DAH Finalist No. 9: Declining Options
With Only a Few Finalists Yet to be Revealed, a Strategy-Packed Par-5 Takes the Stage

The 2014 Design-a-Hole Finals are upon us, and our DAH judges have narrowed a group of more than 100 down to ten.

Over the next two weeks, we will reveal one finalist each weekday. Once you’ve seen and studied the design, your thoughts are both welcomed and encouraged on the Golden Tee Facebook Page. Our judges will then assess all feedback submitted while reexamining each design, and they will pick a winner in a matter of weeks.

All finalists will walk away with at least a $50 Gift Card, and you will be contacted once all designs have been revealed if your submission has been chosen. Once again, thank you to everyone who spent the time to both create and submit an entry. Narrowing it down was no easy task.

Our second-to-last finalist is a fascinating par-5 with multiple paths to take. Click each image to enlarge, and be sure to read the description below.

Declining Options (Par-5) by Andy Hamilton

Description Included: The idea of this hole is a challenging par 5 that gives you 4 different options to go for Eagle, none which will be easy.  I’ve always loved downhill holes, as I believe they provide a great challenge as players have to adjust both wind resistance and distance to accommodate the drop. 

The first, and most tempting option will be go down the ‘hallway’ on your second shot.  This is reminiscent of the hole on Central Park where there is a concrete cart path that many of us used to pound drivers or the 1 iron through.  However, the biggest difference is this shot will have a slight bend to it, be guarded by trees and sand at its entrance and will be SIGNIFICANTLY down hill.  The elevation change will make this shot different from any other we have seen in GT live.

The second option is what appears to be a ‘sucker shot.’  It will be a small island way off to the left of the tee (and downhill of course), that will only be gettable with the far left tee box and it will be a driver/3 wood to get there.  Of course, it should be slanted and very difficult to land on.  If you are lucky enough to land on it, it is a manageable, but long shot to the green. 

The third option is the long way around.  If you manage to get a driver to go about 385+ on an elevated fairway then you can potentially see the green.  However even if you get the monster drive, which will probably require the closest tee box, and wind behind you, it will still be a middling distance shot (220-250) that will be significantly down hill. 

The final option is between the hallway and the long way around.  If you drive about 340-375, you can split a gap between the hill/mountain and trees with a bend, that will also be downhill.  This is the most difficult and sparsely used option in the design. 

Final notes – For the non live player, you can make this a drivable par 5 by putting a tee box across the fairway from the hallway.  The distances can change slightly, but for the hallway shot (the first scenario) I pictured this being a 3/4/5 wood type shot.  This is the type of shot that would encourage a player to switch clubs for the course if they don’t have the 4 wood.  The way I see it, this hole will almost never set up to be an “auto eagle,” like so many par 5s do for the top players.  Eagle-able, yes, but you will have to earn it. 

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