PRETTY AS A PICTURE
Standing on the elevated tee, it’s easy to be distracted by the view, especially if, as in this photograph, Mt Taranaki is visible.
The sixth, The Dell, is not an easy hole to play. Danger lurks to the right where the out of bounds area includes a water treatment station, known locally as the “poo pond”, and OOB to the left is another lake (out of shot).
The best ploy, of course, is to get your tee shot on the green, but in fact most people end up short. That brings into play the lake and two of the three bunkers that guard the green.
While getting on the green is one thing, getting your ball to land in the right place so it stays there is another. The green slopes away to the front and right-hand side and there is no guarantee your ball will stay on the putting surface should it land here.
Wind is often a factor, it can be changeable too, and should you play 36-holes in a day you could have to contend with a very different wind direction during your second round. Club selection is particularly important playing this hole.
The Dell is a hole I always enjoy playing but it can be quite intimidating from the tee. Get it right though and you’ll head to the seventh with a smile.
NEW PLYMOUTH GOLF CLUB 24 Golf Course Lane, Bell Block, New Plymouth HOLE 6, The Dell PAR 3 – 146m