And BTW DAUPHIN HIGHLANDS is not in YARDLEY PA man.... Do you use blades by chance? I do and I can tell you for a fact that I do get spin on the ball out of rough because I take a very steep swing for that reason. I never try to pick it out of rough. The funny part about what you are saying is that I WAS PLAYING THE FRONT! The hole was 205 yards away and I played a 180 yard 6 iron. Apparently, you all are in a stratosphere all your own because when I hit the fringe in front of the green the ball rolls off the back at a faster pace than if I just hit the green with it....
Alright, calm down a bit. I assumed you were talking about Makefield Highlands Golf Club, which was an assumption based off of merely a cursory glance at a Google search. I can see my error now.
As to playing blades, I have no reason to play them myself. I find that my Ping Eye 2's work just fine for me and have more forgiveness on offcenter hits than a blade would, which I like. As to whether blades produce more spin or not, they tend to produce identical spin rates with the same swing on good contact as a GI iron. That is, of course, excluding the SGI irons that are marketed to specifically lower spin and give you a higher launch. Spin is affected more by the grooves in the club that whether or not you play a muscleback vs. a cavity backed club.
Do you have courses that have raised greens? If you do then you will know why your suggestion makes absolutely NO SENSE! NONE!!!! The majority of courses around here are raised greens, and at dauphin right in front of the green is actually WET! I guess you would play the shot PERFECTLY 20 yards in front of the green skip it off of mud then wind up a foot off of the hole right?
As to the raised greens point, I would have to say that I do know what it's like to play on raised greens. The course listed as my home course for GHIN purposes, Twin Peaks Golf Course, has all raised stadium greens. If you've seen one green there, you've seen them all.
For how I would play the shot, I suppose I would accept that the green may be tough to hold and play slightly differently in two ways. First, I would make hitting the fairway a top priority since you always get more spin off a fairway lie than out of the rough. Second, depending on what the course looks like (since I've never seen it), I would absolutely take the fairly easy chip from the front fringe over a difficult pitch that may be from way off the back. If you know you're unlikely to hold the green on a given shot, such as being 180 out and in the rough, then play for the safest bet. If you get lucky and the front edge isn't too squishy you may bounce on, if not you know that you just have a little chip to get on vs a pitch that has to stop quickly out of the rough. You even get to remove your ball if it embeds in the fairway!
Some of the suggestions in here just don't make sense! Not only that but you guys act like you are the purist of pure and if you can play those conditions everyone can. Let me point something out here.... Golf is dying! It's because of stuff like this! When you try to make a course play like a us open you completely take out any new customers and hurt the game in the process! The point should be to make it both fun AND challenging. It's not fun when its impossible, and for new players they are impossible....
I'm not trying to make you change something about your game, or trying to say that I can play those conditions as easily as any other conditions. I'm merely attempting to help you make the best of a possibly bad situation (again, I can't be certain of what it's like unless I've seen the course). If you don't like my ideas, go ahead and toss them out. Write them down and burn them if you want, or maybe use them as toilet paper (in which case I suggest using something soft to write them on) if it makes you feel better. The one thing to remember is that your local course may not be attempting to cater to a beginner audience. Do you have a local executive course nearby? If so, that might explain why Dauphin Highlands is set up to play difficult since they may be assuming that the beginners would go to a different course.
I personally am not concerned about golf dying due to one course having difficult conditions. I like having a course or two within reasonable driving distance that are seen as challenging or downright impossible, just because it's fun to occasionally go out there and try it out to see how I fare. A course near me (Heritage at Westmoor) is serving as a US Open qualifier course and I'd be interested to go out there the week after the qualifier is done just to see what the conditions they face are like. Then again, I can understand why it would be frustrating to play on a course set up to a high degree of difficulty on a regular basis. I just wouldn't blame something that happens at a relative minority of courses upon the decline of a sport (which still has many people playing, or at least so it seems when trying to get a weekend tee time).