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Course Caddy: Highland Links No. 11
Stay dry, Manage Spin and You’ll Be Just Fine on This Back-Nine Par-3


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Highland Links Hole No. 11


Of all the quiet killers on Highland—and there are a handful due to the challenging rough—Hole 11 might be ultimate “silent but deadly” design.

A short par-3 with water on the right, the high winds can turn this relatively straightforward challenge into a beast. And if you’re not careful, this could be an unexpected turn in the round.

Strategy on this hole is pretty simple: play for birdie.

Don’t get aggressive, don’t play for the ace and don’t feel this is the place to make up ground. Be content with a two—regardless of how you walk away with it—and move on. Even a three won’t kill you here.

Spin control here is obviously significant. Because the hole is relatively short, Backspin will really send your a ball coming in at a higher loft moving. With pins tucked near the front of the green, you’ll likely have to apply spin of some kind.

Just be sure not to spin it too far, though. Anything out of the rough—likely a chip—will be difficult. As you know by now, the rough will make any shot much tougher than it would normally be.

For pins placed in the middle or back part of the green, approaching this shot with no spin at all is an option. The ball lands surprisingly soft here and because of it, you can somewhat aggressive in where you land this shot.

Don’t be overly aggressive, but don’t hesitate to go at this with no spin at all.

 

With a strong wind pushing the ball left to right—toward the water—any shot on the green should be considered a win. There can be some very tricky setups on this hole, and staying dry can be a victory every now and then.

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