right of the picture is the bunker in the middle of the fairway (about 240 from the tee):
A view of the green from just left of the fairway, pin-high, 270 yards from the tee:
The view looking back down the fairway towards the tee from the same spot:
And, finally, the green (and a pakoh and a k-troop), as viewed from the back, looking straight towards the tee (which is directly behind the flag):
To everybody: How would you play this hole and why? Also, how much does this being the first hole of the course play into your decision, if at all?
To those who played yesterday: How did you decide to play this hole and why? How did it turn out? And, if you had a chance to do it again, would you play it differently?