Hole 13 - Azalea


PAR 5 - 510 YARDS

You used to be able to get away with a 3-wood off the tee, but now, more often than not, it’s a driver.

You have to play a 10-yard draw at least, but it’s the second that’s tough as the ball is above your feet. You have about a 4-iron and it’s easy to tug left, so some guys hold on to it too long and push it right into the hazard.

Also you’d swear blind it was flat, or even a bit downhill, but experience tells you this is five yards uphill which is why some come up short. A tricky green has a big shelf back left.

Because the carry to the right is 12 to 18 yards further, you’re aiming for the left half.

Robert Garrigus – "An absolutely wonderful hole. I’m a long hitter so if I want to, or really need to, I could just blow my drive right over the trees on the left and leave an 8,9 iron into the green. But there is a risk in that approach. A safer option is to hit a club you can draw around the corner and make sure you miss Rae’s Creek. The approach should be made straight at the middle of the green. From there you can either putt straight uphill to a pin on the left side of the green, or ease something downhill to the right and hope it funnels towards the hole."

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