The 5 Best Designed Golf Holes in South Louisiana
There are no doubt many who will read this with incredulity. How can one of the worst golf courses around have the best designed hole? Because it simply does. No other hole in South Louisiana incorporates as many of the ideal design features discussed than does this one. Beginning with the tee shot, the player has a tremendous number of options in choosing how to play the hole.
By nature of the extreme angle of the fairway in relation to the tee, the player has a target area literally hundreds of yards wide. Wedged between a canal just off the tee and a pond sitting a little over two hundred yards away, the fairway can be played to with any club in the bag besides the putter. While safer and requiring less carry, the further left the drive is played, the longer and more difficult an approach directly towards the green becomes. The bolder lines to the right off the tee reward the successful player with easier short iron and even wedge approaches with a great angle in. The risk, however, is a much smaller margin of error. The pulled driver here carries too far and finds the pond. The sliced ball finds either the canal or potentially worse, a line of approach completely blocked by dense foliage.
The approach shot to this hole, especially to a front pin position on the postage stamp green, dares the player to challenge the water and try to hit it close. Come up short, and your fourth shot will be a delicate pitch over the same pond you just hit into. Go long with your second, and you’re pitching back towards the water. Try not to flinch. The cautious player can always play to the right of the green and make par with a wedge/putt combo.
Imagine this same hole with La Tour’s conditioning, or the elevation change of The Bluffs. Imagine the canal is a creek with clear water trickling over rocks. Imagine the green site hanging on the edge of the ocean instead of a stagnant pond. Suddenly, those exact same design features and shot values become the stuff of legend. Even in its humble setting, Hole #10 at Sugarland answers the most important question, “Is it fun?” with a resounding “Yes”