Originally Posted by JP1111
After seeing the post about how to play the short par 4 I thought I would get peoples input on another hole.
This is the 9th at my home course. It is the toughest hole on the course and probably the toughest I have played anywhere. Everyone seems to have a different philosophy so I thought I would see what you guys think.
It's a par 4, just over 400 yards from the whites. It's surrounded by OB (the picture doesn't show it but there's a road if you go long off the tee). The gap between the two OB lines as you tee off is about 40 yards, with the fairway being about 25 yards. This really widens past the corner. The fairway bunkers aren't too punishing but if you hit one you are having to play from the bunker over water, so you better not chunk it. To take on the corner you have to carry it at least 260 to keep it right of the water. The green also slopes away and is well protected by two fairly deep bunkers in front. If you go too long (anything more than 5 yards) you end up with a chip from a down hill lie from the rough.
I will also point out its a links course so the wind is usually blowing and the rough is punishing.
JP, can I get some more info on this one? What are those white arcs? I'm trying to guess here that based on the math (409-236=173) and the spacing that perhaps they are 200, 150, 125, 100, and 50 yards out from the green? Also, the wind ... is there a specific direction that it is usually blowing, or is it totally random?
For now, I'm just going to pretend like there is no wind. First off, I see no reason to be so bold as to try and chew off such a chunk of the dogleg, and also no reason to risk OB beyond the fairway, so driver is out. And I still have a bit of a two-way miss with my 3-wood as well, and since there is OB on both sides, I'll likely leave that in the bag as well. Of course, being that it's the 9th hole, I'll know my confidence level of the day, so if I'm hitting it well, I think the right play is a 3-wood over the left side of the right bunker. A solid shot will put me near that second white line, presumably 150 or 160 out. If I'm less confident with my woods that day, then I'll just take a hybrid or 4-iron right at the aiming stick, and be left with 180-200 in. That takes birdie virtually out of the equation, but it also takes 6 or 7 out of the equation as well.
For me, a bogey on a hole with OB on all sides AND a water hazard is not a bad result by any means. :)