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FWGR: Do the trees work?
On this hole, I think they do.
From the tee
There are two viable lines to choose from. The highly unlikely third line is a perfect angle in from left of the left tree. There is more room out there than looks from the above pic, but OOB is close by and this avenue is far narrower than any other. Those playing from over there have likely toe-hooked it!
The obvious middle line asks players to either take on the trees with accuracy, or to play a shorter club closer to the line of the left tree than the right. In doing this, the left tree can be all or partially in the line without affecting a normal shot, which would be played well over it. If the longer club is chosen, the risk of being close to either tree and having it affect the next shot is apparent (much like how the tree plays at Harbour Town #16).
The third line not obvious from the photos is right of the right tree. The very light rough is very wide and accommodating, and indeed I’ve seen as many play from right of the right side tree as I have left of it (partially through miscue as much as design, though not entirely). The lie is reasonable but not as good as from the fairway, and the angle at the green is poor.
Looking from the start of the landing zone along the
conventional middle line off the tee
A closer look from further along the drive line at the two
tiered green and surrounds that faces the golfer from the middle
The green is a diabolical little one, which serves this medium-short length par four well. Any shot not struck into a good position will encounter a difficult remaining passage, as the green complex doesn’t offer much to any player without a clear shot from a relatively central or left of central angle. The firmness of the green and pinched narrowness of the front half of it make judgement and execution requirements beyond most players from any considerable angle. The tier accentuates this by being on an unhelpful line of play, leaving only the back half of the green with enough width for a slightly more forgiving receptiveness. Even so, the camber down from the back to front of this green makes putting treacherous from well above the hole.
In a way. I have described the hole above as almost being unfair to the average golfer or anyone not on a specific line, who still is in need of hitting the green in regulation. But in reality, players of all abilities are hitting this green in two from time to time. It is just that some of them are not as aware as others about why they often aren’t on in two, because the hole’s tests I’ve listed are insidious and clip the player over the ear without them being given a big wake up call. Which I think is a clever way of maintaining a hold on the more regular player.