Course Caddy: Turtle Island No. 15
Bite, Bite Bite—Get Used to Saying That on Turtle’s Final Par-5

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Turtle Island Hole No. 15

The final par-5 on Turtle Island is loaded with lava. That’s an ominous way to start a preview of a hole, although this sizzling hazard shouldn’t come into play. Can it? Oh, you bet it can; you know it can. But there are ways to tackle this design safely and also walk away with an eagle.

Just like most par-5s, the tee shot here is integral. Getting to the middle fairway—the one beyond the first bit of lava—should be your ultimate goal. If you can get there, and you should be able to on most setups, you should have no issues reaching the design.

You certainly can go right, choosing to fire it up the long fairway toward the end of the opening. This will lead to a much more difficult second shot, however, so you should bomb away toward the second fairway when you can.

Wind in your face? Given a tough look overall? You’d be surprised by how far your ball will carry with a high tee on this shot. You may not need to get it across, although don’t hesitate to use one, either.

The next shot—your approach—will be your moneymaker (or money breaker) here. The strong left break needs to be accounted for, and you’ll hit a variety of shots depending on wind and pin placement.

The one place you absolutely cannot miss here is short. This means you’ll have to be careful with a) your distance and b) your spin control. While Backspin certainly is an option, Bite will work given the potential danger of spinning too far.

Depending where the pin is located, you’ll attack this with different strategy. The possibility of going at the cup with no spin at all is there—especially with a strong wind in your face—but Bite is a solid selection for back pins as well.


The most important thing is to stay on the green. If you can do that, you’ve put yourself in a solid position to do well. And if you’re dealt with a front pin and a long downhill putt—with the lava behind—well, good luck, friend.

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