Hole # 5, par 4, 375 yards
Eagles are glorious birds to watch and if you’re playing Inglewood anytime soon, be sure to bring your camera. Off the tee, #5 looks long. At only 375 yards, a good tee shot will leave you a mid iron into the green. It is quite a narrow fairway but there’s plenty of room on the left in case you hook or pull your tee shot.
It’s better to come in to the green from the right. A slight fade would be perfect with about 150 yards to go. I wanted a smooth swing and a moderate flight. The ball launched up and flew 235 yards with a bit of a tail. My ball ended up in the rough but I had a clear view of the green from where I was standing.
From the right side of the fairway, look up and you will see the eagle nest. In it, you might see the babies with mother eagle tending to them. She is a proud mother and an incredible sight to see. If you’re lucky, she’ll leave her nest and fly circles around so that you can see her wide wingspan.
From off the green, I was looking at the pin just 15 feet from the left fringe. I decided to hit a 7-iron. I was lucky to hit the mound and bounce right. With a greens in regulation, I was looking at a birdie putt. I visualized the path and addressed the ball. I rolled it nicely and with the right speed too. In for a 3 count. Birdie.