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Boy I love a spicy hole location from time to time. Post the videos or photos if you have some good ones.

Erik J. Barzeski —  I knock a ball. It goes in a gopher hole. 🏌🏼‍♂️
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I don't have a video, but last I played, on the 12th (we'll forget that I made a hot mess getting to the green), I had a 25' uphill put to a hole that had a 2' radius flat area around it and was downhill on the other side. I hit my putt and it looked online for the hole. It barely missed dropping but continued slowly past the hole and then hit the downhill part and rolled until it settled about 8 feet past the hole. Needless to say this was a 3 putt. But I missed the first putt on the "pro" side.

The 6th hole usually has some very spicy hole locations, but didn't that day.


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