So there is a hole on one of my local tracks (Semi Private) that just doesn't see eye to eye with me. Yesterday, like many other days, I approached this hole at 1-over on the back. It's the 16th hole so I'm heading in with good number for me and my current game. Here is my beef with the hole's layout and design:
It's a Par 5. It travels REALLY down, then REALLY back up. From the Blue Tees (One up from Championship Tees) you have the following to deal with and compute off the tee: At the end of the right hand side of the FW, you have 270yds before 100yds of waste and unplayable natural area; On the left you have 285. Also on the right hand side, between the FW and the deep woods, there is a trap that resides 208 through 240 yards.
The 100yds of waste area is the low point of the hole and thus begins the steep grade back up.
The green is not in view from the bottom of the fairway, nor can you see it until you get inside of 150yds.
So, there is SOME idea of what you are faced with. For me, it's NOT a driver hole... at all. Baby it and i'll peel one into the soft-sanded fairway bunker on the right. Overcook a "bunt" and I roll into "the mess." Swing away and I'm deeper into said mess.
Now I know, I know... hit 3W, hit a hybrid, hell - hit an iron. Well, 3W puts me in danger of reaching the tall stuff, and an iron makes for a difficult downhill-lie second shot over aforementioned mess with still the possibility of a blind 200yd third shot. That being said, I normall hit an easy 3 or 4 hybrid (wind-based) and try to roll out to the 285yd left side. Note - your tee shot is onto a drastically sloped fairway and the ground is always hard and fast.
After ALL of that (I tried to post a picture, sorry!!), what are YOUR thoughts/feelings on a Par 5 design that takes driver out of play for even moderately long recreational golfers, only to then have an uphill, blind second shot, that either requires a downhill or uphill lie or 100yards of tall nasty unplayable waste area?
I just feel like a par 5 that has no reward or opportunity for a good long tee ball is kind of "wrong." I like risk/reward holes. They seem to test your judgement and decision making. I understand the need and mentallity for the "Just take your par, and move along" holes, but if a premium is going to be placed on the tee ball, should there not be a rewarding "Green light" area?
Maybe it's personal for me. Maybe I've carded too many doubles and bogeys here; not enough pars and only a handful of birdies over 5+ years of playing this course. Or maybe, just maybe... it's because it's one of the four closing holes that I can not hit driver!!! Yeah, that MIGHT have something to do with it...