Jack Nick­laus

My strat­egy for play­ing a dou­ble fair­way

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - —WITH MAX ADLER

Some holes you have to play a few times be­fore you un­der­stand the op­tions. There’s real nu­ance to the de­sign so it takes your full at­ten­tion, along with a bit of trial and er­ror, to fig­ure out the most ef­fi­cient way to align your skills against its par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges. I love that kind of very cere­bral golf, but some­times it’s fun to play a hole that’s bla­tant, too. Play­ing this game is about mak­ing choices, and no fea­ture em­bod­ies this fact so plainly as a split fair­way. As a de­signer, I’m be­ing ob­vi­ous: I’m ask­ing you to pick a side: left or right?

The par 5 11th hole on the Leg­end course at The Club at Ibis (il­lus­trated), a course we de­signed in West Palm Beach in 1991 and ren­o­vated this sum­mer, has two fair­ways. The one on the right dan­gles greater re­ward and risk. Down­wind, even many shorter hit­ters can con­sider this bolder path. The de­ci­sion ul­ti­mately falls on the sec­ond or third shot, but smart play­ers have a plan be­fore they peg a tee.

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