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Tee to Green or is it Grin?

by | Apr 26, 2021

THE majority of golfers don’t need a second invitation to play the Firethorn course of the Randpark Golf Club. Most of us are desperate to play this championship course.
 
This is alike for professionals, amateurs and social golfers as it is for those who have played it countless times and those who have never set foot on its lush fairways and challenging greens.
 
Although it is difficult to choose any whole over another or one, no one walks out of this track without having a vivid impression and stoic opinions of the Par 5 Number 2. Why you ask when there is the alluring Par 4 Number 7, the dangerously seductive Par 3 Number 17 or the tricky finishing holes Number 9 and 18?
 
Well here’s why. This hole is a paradox. Easy and rewarding if you play it well. Daunting and soul destroying on a bad day. A good tee shot splitting the fairway guarantees most golfers a birdie opportunity. Big hitters and low handicappers almost always reach it for two.
 
The creek running along the right of it cannot be removed from the mind. You want to stay away from it from tee to green. Which means keeping left all the time. Except too much left is wrong, especially for long hitters. The dam behind the green on Number 1 comes into play. And if you find yourself there, you quickly move from a possible birdie to a guaranteed drop or even worse.
 
But the biggest hazard of this hole has to be its tee-box. There is a bush that lies at least 150m in front of the tee before the beginning of the fairway. I have seen many die on that box. Fear and panic visit many as they stand on top of their ball. The results are often dreadful. And no ball that disappears in that jungle is ever retrieved.
This hazard in my view, is precisely what brings us back. To finally conquer it. And if it opens its monstrous mouth and gobbles our balls, we come back to try again. Because once you conquer the tee shot, you have almost conquered this beast.
 
Credit : 15th Club

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