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Brian_Ewen

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‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« on: July 22, 2022, 12:09:25 PM »

‘How the f— do you play this?’ Why this brutal par-3 torments even the pros
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cary lichtenstein

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2022, 03:11:36 PM »
Aim way right as the ball will go left. I had this shot early on my first trip to Ireland, with a right to left 40 mile an hour wind. I thought I aimed and hit it perfect, at the top of the balls flight, the wind took the ball and dumped it in the ocean. Never hit a 60 degree shot light that in a severe wind again
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Jerry Kluger

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2022, 10:05:53 PM »
Am I wrong or is Anstruther in Scotland and home of what is supposed to be the best fish and chips in Scotland? The course is a nine holer with crossing par 3s which is unique and made it worth playing but the food is the best part of the town.

Brian_Ewen

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2022, 02:15:02 AM »

Am I wrong or is Anstruther in Scotland and home of what is supposed to be the best fish and chips in Scotland? The course is a nine holer with crossing par 3s which is unique and made it worth playing but the food is the best part of the town.

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Mark Pearce

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2022, 05:00:25 PM »
Aim way right as the ball will go left. I had this shot early on my first trip to Ireland, with a right to left 40 mile an hour wind. I thought I aimed and hit it perfect, at the top of the balls flight, the wind took the ball and dumped it in the ocean. Never hit a 60 degree shot light that in a severe wind again
Anstruther's 5th is way, way right from anywhere in Ireland.
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Sean_A

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2022, 11:28:02 PM »
Aim way right as the ball will go left. I had this shot early on my first trip to Ireland, with a right to left 40 mile an hour wind. I thought I aimed and hit it perfect, at the top of the balls flight, the wind took the ball and dumped it in the ocean. Never hit a 60 degree shot light that in a severe wind again
Anstruther's 5th is way, way right from anywhere in Ireland.

And it would take three well struck 60 wedge shots to reach the green. This is one of the most vicious holes I have ever played.

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Thomas Dai

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2022, 03:53:57 AM »
Once upon a time even on tee shots players used to work the ball into slopes and/or into the wind with the objective of the ball holding its line and/or landing softly.
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Sean_A

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2022, 05:56:59 AM »
Once upon a time even on tee shots players used to work the ball into slopes and/or into the wind with the objective of the ball holding its line and/or landing softly.
Atb


Yes, well, this hole is different 😎.

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Mark Pearce

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2022, 04:33:35 PM »
Once upon a time even on tee shots players used to work the ball into slopes and/or into the wind with the objective of the ball holding its line and/or landing softly.
Atb


Yes, well, this hole is different 😎.

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Indeed.  I cannot believe anyone, not even plus handicappers, plays this as a par 3 in competition.  Iron, wedge and hope to 2 putt/get up and down.  A 4 beats 90% of the field.
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Sean_A

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2022, 05:00:43 PM »
Once upon a time even on tee shots players used to work the ball into slopes and/or into the wind with the objective of the ball holding its line and/or landing softly.
Atb


Yes, well, this hole is different .

Ciao
Indeed.  I cannot believe anyone, not even plus handicappers, plays this as a par 3 in competition.  Iron, wedge and hope to 2 putt/get up and down.  A 4 beats 90% of the field.

Even as a par 4 I reckon its difficult. The 5th is a WTF hole in the very best way it can be.

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« Last Edit: July 30, 2022, 05:08:13 PM by Sean_A »
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Emil Weber

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2022, 10:13:19 AM »
Played it on my most recent trip and had exactly the same thought. In really firm conditions, even a layup with a fade is hardly an option, because balls will bounce left towards the rocks. I tried to hit a soft cut with the driver for fun, pushed it out right and was extremely lucky to end up on a mown patch that leads from near the 4th tee to the 5th green. A lob and two putts saw me walk away with a lucky 4, but that could have easily turned into 17 aswell. 6 and 7 can also easily wreck a card. I'd be so scared if I had to play those holes twice in competition...

Sean_A

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2022, 04:33:47 AM »
Do folks think touring pros would take this shot on or lay up?

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Emil Weber

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Re: ‘How the f— do you play this?’ - Anstruther's 5th
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2022, 06:40:45 AM »
Do folks think touring pros would take this shot on or lay up?

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My guess would be no, they would (intentionally) bail out right near the 4th tee and then rely on their precision with the steeply downhill, potentially blind pitch/lob and take their 1 or 2 putts.

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