Getting on the green

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


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Hole # 3, SilverRock Resort, La Quinta, CA

Hole # 3, par 3, 176 yards

The Humana Challenge (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic) just wrapped up on Sunday after Brian Gay beat Charles Howell III on the second playoff hole. Just around the corner from Arnold Palmer’s Private course is the SilverRock Resort which was used to host the Bob Hope Classic from 2008 to 2011.

After a long par 5 on the second, hole # 3 is a short par 3. From the blue and white tee boxes, the yardage may vary but today, it is playing 160 yards. I chose a 7-iron after my playing partner, Ryan shot it over the green and cart path. His father John would hit a perfect tee shot to the green. When it was my turn, I tried to ignore the big desert wasteland on the right. I have been in the wasteland before and I can tell you, it’s no fun getting out from there.

I took my club back slowly and hit down on it. Unfortunately, I hit it fat and my ball darted left. I would have a difficult chip to make. Everyone was on the green except me. The pressure was on. I chipped the ball and it landed on the apron before dribbling on to the green. I would two putt for a bogey. John walked away with a par and Ryan came up short for his par.


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Hole # 18, Poipu Bay Golf Course, Poipu, HI

Hole # 18, par 5, White tees, 550 yards

DSCN5591From the tee box, this finishing hole may not look very intimidating. But wait until you drive up to your second shot. Hole # 18 on the Poipu Bay Golf Course in the south part of Kauai is a beautiful hole to finish on.

Most days in Poipu starts off sunny so if you happen to play this course dry then you are lucky. The locals will tell you that Poipu is the sunniest location on Kauai.

Your second shot should be a lay up avoiding the lake on your left and sand bunkers to your right. Try to position yourself about 100 yards in so that you have a short wedge to get on the green. This would give you the best opportunity for a birdie putt.

Enjoy the drive into the 18th green. Be sure to wave to your left as patrons in the restaurant are watching your approach. Don’t get nervous, tip your hat or wave like Tiger Woods or Vijay Singh when they played here at the Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 to 2006.