Golf Tips From the 18th Hole: Golf at Las Colinas
In the second in our series of favourite signature holes, a Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas golf expert shares what you need to know about this par-4 hole.
Signature Hole: 18, par 4
Why it is unique: Much of the drama comes from 18’s history. As the final hole of the PGA Tour’s annual HP Byron Nelson Championship, it is instantly recognisable to television golf fans, and it has seen as much drama as any hole in golf, like a dramatic 2008 playoff victory for Adam Scott and this year’s breakthrough first tour win by rookie superstar and PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley. The hole was redesigned as part of a course overhaul that debuted in 2008 and stretches from 304 yards for women to 429 yards from the back tees. It is the toughest driving hole on a challenging course. The 18th hole doglegs from right to left around a lake with a narrow fairway, and to have a good shot at reaching in regulation, golfers must hit a very particular spot on the right side of the fairway. Many give up trying to reach the green and settle for scrambling for a par.
Tip: “It is such a tough driving hole,” says Paul Earnest, Four Seasons director of golf. “The predominant wind is left to right, and you want to be on the right, so you need to hit it down the right-hand rough line with a bit of draw. Hook it and it’s in the water, fade it and it’s in the trees—if you don’t reach the correct spot, lay up and take your medicine. Aggressive approach shots find the water. If you do get to the landing area, no matter where the pin is, play at the middle, you will have decent putt to any spot. The toughest pin is short, so take an extra club on approach, because you are always better off long.”
Don’t be distracted by: Onlookers—this is a “stadium” course. That is, it has a Tournament Players Club layout specifically designed for spectator viewing, and 18 has a perennial gallery of golfers and clubhouse gawkers.
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