Gold Course, Hole 9
495 yard par 5. This relatively short par five places a premium on accuracy and shot placement of over distance. The view from the elevated tee is intimidating with a stand of tall trees guarding the left and a tree line, which is out-of-bounds, on the right. The left tree line gives way to a broad landing area which slopes sharply from right to left. The long narrow green is well defended with mature spruce trees on the left, ponds in front and a bunker on the right.
Tips from the Pro
The view from the tee looks intimidating, but if you fly your drive beyond the end the tree line on the left you should land safely. For best results, target your drive as far left on the sloped landing area as the left tree line allows – the fairway is flatter to the left and your ball will roll farther. The ability to play a draw is a big advantage here. Target your second shot to land on the flatter area immediately in the front of the pond. This part of the fairway slopes toward the pond – long shots will be wet, so club carefully. It is possible to play around the pond to the left, but this will leave you with a tricky downhill pitch to a green that is quite shallow from this direction and slopes away from your lie. This green tends to be a little quicker than others at Lacoma, but has less break.