Raising your game when the time is right
“Sometimes a bunker is your friend.”
When I design a hole, my goal is to give golfers of all abilities a way to play it. Often I try to present three distinct options for the tee shot, escalating in difficulty. If I can do that, I figure I have nearly everybody covered.
Paramount is recognising the path down a hole that best suits your game. The perceptive player learns to identify all the choices. That way, when there’s a change in weather or circumstances, you’re ready to pounce on the opportunity to play more aggressively – or be more conservative, if that’s what the situation calls for.
Let’s take the par-4 18th at The Loxahatchee Club (illustrated) in Jupiter, Florida. It’s a course I designed in 1984, and our team renovated in 2016.The prevailing wind is against. This sets up three basic positions attainable with a solid drive, depending on your power. However, if the wind switches to helping, as it frequently does in the winter months, consider moving up a position. It’s your chance to play the hole like a stronger player. – with max adler