Southern Oaks — Hole #9: Par 4

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Don’t just blindly blast a drive as far as you can here — the better play is to hit something like a 5-wood off the tee, close to the water.  This gives you another lofted 5-wood to work with on the approach, where you can float it over the trees instead of having to curve it around them  — here’s an example. A 7-wood also comes in handy for a flop shot over the top.

If you do play a long C3 off the tee, you want to clear as many of the trees blocking your approach as possible.  You’ll have anywhere from a straight shot to an A1-type shot on your approach, depending on how well-off your tee shot leaves you.  Here’s a hole-out from 170 yards, but the pin saved it from the water!

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