It’s a Beast

How to han­dle a par 4 that goes for­ever

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best - – with roger schiff­man

As a designer, I some­times like to cre­ate what I call a “drive and a hit” par 4. In other words, the hole is so long that you’re re­quired to play your Sun­day-best drive, and then you still have to hit a lengthy ap­proach shot to reach the green. In the case of the 18th hole at Trump Na­tional Do­ral (il­lus­trated here), site of the WGC-Cadil­lac Cham­pi­onship, a re­ally long hit­ter can knock it on in two with an iron. The am­a­teur golfer, how­ever, might be wise to play the hole as a three-shotter and pur­posely lay up for a pitch-and-a-putt par or no worse than bo­gey.

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