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Hole # 4, Lost Canyons GC, Simi Valley, CA

Hole # 4, par 3, Silver tees, 155 yards

Shadow Course - Hole # 4 Silver Tees

Shadow Course – Hole # 4 Silver Tees

When you drive up to hole # 4 on the Shadow Course at Lost Canyons, the sweat begins to form on your eyebrows. Just seeing the amount of rough between tee box and green will make any grown golfer run for the hills (and there’s plenty of hills here at Lost Canyons). People say it’s target golf here on the Shadow Course and hole # 4 is all target.

At 155 yards, this hole isn’t easy. Sometimes my golf GPS reads 165 yards but it stays on the high side. Today it reads 158 yards which to me, is a long ways for a par 3. I like to take my 6-iron and hit a draw. That way, it gets there. I have to start the ball right (towards the rough) then curve it back left. It’s a chancy shot but it’ll have to do.

I’m up and I address the ball. It helps visualizing the shot so I set up, ready to hit it onto the green. My ball travels exactly the way I thought but it comes up a little short of the green. No GIR but it’s over the gully and is a chip away. I get up there and take a big sigh of relief. I chip on and 2-putt in for a bogey. I’m happy with that.

Have you played here lately? If so, please add a comment of how you played.