Some wild putts on that 5th hole.
A hole that I really enjoy at SH is number 8. I really like the way that the downhill fairway keeps falling away from the approach area for the putting green, both of which are benched into the hillside.
Lot of fun to be had up there.
Hi Jim. I learned how to post photographs a couple of days ago so I’m going to be putting more SH photographs here I have some pretty good ones of #8
I think I mentioned that SH was one of the courses we played in high school tournaments. The others being Stamford, Windham, Margaretville (was Hidden Waters but is now the Hannah Resort) and Colonial in Tannersville (my home course).
SH #8 always beat me up. You really have to hit the ball in front of the green and let it bounce in. If you try to go for the pin you will go over or to the side and usually the grass was not cut on that hill which resulted in a lost ball.
The odd truth about #5 green is that it’s not hard to putt. It’s actually easy. For starters, that front position is not pinnable. That means the pin is always in the back of the green as seen in the 2 pictures.
The reason those photos are different colors is the one from the side was taken in July 2020 and I took the one from the front when I played there two weeks ago. My last round before 2020 was June 1981 - the HS league championship was there.
So when I played in July 2020 I missed the green to the left and I quizzically looked at how to play the ball. And then I suddenly remembered from my round 39 years earlier that all you have to do is get the ball on the green — literally every chip runs to the hole — it doesn’t matter where you hit it (within reason). And when I say it rolls to the hole it goes to within 2 feet every time so it’s a tap in par.
I wish I could describe the feeling of joy I had when I remembered how to play a shot from 39 years ago. It’s not something that I do very often (remember that far back) but that shot on #5 was very distinctive the way it rolls around in that potato chip and snuggles next to the cup