The Aber­crom­bie Mon­ster

Course’s sec­ond hole a bru­tal test

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KEVIN ADSHADE

Hole at Pic­tou County golf club nom­i­nated for pro­vin­cial list.

Hate is such a strong word. But with re­spect to the par-4 sec­ond hole at Aber­crom­bie Golf Club, it might ap­ply.

“Even the good golfers have a prob­lem with it,” says Jonathan Gar­ron, di­rec­tor of golf at the 98-year-old course.

“The dis­tance (off the tee) makes you hit driver and it’s a chal­lenge to get it into the fair­way. If you some­how are able to make par on num­ber 2, it feels like a birdie.”

A player who finds the rough or a bunker right of the fair­way about 240 yards off the tee will prob­a­bly be hit­ting from an ex­treme side hill lie. If he’s left of the fair­way, it’s likely a blind shot to the green, as well — usu­ally, with a long iron or fair­way wood.

Even if a player man­ages to hit a good drive off the tee and finds the fair­way, he faces a long sec­ond shot. Short and right is wa­ter, short and left is a deep gulch where golf balls are lost and stay lost.

Go­ing long is some­what more prefer­able, but the big­gest is­sue with the hole is the lack of bailout near the green: a golfer who wants to lay up and take his chances on get­ting up and down for par has lit­tle room for er­ror.

“There’s a lit­tle bailout short and left, about 15 yards long,” says Gar­ron, who also states that the ge­og­ra­phy on that hole makes it vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to ease up on the pun­ish­ment golfers must en­dure.

“You can’t make is less dif­fi­cult.”

The green it­self is multi-tiered and when you fi­nally get there, there are some spots on the green that will have you work­ing hard to avoid a three-putt.

“For a chal­leng­ing hole, the green is very dif­fi­cult, too,” says Gar­ron, adding that the sec­ond hole is eas­ily the one that Aber­crom­bie golfers grum­ble most about.

Lo­cal pro golfer Brian Af­fleck has played Aber­crom­bie hun­dreds of times over the years — and many other cour­ses around Nova Sco­tia — and says the sec­ond is among the hard­est in the prov­ince.

“It’s def­i­nitely up there. When you’re stand­ing on the tee think­ing bo­gey would be a good score, you know it’s a tough hole,” he says.

“It’s a hole that ev­ery­one who plays it would take a bo­gey and move on. It’s prob­a­bly won or lost a lot of golf tour­na­ments at Aber­crom­bie over the years.”

The Chron­i­cle Her­ald is do­ing a fea­ture on the tough­est 18 at cour­ses from around the prov­ince — it will ap­pear in Satur­day’s edi­tion of the pro­vin­cial news­pa­per — and Gar­ron didn’t have to think very long be­fore de­cid­ing which hole at Aber­crom­bie would get his nom­i­na­tion.


Jonathan Gar­ron, di­rec­tor of golf at Aber­crom­bie Golf Club, stands 200 yards from the cen­tre of the sec­ond green. In front and right of the green is a large pond. Left of the green is a deep, tree-shrouded gul­ley.


A view from the tee: The bunker on the right is about 250 yards from the tee.

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