Originally Posted by Uncle Peter
10th hole 305-yard severe dogleg left par 4, that's carved through a thick pine forest, at a local course I play often. Decided to play it safe (ironically) and hit a 3-wood, but sliced it hard left dead into the forest. I found the ball after a few minutes and assessed the situation. The ball was on level ground, but my path to the hole was blocked by about 30 yards of tall pine trees, about 90 yards away. I decided to risk it and go for a low 3H punch shot. I hit it beautifully and the ball barely got a few feet of the ground, just skipping it`s way through the forest. The ball makes it out, hops over the greenside bunkers, and lands 9 feet from the hole. I make the putt for the unlikeliest of birdies.
So many great replies but I really love this one!
The two that spring to mind for me were both in matchplay tournaments, one fourball and one on my own.
The one on my own was on #14, I was 2 down and looking out of it. It's a dogleg left par 4, SI1, maybe 200y to the corner and then easily over 200 coming into a pretty small green with a bunker at the front. Everything left is thick rough and scrub and trees too, so it's risk/reward depending on how much of the corner you're prepared to bite off. I tried to play safe with a hybrid to the corner but hit a horrible thin, fadey thing that ran through the dogleg into some trees at the back. I should've taken my medicine and pitched out sideways but I tried to get clever and punch a 6iron out, hit a tree and bounced back even further behind me, now out of the trees but blocked out by them, and requiring a huge cut if I stood a chance of making it. Knowing my opponent was about to go 3up unless I did something I pulled my 4 wood and decided to go for it, GPS (which is allowed in this tourney to my great pleasure) read 236 to the middle. Never before or since have I caught it so pure off the deck with that club - 40/50 yards of cut on it, perfect contact, and it bounced over the bunker and released up to the pin in the back right to 5 feet. I was on such a high I got really heavy handed with the par putt and knocked it past so had to settle for a bogey, but the adrenaline in my veins for the last few holes saw me string together par-par-par-birdie to sneak it 1up on the 18th :)
The other was on the 18th of a fourball game, we're 1 down, and my approach shot was pushed way right and ended up lying on pine straw underneath this really low tree. My partner was out of the hole and one of their players was out too, although his partner had hit a scruffy chip to about 7/8 feet having come up short in the fringe with his approach. I'm maybe 40 yards from the green, and have to go over a bunker to make it - but I have no room to make a proper pitch swing in that direction as I'm completely impeded by the tree. I even thought about chipping into the bunker and trying to hole out but my sand game is very average indeed! In the end having looked at it a bit I see the right edge of the bunker as I look at it has a high bank, making a sort of bowl feeding down into it. With no other option I hit a 7iron chip through the rough and bounced perfectly on the bank, it pops out at a 90 degree angle onto the green and rolls over to the pin, absolutely stiff for an unorthodox but nevertheless, tap in par. My opponent is gobsmacked and fluffs his par putt so we sneaked a half!
As a higher handicapper I love the stories in this thread because it gives hope that whatever trouble you're in, you can escape it - something I need to try and do far too often for my liking!