The 5 Best Designed Golf Holes in South Louisiana
To create a truly great Par-5 is perhaps Golf Design’s toughest challenge, which is why only one Par-5 made this list. A hole that is reachable only by the longest of hitters gives those players an unfair advantage.
However, if it’s short enough to be reachable by most players, it still must present enough challenge as to not become essentially a long par-4. No hole in South Louisiana achieves this better that Hole 2 at the Island. The bayou that both runs through the length of the hole and dissects the fairway is perhaps the best and most effective use of a water hazard that I have experienced, anywhere. The exceedingly generous fairway allows the player to take on as much or as little carry of the hazard as he or she dares. Either a fade or draw can be effective.
The bayou comes into play on the second shot as well, crossing the fairway and leaving the player with three options: Lay up short of the hazard, which leaves a longer approach; play a longer shot to cover the hazard, yet still laying short of the green; or going for the green where the hazard is in play again, now guarding the left side of the hole. Did I mention it’s OB right? Again on the approach, the player weighs his or her options.
The daring player going at the pin on the smallish, elevated green can just as easily make birdie or triple, as even slightly pulled shots feed towards the water. The safer play is to aim for the right hand section of the green over the bunker, which will likely leave the player with a tricky putt.