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Celtic Shores No. 5
There’s an unexplainable uneasiness that comes with Hole 5 on Celtic Shores; a par-5 with elevation changes, sand traps, hazards and an approach shot that is no gimmie, either.
On certain setups you should be able to take full advantage of the strong conditions and power past trouble to eagle. Other times it won’t be so easy, and you’ll have to either a) still power past it all or B) use finesse on a design that really isn’t all that conducive to precise play.
The drive here, obviously, will be most critical to your success. Getting up and over the sand traps and onto the elevated portion of the fairway is how you should approach this hole. In order to do this, you’ll likely need a driver, a high tee and little elbow grease. You may also have to turn right once and hit a C-3 to maximize power and distance.
While a C-3 isn’t the most controlled shot, the extra air time can be crucial. In doing this, however, you need to be wary of the water that comes into play both long and right. While ending up in the sand trap isn’t ideal, it beats finding the hazard. As a result, you need to be sure to keep your tee shot in play.
From here, you’ll be able to play a reasonable approach into the green. Spin control will be critical, and you’ll like experiment with backspin, bite and no spin at all depending on where the pin is located. With the hard shot out of the way, put in on, make your putt and take care of business.
Now, what about the instances when hitting beyond the sand traps isn’t an option? What about when you have a monstrous wind and difficult tee box?
There is another way to get to the green. The small nook of fairway left of center and surrounded by water can give you a shot at the green in two. Keep in mind, however, that the fairway is somewhat crowned and hitting it with regularity is not easy. In fact, the risk here is incredibly high.
It works—and you may have to attempt it on occasion—but approaching the central fairway, even on tougher looks, is a far more approachable (and safe) way to go about it. It won’t always work, but a birdie backup isn’t always bad.
How do you play?