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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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