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Hole # 2 – SilverRock Resort, La Quinta, CA

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Hole # 2, par 5, White tees, 502 yards

Something wacky happened on my drive on the first par 5 of the SilverRock Resort golf course. The ball veered right as though I hit it on the toe. If you’ve played the course before, you will remember that this hole parallels the road leading into the golf course from the street. When the ball took off, my playing partners and I were holding our breath, hoping that the ball would stay in play rather than hit an incoming car. It was scary to say the least.

My ball luckily ended up short of the road and the sandy wasteland on the right. I estimated my drive to be around 225 yards. Playing it safe and giving myself a chance to hit the green in three (ie. GIR), I decided to hit an easy 8-iron to the middle of the fairway. I wanted enough loft to clear the longer grass and to guarantee myself an approach shot from the fairway. I chose my 8-iron because it is my second most trusted club in the bag. I think it’s a good idea for every golfer to turn to their favourite club after an errant shot, just to regain some confidence and to get the good shot feeling.

My ball ended up in the fairway leaving me with a 190 yards approach to the green over water. My playing partners all laid up and had nice wedge shots to the green across the pond. I pulled out my Callaway Diablo 4-hybrid, kept my head down and swung the club. The ball took off nice and straight, cleared the lake and landed barely on the green. GIR achieved. Now I was left with a long putt towards the hole. Today I three putted for a bogey, but was happy with it. I saw this as a good recovery from a bad tee shot and managed to bogey the hole.

Have you played SilverRock in La Quinta? If you have, I would love to hear how you played hole # 2. Please add your comments, tips and any ideas for me to improve my chances for a better score. Or if you think I played it well, please “like” this post. (Thanks!)

Author: TonyL

I'm a retired solutions architect from Open Solutions who provides business and technical solutions to Fortune 500 companies.

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