COURSE CADDIES :: Highland Links :: Hole 12 :: PAR 4

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Highland Links Hole No. 12

This is a delicate little hole. Well, it’s not really little, but you get the point.

Hole 12 on Highland is a drivable par-4 with danger in the air. What makes this danger more pronounced is the small green with little room to land. Oh, but land we shall.

Depending on what equipment you play, this hole can be made easier or perhaps a bit more challenging. Golf balls (or clubs) that spin more will certainly come in handy here, and holding the down-sloping green—especially with an out wind—will be less taxing if you have these luxuries in your bag.

Even if you don’t play high spin clubs or balls, have no fear. The strategies will stay the same.

The structure of the green should more or less shape how you play this hole immediately. There is room to land on both the left and right side, which means you’ll want to land on the side closest to the pin.

If the pin is tucked in the middle of the green, don’t be a sucker and go right for it. Landing for a putt here is most important, and you can give yourself a manageable putt if you adjust your strategy accordingly.

That’s exactly what our friend below did when dealt a pin close to the middle of the green. And he got to skip the putting part.

If the pin is located in the very back of the left side, your shot might change. While the landing area will be obvious, the club will likely be different. You might even hit a driver here depending on the wind.

Regardless of the club, distance, pin or setup, your call should be landing safe. And, on occasion, you might do one better.


Become familiar with how your fairway woods travel here and figure out which shots work on particular setups. While landing in a pot bunker beats the alternative of going deep and into the water, there’s enough room to land on the outside part of the green where you can safely—and regularly—avoid both.

At least that’s the plan.

How do you play?