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Sparkling Waters No. 11
There’s a difference between catching your breath and letting down your guard. So when I tell you to relax (at least to a degree) on Hole 11 of Sparkling Waters, please don’t follow by butchering a design you should not (and cannot) butcher.
What we have here is a two-shot par-4, Golden Tee’s palate cleanser. It’s the perfect time to reset your round and also prepare for an action-packed home stretch.
There are no hazards to be concerned with, at least none that should come into play. There are no major obstacles to worry about. There really isn’t all too much trouble here, outside of making the three shots necessary to come away with birdie.
The various tee boxes on this change how you will design round to round. Even with these different starting points, however, you’ll likely land in a similar place for your second shot. You may be close or farther back, but the overall look should remain the same once you’ve put away the driver.
From the fairway, your strategy will depend in large part on where the pin is located and the wind. A pin near the bottom of the green will require backspin or bite; a pin near the top can be conquered with no spin at all.
The green slopes down somewhat significantly, which is an important item to note before you apply spin. You don’t your ball spinning too far past the hole—maybe even off the green—so be mindful before deciding one way or another.
Regardless, there’s no need to do anything wild here. Birdie works. Play for it accordingly.
Of course you want the hole out, and there will be certain winds and setups that are conducive to being aggressive. But in most cases, you just want to be close enough. Make your birdie putt and move on.
We’ve got work to do.