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Hole #10

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Blue Course, Hole 10

420 yard par 4. A long, slight dogleg right bordered by trees on both sides and sand on the right. The tee shot landing area is on top of a ridge that is elevated relative to the tee. The green – the second half of the double green shared with number six – is narrow and deep and protected on the right by a bunker.

Tips from the Pro
Unless you get your drive over the crest of the landing area ridge, you will face a blind shot to the green. Beware of the right fairway bunker, as it is hidden from the tee by the ridge line. Once you get up the hill, the hole flattens out, with a good view of the green. The approach to the green is slightly downhill to a narrow, tricky green. The green is domed, so non-centered pin placements can easily result in a downhill putt.

 

Hole #11

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Blue Course, Hole 11

414 yard par 4. Considered by many to be Lacoma’s finest hole, eleven is a sharp dogleg right, with trees to the right from tee to green and long grass and steep banks on the left. The second leg of the fairway – the tee shot landing area – is on low ground between two ridges. The narrow, deep green is elevated from the fairway and protected by a deep bunker on the right and a small bunker in back.

Tips from the Pro
The narrow nature of the landing area makes the tee shot on # 11 very important. Being long or short of the landing area will result in a poor angle to the well-protected green. Playing your drive over the trees on the right will shorten the hole considerably; however, if you fail to carry your drive to the fairway, the trees will put you in jail with no shot at the green. Shooting for the fairway flag – which marks the apex of the dogleg – is the safer play but will leave you with a long, tight second shot. The bunker on the right is extremely deep – you won’t be able to see the pin from the bottom. Another approach option is play your second shot off the bank left of the green. If you ball hangs on the bank, however, you will have a tricky, downhill up and down for par.

Hole #12

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Blue Course, Hole 12

200 yard par 3. A long par three to a large green, number 12 is protected by a very large bunker on the left – the bunker resembles a Mickey Mouse head. The green is elevated relative to the green, but not enough to change club selection. The green is sheltered by a small ridge on the right and a steep bank in the rear.

Tips from the Pro
This hole places a premium on playing a straight, long iron shot. A miss to the left will almost certainly result in a shot from the giant bunker. A miss to the right is even worse, as it will result in difficult pitch over the ridge which guards the right side of the green. The green slopes toward the fairway, so being short is generally better than being long.

Hole #13

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Blue Course, Hole 13

373 yard par 4. The beginning of a stretch of four holes that are carved out of the surrounding woods, number 13 is a short, tight dogleg right with densely packed trees on both sides. A left fairway bunker marks the apex of the dogleg. A railroad-tie lined bunker and a large oak tree protects the front of the steeply elevated green. The green is small and relatively flat with a pronounced bank on the right.

Tips from the Pro.
Unless you are a short hitter, put away your driver on this hole. Your target off the tee is the crest of the hill about twenty yards beyond the 150-yard marker. The window for an approach with a good look at the green is narrow. If your drive is short of the 150-yard marker, the trees on the left side of the fairway come into play. If your ball rolls to the bottom of the hill, you will face an extremely intimidating shot over a large oak tree to the elevated green. Many a golfer has failed to carry that tree with their approach and watched their ball carom into the front bunker, from the bottom of which, this pin is not visible. If your drive carries too far to avoid the tree, a viable second shot strategy is play your approach off the bank to the right of the green. The green slopes a little more to the left than it appears.

Hole #14

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Blue Course, Hole 14

377 yard par 4. Another tight, forest lined par 4. The forest is tightest near the front of the tee shoot landing area and the green. The widest spot on the fairway is the center-left of the landing area. The green is relatively small and flat and is bordered by banks on the left and in back.

Tips from the Pro.
Number 14 is the course’s second straight hole where the best location for your driver is in your bag. For best results off the tee, play a fairway wood or long iron to left side of the wide part of the landing area. Drives played to the right side of the fairway risk being beneath the boughs of the tall trees that line the fairway, forcing a long bump-and-run shot. The green is flat by Lacoma’s standards – a definite birdie hole if you keep it out of the trees.

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