Dan­ger­ous Curves Ahead

Study­ing a double dog­leg

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play -

BE READY FOR A SHIFT

I can see Mike Davis, the USGA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor who is in charge of course setup, util­is­ing two or more tee boxes on this hole. It’s listed to play at 397 or 424 me­tres. The pre­vail­ing wind is against, so from the back tee most play­ers will play to here. From this rise, the ap­proach is about 160 me­tres with the left por­tion of the green hid­den. But shift the mark­ers up a box or two, and even shorter hit­ters would be tempted to play more to the right.

GAR­DEN SPOT

Suc­cess­fully chal­lenge the tall fes­cue and catch the fast downs­lope of the fair­way, and you could have a wedge shot left for your sec­ond. Davis wants play­ers to face a de­ci­sion. If the wind is calm, he can cause un­cer­tainty by choos­ing a longer tee box that makes this carry more for­mi­da­ble. But smart golfers will have tested their favourite driv­ing clubs from each tee so as to not be caught off guard.

SHORTER IS BET­TER

This is a small green com­plex, about 370 square me­tres. The front two-thirds slopes to­wards the fair­way, and the back third slopes away. With a green like this, I can’t imag­ine many sit­u­a­tions where I’d want to be chip­ping from any­where but the front open­ing.

DON’T MISS HERE

On many cour­ses, the line that reaps the big­gest re­ward is usu­ally the most pe­nal if you don’t pull the shot off. Here, a high ridge com­pletely blocks your view if you come up short. Hope there’s a cloud in the sky, oth­er­wise you’ll have next to noth­ing to aim at for your ap­proach. The ground is el­e­vated along the left rough, so you’re slightly bet­ter off if you miss the fair­way there. You’ll prob­a­bly see some of the green.

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