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#31 GPJ_Longdriver

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 09:55 PM

Looking forward to the individual hole reviews Smergs. A nice touch that ...... doing one a day. So does that also apply to "weekends" ? (or are you having them off and just putting out five a week)

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:53 PM

Probably putting them out during weekdays mate, procrastination and all that.... Stay tuned... finishing touches to the second now...

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:20 PM

2nd Hole

Distance: 491m (Whites), 518m (Blacks) Index: 14 No mucking around here, straight into the first of the par 5s. And to be honest, probably the easiest. This is a good chance for the higher markers to play safe and smart and jag 3pts. Tee shot plays blind over the crest of the hill, and for the uninitiated, target line is largely undefined. However, it is pretty much dead straight. The fairway bunker shown in the picture above is no longer there (or at least I didn’t see it) so not much trouble to be had. Pines on the right if you get a little wayward and OOB does creep in with one of the “Tuscan Villas” surprisingly in the firing line for wayward drives. But overall it’s quite open off the tee and you should comfortably grab your Big Dog and unleash it on the Valley. The RH's with the ability to draw (fade LHs) could get some epic distance if wind and dry conditions are favourable. Cresting the hill you’ll find a straightforward hole, downhill with not much tree danger. Your second shot is where the money is to be made on this hole if you ask me. Fairway bunkers are in landing zones for most golfers, and course management plans. If you are a big bomber, I believe this green is reachable in two, but you’ll need to be confident to clear the fairway bunkers. Also, there isn’t much room to “run a shot up” with your second so if the flag is left behind the bunker, there’s not much to be gained. For the rest of the field, negotiating the bunkers will be the order of the day. You’ll want to stay as right as possible to give as much green to work with, but not flirt with the beach. Pick the landing zone that gives you your ‘go to club’ into the green and take it. Having said that, from memory, the bunkers weren’t too deep and finding them won’t rule out making the green from there. Just a sh!tload harder than the fairway… The green slopes back to front, and other than a bunker front left, isn’t too fierce. Leave yourself an uphill putt and you won’t go too wrong. All in all, a solid hole that will test out your longer clubs. For those off the first, this should be played within themselves to make sure 2pts are obtained. For those off the back, this represents a great reprieve and a chance to attack after holes 13-1 have left you drained. Big hitting high markers could tear this hole apart. Smerg’s Tip: The second shot is critical here. Make your decision as to where you want to land, considering what you’ll want to hit for your third.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 07:29 AM

whats the gradient like smergs...downhill lie on second shot?

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 07:47 AM

whats the gradient like smergs…downhill lie on second shot?

we can stay here and get the **** kicked out of us
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we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time.
Mildly, your more likely going to be worried about it being above your feet if you don't clear the crest by much. Nothing a Beacy boy should be worried about...

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:56 PM

3rd Hole

Distance: 388m Index: 11 Probably one of the least inspiring holes on the course, as to be honest, it doesn’t have too many redeeming features. When you look back at the course and the wonderful holes you’ll play, it’d be a safe money bet this isn’t one of them. That’s not to say it’s bad, just really quite boring. Off the tee there isn’t too much danger, maybe if you spray it well right and into the hazard. There is a tree on the right that can hamper approach shots as DeepPractice found out. In the end, there’s not too much damage left off the tee, so play it safe and keep left. By keeping left you’ll also open up a rather tight green which is guarded front left and right by bunkers (again, not too deep though). The length of this approach shot is what gives this hole its mid range difficult I think. It’s not a short hole and I imagine the average punter will be hitting a middle to long iron. Safe play might be to just hit front left, and have the whole green to run the ball close to the flag. Green slopes from back to front primarily so it should hold some shots. Again, keep the ball under the hole if possible. A back pin will make this hole very hard I think, so if it’s tucked back right, play it safe and hit front left and go for 2pts. If it’s front left, then it’s game on baby. During our practice round Stinkler rolled in a birdie here with a great approach shot to a middle pin. Points are on offer for those a little longer off the tee who can attack the pin. For those mid to high range markers, I reckon this is a good opportunity to attack and try and snag a 3 or 4ptr. Should give up plenty of points. Smerg’s Tip: Go hard at this one. Not too much danger compared to other holes you’ll need to be safe with.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:08 PM

whats the gradient like smergs…downhill lie on second shot?

we can stay here and get the **** kicked out of us
or
we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time.

Mildly, your more likely going to be worried about it being above your feet if you don’t clear the crest by much. Nothing a Beacy boy should be worried about…

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With your distance Dave, you should be over the hill nicely ...... so aim out mid to right fairway off the tee, as it slopes downward and to the left once over the hill .... (to get yourself a tad more run). Then a nice drawing 3 wood for your 2nd shot (use the ball slightly above your feet for this) ....... aimed just right of the green should see you in an ideal short chipping position for your 3rd, (and also take the left hand bunker out of play) ........ unless you smack both tee and 2nd shots ... in which case you'll be close to getting on in two. As Smergs said though ..... nothing a Beacy boy should be worried about.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:15 PM

"Probably one of the least inspiring holes on the course, as to be honest, it doesn’t have too many redeeming features. When you look back at the course and the wonderful holes you’ll play, it’d be a safe money bet this isn’t one of them. That’s not to say it’s bad, just really quite boring." Geez, I can't remember this one at all Smergs (the 3rd) ........ so your course review to date is blindingly accurate. Any of my playing group from Saturday happen to remember how I did on this one?

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:23 PM

You drowned. Not the ball. You.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:48 PM

Glad I got the review for #3 right then Gaz. I look back on the course and only the 16th came close to it for it's lack of ambition. But at least it's a long Par 3 so it's got something going for it. The 3rd is "The Hole the Designers Forgot". Most courses have them. For WV it was tough to pick one, but the 12th got it for me. At the Marsh it'd be the 18th.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:34 PM

I would have picked the 4th for WV Smergs ......... but you'd probably have to change the tile to ............ "The Hole the Designers F#%&ed Up".

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:36 PM

Where's the 4th hole Review Smergs ........ sleeping in today are you???? You know we need our daily fix ...........

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:16 PM

Lunchtime my funny pantsed friend... somewhere between 12 and 1.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:20 PM

You're like a dope dealer Smergs .... get em hooked and then string em out!!

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:46 AM

Lunchtime my funny pantsed friend… somewhere between 12 and 1.

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