Course Caddy: Pelican Grove No. 9
Before We Make the Turn, There’s a Fascinating (And Yes, Drivable) Par-5 to Tackle

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Pelican Grove Hole No. 9

This hole can be driven. Let’s get that out of the way right now, because drivable par-5s warrant a parade, fireworks and some sort of emphatic cheer. 

In the instance above, the skip off the hazard worked. With the right setup—mainly tee box and wind—you can also tackle this hole by hitting your ball through the trees guarding the green.

But before you go dumping balls into the water trying this—and that’s exactly what will happen—think about the risk involved with both of these shots. Each will result in a lost ball regularly, which means you’re better off playing for eagle in almost instances. And here, eagle is relatively easy to come by.

By hitting your ball out in the fairway—hopefully with a little cut to give yourself a better angle of the cup—you’ve put yourself in prime position. Some winds might make this approach slightly more challenging, but it’s a shot you will grow used to in time.


Just remember, don’t be short. There’s plenty of green to work with, and the only place you can miss is in front of the green. [splash sound goes here]

From the tee box, there is also another path to give a favorbale approach. By turning left just once, you’ll see trees that can be hit over quite easily with a 3-wood and a high tee. The added tee will provide the distance needed to clear the water, although you need to be careful with this shot if there’s a strong wind working against you.

Here, however, you’ll have a cleaner look at the cup.

What path are you taking? Are you driving this green regularly? Share your thoughts!

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