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Ballyneal: A Golf Addict's Guide (11th Hole)

2/24/2010

11th Hole - Par 3, 200 Yards
The 11th is a solid par 3 to a green perched on a plateau. Many call this hill uphill because of the area leading up to the green, but the green actually sits at the same level as the back tee boxes. Doak & Co. provided a bunch of different starting points, so feel free to mix it up over the course of a weekend. The best tee box is probably the second from the back, which brings the two right bunkers more into play relative to the tips.

It's obvious that the two bunkers on the right need to be avoided. Of course, this is easier said than done and the slopes near the green make them effectively bigger than they actually are. What you don't see in the picture is that missing left is even more costly. Left is really, really bad on this hole. In the pictures, you can see a hint of three bunkers left of the green. No doubt, they are nasty, but they are a significantly better alternative than the 20-foot drop-off even further left.






I believe the safe play is to aim for the back right quadrant of the green. If you're a little long or a little right, it's not going to kill you. You still have a good chance of getting up and down from a relatively flat lie.




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