Hole # 9, Sky Course, par 4, Silver tees, 420 yards
With two courses to choose from, Lost Canyons GC in Simi Valley, CA is a true test for the low handicapper. For me, it’s just a humble reminder that I’m not as good of a golfer than I think. In my opinion, the Sky Course is more fair than the Shadow Course. If you like blind shots then go play the Shadow. Otherwise, if you want to play a decent game then stick with the Sky.
Hole # 9 is called the Sky Lake hole. Why? When you drive up to the hole, you can see why. A large lake spans across from tee box to landing area. It’s up to you how much of the lake you want to carry your ball. I like to aim my ball so that I’m left with 150 yards for my second shot. Big hitters can probably go for more but make sure you hit it hard.
I like my TaylorMade Burner Draw driver with a 10.5 degree loft. When I hit it well, I end up in the middle of the fairway – dry. My friend Stan usually hits it short and into the bunker that runs along the lake, right of the fairway.
My second shot is 150 yards right on the mark. The green always looks far away but it can be quite deceiving if you don’t choose the right club. I usually hit a 6-iron and hit it with three quarter power. It flies low and bounces up to the green. I’ve got a GIR and ready for a 2-putt. I finish the front nine with a par.