Hole # 2, par 5, Blue tees, 507 yards
Playing hole # 2 on the Springs course at Elbow Springs GC in Calgary, AB is a treat for the golfer who hits a long straight ball because it’s all risk and reward. For the rest of us, we have to keep it from hooking into the woods on the left and slicing it to the lake on the right. Sand bunkers are placed strategically on the whole right side so that tee shots with a slight fade are safe.
My tee shot was exactly that yesterday when I played Elbow Springs. My playing partner Murray hit a long ball and straight too, so he ended up dab in the middle of the fairway. He was rewarded with a good lie and a good view of the green. I was off the green slightly. Anymore right and I would be digging myself out of the bunker. I felt blessed because it was dry.
With a straight fairway, all I wanted was a solid second shot to get myself a chance for a GIR. Unfortunately, I would duff my second shot with my hybrid. The ball settled on the fairway but 160 yards away. Murray’s drive was somewhere between 230 and 240 yards. He went with his 3-wood and ended up just right of the green. He was easily on the green in regulation after chipping on with his 58-degree Taylormade wedge. I had my troubles with a pulled hook followed by a bad chip. I ended up with a double bogey and Murray was in with a par.