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I can't remember hole numbers, is that the one where there's a huge embankment on the left side of the fairway? If you try to play too far left you can go down there like 6-8 feet below the fairway? Or is that another hole?
Number 2 has the drop-off along the left side of the fairway - been down there dozens of times.The tree really only comes into play from the members tees, requiring a nice draw to get to the middle of the fairway. From the back tees the longer hitters simply go over the tree, leaving anywhere from 100 to 50 yards in. I volunteered at the US Open Qualifying at Holston a couple of weeks ago and never saw the tree come into play once.
Jason,Thanks for the quick summation. Our club just sent out the annual RSVP for the interclub with Holston. It's down there this year and I'm extremely excited to finally make the trip.
1. The options you have from the tee box
It occurs to me that there is no universal "right place to be" off the tee on either hole. A weaker player with a low ballflight would likely favor the left side on both holes, as he'd have less reason to worry about the fronting bunkers from there and could try to get up and down from in front if his ball funneled off the green due to its slope being difficult to hold from that angle. For a player who hits the ball a little higher, the right side seemed advantageous to me as most strong players won't have much issue clearing the fronting bunkers and the approach angle looks downright inviting from that side on each hole.
Your blunt opinion makes me wonder...do we just get used to an otherwise aberration, and a few plays later find ourselves defending it?