Getting on the green

Blogging about some of the world's best golf holes.

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Hole # 16, DeBell GC, Burbank, CA

Hole # 16, par 4, Blue tees, 290 yards

I love holes like this, downhill and reachable in two. Hole # 16 on DeBell Golf Club in Burbank is an easy hole if you are a straight hitter. At 290 yards, the long hitters will shoot for the green and hope to get close to the green. A chip in would mean eagle and a miss, would be an opportunity for birdie. For the rest of us, it is a short par 4 to get on the green in two.

If you checked the website before coming out to DeBell to play, hole # 16 looks easy. But out here in person, it’s a different looking course. First of, the website doesn’t give you any sense of height. When standing on the tee box on #16, you look down to the fairway. The line of trees on the right scares me because I can easily slice my ball there. Overall, it is a narrow golf course and you really need to play smart here unless you’re ready to lose lots of balls.

When it was my turn, I chose to hit a 3-wood. With a 3-wood, I managed to hit it with a lower trajectory than with my driver. At least I was in the fairway and not in the trees as my playing partners. My second shot was going to be easy. With just 70 yards, I chose my SW to land it softly. Putting for birdie was nice but sinking it was even better.

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Hole # 6, DeBell Golf Course, Burbank, CA

Hole # 6, par 3, Blue tees, 125 yards

Just when you think your game is right on, you come to the short par 3 at DeBell Golf Course in Burbank, CA. If you haven’t played here before, you have to. It has some characters of a bigger course because of the size of trees but it’s tight on land because land in California is expensive and the course is backed up into a mountain.

Hole # 6 is short but with swirling winds down below, it plays like 140 yards sometimes. To make things worst, the green is not straight ahead. Instead it jogs a little left. Sometimes, the pin is so far back on the green that the tree to your left comes into play by blocking your tee shot. A player who can draw in their balls have a perfect shot to the green but it has to stop on a dime, otherwise it can roll into any one of the three bunkers.

From the blue tees, I am always tempted to hit my 9-iron. However it is downhill so I would go down a club to a PW. However, the green is a long way down so maybe hit a three quarter with a 9-iron. With all that doubt swirling in my head, I mishit and my ball dribbles down to the bottom of the hill. I’m left with a pitch shot to the green. Finally after two horrible shots, I’m putting for par. I’ll end up with a double bogey.

Have you played here recently? If so, please tell me how you did by adding a comment. If you haven’t played here, mark your calendars for May 12th, 2012. Between 9:00am and 2:00pm, the 2nd Annual Super Demo Day will feature all the new clubs from TaylorMade, Callaway, Ping, Cleveland, Nike and Titleist. Maybe we’ll see you there!