The first three of the four par 5 holes at Bowling Green provide some of the best opportunities to help lower your score. Even though the yardages may seem like they’ll be easy birdies, the facts are different. However, playing the proper angles and learning the Local Knowledge of the holes will give you the best chance to put circles on your scorecard.
Hole 4 – Par 5 Hdcp: M(5)/W(1)
How can there be a threat of big numbers when the scorecard says it is the shortest Par 5 on the course? How do you avoid the trouble that is everywhere on each shot?
Answer: Play the hole as three par threes
Second, locate a sprinkler head and subtract 100. Play your second shot to that yardage (the widest part of the fairway).
Then for your third shot from the 100y marker, mentally add 3-5y for the elevated green. Birdie is still in front of you and the big numbers will be a thing of the past.
What do you do. . .
… if your less than ideal tee shot on the Par 5, Fourth Hole forces you to lay-up short of the river, leaving you with 215y to a raised green with a large bunker in front? or
… if you hit a great tee shot up the left side leaving a shorter second? If you can hit a high cut that will land softly and not bounce out of bounds over the green-go for it. If not. . Answer: Play to the fairway, short and right of the green.
While it’s obstructed from view standing with a hybrid or fairway wood in your hand, beyond the mound and rough up the right side is a large hidden portion of fairway. And, it provides a relatively easy pitch uphill to all sections of the green providing a great chance at par or birdie!
Give it a try, and leave the snowmen for winter!
The last hole of the front nine at Bowling Green is a short Par 5 dogleg right. A 240 yard tee shot favoring the left side of the fairway provides a clear look at the hole. The second shot can be played with a mid-iron to your favorite wedge distance.
Hole 9 – Par 5 Hdcp: M(11)/W(9)
A more aggressive drive of 250 yards that turns slightly to the right will reach the swale and provide a clear look at the green. A well struck 230 yard second shot to a raised green designed for a wedge approach can leave a look at eagle.
While reachable for the long hitters, a layup to the left side of the fairway on the second shot will leave the best angle into “an unusual shaped green designed to accept a short shot.”
If the hole location is in the back right portion of the green, be aware. The flag will look like it is off the green from the fairway and is protected by a gaping bunker and mound. It is the definition of a ‘sucker pin.’ The approach shot is difficult at best if not impossible.
Hole 14 – Par 5 Hdcp: M(12)/W(12)
Hole 18 – Par 5 Hdcp: M(2)/W(2)
The 18th hole at Bowling Green is a classic 3 shot, 611 yard par five, where a par is very good score and is a great finish to your round.
Even with this inside information, pars on the 18th hole are cherished.