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#13 - Belmont Golf Course, Richmond, Virginia...Par 3... 171(Blue) 158(White)

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Here's a beautiful photo of Belmont Golf Course, right here in Richmond, Virginia (Henrico County's municipal course - home to the 1949 PGA Championship).

This is #13, as seen in the title.  An elevated, very tricky, par 3 that plays 171 from the Blues or 158 from the Whites.  Mishit the tee shot with a 6-iron, and you're in the deep but very fluffy bunkers surrounding the green.  Overshoot the green, and you're way in the back, down the embankment out onto the cart path that winds around.  Edit:  Oh, and the pin is pretty much, guaranteed to be right up front!

Honest... My true mental confession:  This is the only hole that I get worried on and get all freaky, because of all the bunkers that are just waiting to swallow up my golf ball!

What do you think?  How would you play this?

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Edited by butchammon

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21 minutes ago, butchammon said:

What do you think?  How would you play this?

Looks like a great hole. If theres no wind, I'd hit a normal 7 iron from the blue tees and a normal 8 iron from whites aiming for the middle of the green.

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It's bunkers all around, so no direction to protect.  Long is out.  So try an uplofted swing on whatever clubs says "center short" of the green to me.  Klineka calls it 7 or 8 depending on the tee and the wind.  I agree, I'd have to adjust, he's about a half club longer.

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I am not gona buck the trend here. Its actually a straightforward hole to me. Its penal for sure, but not a lot of strategy. From Blues I would likely hit a 6 iron since I am elevated, and from the whites I may play a 7 or 8 depending on wind and how pure (or not so pure) I am hitting it the day. middle of green is the target. 

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I’d set up to hit a comfortable 8i from the whites, since that’s where I play from.

....and then proceed to block it right, overcook a draw off the planet, or skull a screamer that one bounces over the creek and into the lip of one of the bunkers.

Then, take either 1 shot out of the bunker, or two from off the green left or right, and 3 putt. Score: 4-6. Nice hole! 

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On 5/9/2018 at 5:02 AM, sofingaw said:

I’d set up to hit a comfortable 8i from the whites, since that’s where I play from.

....and then proceed to block it right, overcook a draw off the planet, or skull a screamer that one bounces over the creek and into the lip of one of the bunkers.

Then, take either 1 shot out of the bunker, or two from off the green left or right, and 3 putt. Score: 4-6. Nice hole! 

Sounds like you and I have a very similar strategy haha

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