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Hole # 2, Springbank Links, Springbank, AB

Hole # 2, par 4, 357 yards

Hole # 9

Hole # 9

I have heard a lot of people say they would avoid playing Springbank Links because they think the front 9 is gimmicky. I really don’t understand that because I think the front 9 is really tough. To be successful here, you have to leave your ego at the clubhouse and play to your handicap. If you can’t drive the ball consistently straight, let me recommend that you play from the silver tees instead of the blue tees. Otherwise you are going to lose a few balls off the tee and it won’t be any fun for you either.

Hole # 2 at Springbank Links is tame compared to the holes that follow. It plays uphill and is a dogleg left. There are no gulleys or rough to clear. As long as you stay on the fairway, you can get a birdie or par on this hole. Unlike the next seven holes, hole # 2 is going to look easy to you.

Get a good tee shot by staying right and you will have a short iron to the green. I’m first because I managed to par the first hole. I take one good look then I pull the trigger. My tee shot ends up right and down from the hill. I have just a little more than 130 yards to the green. It’s a bit of a blind shot to the green because it’s uphill and you can’t really see the green from below. I hit a high shot with a 9-iron and it lands on the front edge of the green. It’s a two tier green and I’m on the lower tier. It’s going to be tricky putt for birdie.

The green is exceptionally fast today and I had to settle for a bogey.


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Hole # 12, Springbank Links GC, Springbank, AB

Hole # 12, par 4, Silver tees, 309 yards

Hole # 10 Greens

Hole # 10 Greens

I remembered playing Springbank Links after learning how to play golf for the first time. Starting on the first tee, I drove my ball so left that it went over the fence and across the road. On the second hole, I hooked my tee shot into the forest. On the third hole, I couldn’t carry the rough and lost my tee shot as a result. On the fourth hole, I sliced my tee shot and could not find it in the open field below. By the time I got to the fifth hole, I was out of balls.

Today I returned to Springbank with a vengeance. I’m glad to tell you that I had plenty of balls by the fifth hole. By the time I reached hole # 12, I had lost only 2 balls. Hole # 12 is a short dogleg right. From the silver tee box, you can see the whole layout of the fairway and the green. Big hitters will try to take the shortcut from tee to green and if they come up short, a big sand bunker usually catches those balls. I chose to stay in the fairway with my drive and get on the green with a wedge. My drive would leave me less than 100 yards to the green. I got cute with my sand wedge, skulling the ball across the green. Luckily it ended up at the back of the green but I had a wicked putt to save par. I decided to putt it across the apron, hoping that it will trickle down to the hole. It didn’t. Instead, it trickled away from the hole. I missed my second putt, not by much but I ended up with bogey.