PICK YOUR ROUTE BEFORE YOU START
The 18th hole at Pebble Beach is decision central
ere’s one of the most famous holes in golf on one of my favourite courses. The 18th at Pebble Beach is a great example of a classic risk-reward par 5. I’ve designed a number of holes that require the same kind of strategy – sweeping doglegs with water entirely up one side of the fairway – and I suspect you’ve had the opportunity to play similar holes. In Pebble’s case, the water is on the left side, and there’s out-of-bounds on the right, but that could be reversed and the same strategy would apply. There’s also a tree in the general landing area of the tee shot and a difficult bunker fronting the green. That’s why you should think through your game plan before teeing off.