Getting on the green

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


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Hole # 2, Springbank Links, Springbank, AB

Hole # 2, par 4, 357 yards

Hole # 9

Hole # 9

I have heard a lot of people say they would avoid playing Springbank Links because they think the front 9 is gimmicky. I really don’t understand that because I think the front 9 is really tough. To be successful here, you have to leave your ego at the clubhouse and play to your handicap. If you can’t drive the ball consistently straight, let me recommend that you play from the silver tees instead of the blue tees. Otherwise you are going to lose a few balls off the tee and it won’t be any fun for you either.

Hole # 2 at Springbank Links is tame compared to the holes that follow. It plays uphill and is a dogleg left. There are no gulleys or rough to clear. As long as you stay on the fairway, you can get a birdie or par on this hole. Unlike the next seven holes, hole # 2 is going to look easy to you.

Get a good tee shot by staying right and you will have a short iron to the green. I’m first because I managed to par the first hole. I take one good look then I pull the trigger. My tee shot ends up right and down from the hill. I have just a little more than 130 yards to the green. It’s a bit of a blind shot to the green because it’s uphill and you can’t really see the green from below. I hit a high shot with a 9-iron and it lands on the front edge of the green. It’s a two tier green and I’m on the lower tier. It’s going to be tricky putt for birdie.

The green is exceptionally fast today and I had to settle for a bogey.


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Hole # 13, McCall Lake GC, Calgary, AB

Hole # 13, par 3, Blue tees, 161 yards

Over the Lake, # 13

Over the Lake, # 13

Mosquitos were out in full force today, especially before the rain. They seem to know that the rain was coming and so they had to feast on us as their last supper. I played with Nelson, a golf addict along with Glen and Bruce. Unfortunately for Bruce, he was under the weather with laryngitis.

Nelson was up first and he hit a beautiful shot to the green. It landed on the right fringe just below the hole. Glen was next and hit a beautiful shot to the green as well. It landed just a few feet from Nelson’s ball. It was my turn and I told them that it was going to be hard to follow. I decided to hit my 6-iron. I slid my right hand down a bit as though I was holding a hockey stick. This causes a proper cocking of my wrists and ensures me to whip the club through impact. The ball had a bit of a draw in it as it headed towards the green. Luckily it landed in between Nelson’s and Glen’s ball, making it the closest to pin.

Bruce was up next but the pressure was too much for him to handle. His ball ended up in the long grass by the lake. He hit a beautiful pitch to the green but had to settle for a bogey while the rest of us celebrated a par.