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Hole # 10, Greywolf GC, Panorama, BC

Hole # 10, par 5, Blue tees, 535 yards

Ahhh, playing Greywolf in the morning is really something else. You know you’re in the middle of the Rockies when you drive up to Panorama for the first time. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Greywolf is a golf resort that you will never forget.

Hole # 10 is a long par 5 with a hillside on your right. Its a gradual slope but treat it with care. Hitting your ball up there is trouble so it’s better to stay left if you can. A long drive would be best if you can muster it. This is one of those holes that you can’t reach in two so take your time and make every shot count. There are two bunkers on the left side. The first one is reachable on your second shot and the third guards the green.

I used a combination of driver, 4-Hybrid, 7-iron to get to the green. My two friends, Chris and James took four strokes to get on. James had the most trouble, slicing his ball to the incline on the right then taking relief. His third shot found the bunker. Blasting out in four, he took two more shots to get to the green. James had a rough time. Chris hit a beautiful 5-iron to the green, bounced front of the green then rolled on. He followed up with a long straight putt right into the hole.

 


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Hole #1, Burnaby Mtn Golf Course, Vancouver, BC

Hole # 1, par 5, White tees, 452 yards

Getting up early is not enough when you arrive at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course and find half of Vancouver already on the course. Doesn’t anyone work in this town? Apparently not. Burnaby Mountain Golf Course is situated in Burnaby, BC just 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

Arriving at the course, I decided to get a cup of coffee before putting a few balls to get used to the speed of the green. My playing partners, Frank and Al meets me at the tee box, ready for a round of golf that took 30 years in the making. Al wins the draw and tees off first. Like always, Mr. Consistent drives it up the middle of a long par 5, lined with large trees that reaches the sky. I’m next and I manage to drive it past Al and into the middle of the fairway as well. Frank is next and he pulls it left into the towering trees.

‘Jail’ screams Frank as he punches his ball out to the fairway. Al duffs his hybrid and the ball trickles by me. I take out my 5-wood and sky it 150 yards. “That’s no way to start” grimaces Al as he walks by. Frank takes out his 6-iron and hits a nice shot. He earns the first GIR. Al takes another crack at it and he ends up right of the green. I had about 140 yards to the green so I decided to hit a strong 9-iron but lost it right. I end up chipping onto the green on 4.

Frank misses his putt and ends up with a bogey. Al chips on and the ball scoots on by the hole. I came up short on my putt but left myself an easy tap in for a bogey. Al finally gets it in for a triple bogey.

Have you played here lately? If so, please add your comments on how you played this hole.