Will you take on the big bunker?
Make the smart choice on a super-long par 3.
“Sometimes the distance to the green doesn’t matter.”
On a long par 3, don’t let the distance intimidate you. Often there’s no need to carry the ball all the way to the middle of the green.
Take the third hole at the Pronghorn Club ( illustrated) in Bend, Oregon, which tips at 232 metres and is typically set at 185 metres for the members. This is a basic design model I’ve used on many of my courses – a large, raised bunker guarding a low green with assistance available to the shorter hitter.
What kind of assistance? If you don’t feel comfortable ying the ball all the way to the green, simply carry it past that high bunker and allow the downslope leading to the green to feed it there. Or, play away from the bunker and leave a simple chip shot.
None of these three strategies is the most correct. All that matters is what plays to your strong suit at that particular moment.