Tips for Playing
TIPS ON PLAYING WEST PALM BEACH GOLF COURSE by Head Golf Professional Judy Dickinson
West Palm Beach is a unique waterless facility with waste sugar sand areas. When you encounter these areas, the smart shot is to get the ball back in play rather than try for that ‘career shot.’ – Most holes have deceptive elevations – so take extra club.
Here are a few other tips to help you enjoy your day at one of the great golf courses in South Florida:
Hole # 1- A good opening par 4 that requires a tee shot just left of the fairway bunker.
Hole # 4- A challenging par 4 with a green that is sloped from front to back. When downwind it’s easy to end up long.
Hole # 5- A short par 4 that entices the longer hitters to go for the green. The smart play is to strategically play short of the fairway bunker leaving a full shot to this elevated well bunkered green.
Hole # 6- A good par 4 that can fool you on your approach- the green runs away from you over the left bunker, so take one more club.
Holes # 7, 8, and 9- These holes have very elevated greens. Take at least one more club!
Hole #10- This par five offers a great chance for a birdie with a well positioned tee shot just left of the right fairway bunker. If you can’t reach the green, the smart play is to lay up short of the right trap which then leaves you a nice short iron into the green.
Hole #11- This hole is deceptively elevated and guarded by front traps. It often plays into the wind so again use a little extra club to avoid landing in those front bunkers.
Hole # 12- A moderate length par 5 with a tight landing area between two fairway bunkers. Instead of bringing the bunkers into play, lay up short of the fairway bunkers, then hit your approach shot to a short pitch to the green. If you can carry those pesky fairway bunkers, your have a great chance of hitting the green in two a possible eagle or easy birdie!
Hole # 14- A tough hole again to hit enough club into. It’s elevated and a little extra club will give you a great chance at birdie.
Hole #15- One of the more challenging holes on the back nine. Down wind the left bunkers can be flown by longer hitters, otherwise the tee shot is just right of the left fairway bunkers. This leaves a mid to long iron into the green. A little long on this approach shot isn’t a bad play to get up and down for par.
Hole # 17- The short dog leg left par 4. Watch out driving it too far down the right hand side. The fairway drops off and you will end up in the sand. Play left and position your shot and you will still have a short iron in. This hole often plays into the wind so take a little more club.
Hole # 18- A relatively open tee shot with a well position second shot will leave you with a short iron into the green, This elevated green will once again fool you so hit a little extra club.