Sunny Wood — Hole #13: Par 5

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This par 5 offers multiple shortcut options!  If you’re back and left, you’ll notice a landing area just over the lake that’s about 200 yards from the hole.  The problem is that you won’t be able to take dead aim at this spot.  Instead, you’ll have to hit an A1 around some trees and over the lake, and then it’s hard to get the ball to stop, especially if you may need to skip across the water.  The ideal spot on this patch is as far back as you can get, because a 5-wood will clear the trees from the back.  If you’re too far up, you’ll have to do your best to punch a shot through the trees instead.  Another time to consider this landing area is from the front tee box with a wind in your face, so you’ll play a C3-type shot with backspin and curve into the landing spot that way.  This gives you a much better chance to stay far back enough to pop the 5-wood over the trees.

Most of the time, you’ll want to play a big A1 with roll across the lake straight ahead.  The farther down the fairway you get, the better, because that’s where the gaps in the trees open up!  If you don’t get very far down the fairway over the water, you can take a low-lofted club and hit a 1/2 to 3/4 shot under the trees to the green.  If you do get really far down and really close to the trees, you might find yourself in a spot where you actually have a clear 7-iron under the trees into the green!  It’s a fun hole that can reward you with an eagle putt if you can work a shot through the trees on your approach!


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