PRETTY AS A PIC­TURE

The Cut - - MY SIGNATURE HOLE... -

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

(160yds)

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