On every golf course there are a few holes that require a special tee shot. Sometimes we are required to hit to a spot in the fairway and other times we need to hit to a distance. The second hole at my home course is like that; hitting to distance key to setting up a birdie putt. The challenge I have depends on the wind and wetness of the area around the green. This 165 yard par 3 challenges my shot making ability, but you know that I always love a challenge.
The third hole is set up such that the tee box is about 20 feet higher than the green. The green is slightly raised and offers little chance to roll the ball onto the green. The area short of the green is always wet and prevents any roll if we happen to hit our ball short. Basically, this postage stamp green requires every golfer to hit to distance with some accuracy.
To add additional challenges, the wind swirls around the area and it is difficult to know how it will affect our ball once it is airborne. At 165 yards, I generally play a six iron. It is a stock distance for me and should be the right club. Over the past three rounds, however, I have hit a 6, 5, and 4 hybrid in order to make it to the green. The 4 hybrid was hit during very windy conditions and rolled off the back when I hit the green. It was still the proper club, but I could have hit it just a bit easier to be successful.
The proper ball flight for this shot is a baby draw. Aiming at the right edge of the green, a draw would move my ball back to the center of the green. This position is perfect because the green is very small. To add some anxiety to the shot, the trees left of the green are about 15 yards away and it is marked out of bounds. Hitting a draw is a good shot, but if I overcook it, hitting OB is a real concern.
You can see from the picture above that we can see half the green. For my game, that is my aim point. If I hit the ball straight, then I am putting. If I have a baby draw, I am putting. Anything else I am either chipping or teeing up again. The bail out area for this tee shot is right, so aiming at the right edge of the green is the safe play.
The second hole at Mattawa Golf and Ski Resort is fun. It is very challenging because we have to hit to distance. In my case, when I do not hit the green, I am just short. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but who wants to be chipping for birdie on a par 3……right? Lastly, as the course dries out over the summer, hitting the ball left of the green almost guarantees our ball bouncing out of bounds. Now I have to figure out the safe play with enough aggressiveness to hit the green. It should be fun!
What club do you think you would hit on this challenging par 3
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!