No. 5 at Crestview GC - Most Interesting Holes Series
By Gretchen Yoder, Manager of Handicapping & Course Rating
Tenth in our OGA series about the Most Interesting Holes is the #5 hole at Crestview Golf Club.
If the golfer just looks at yardage, they might think that this is an easy, short hole. They would be incorrect. There are tees up above, and one tee down below as a benefit for those who don’t hit the ball far enough to carry. Tees are at 295-280-265-233 and 146. Just a reminder that by the USGA’s recommendations, any tee shorter than 251 yards could be considered a par 3 for Men (Click here for more information on Par). This hole is a par 4 from all tees except for the most forward tee.
Standing on the upper tees at Crestview, the first thing you should notice is that the tee is raised over 20 feet and there is quite a long carry to reach the fairway. From all of the upper level tees, it is between 120 and 190 yards to carry the crevasse. There is a pond along the whole left side of the fairway and out of bounds lining the right. The fairway is a fairly generous width at 30 – 40 yards. There is one bunker that is on the right side approach, but is not considered to be a greenside bunker since it doesn’t meet the definition of “closely bordering” the green, as it is more than 12 yards from the edge of the green.
For very long hitters, it is possible to go for the green. That changes the length of the shot to have to carry the pond and land basically in the center of the green. Driving the green could easily result in a ball going out of bounds. A long hitter aiming at the fairway may also want to be aware that they could hit through the fairway and off the course. Keep in mind that there is also a tree in the water hazard that needs to be negotiated as well.
The keys to playing this hole are thinking about whether or not to lay-up off the tee and being mindful of the direction coming into the green. Too far left and you could be negotiating going over the pond.
The green is half as wide as it is long and highly contoured. A ball that misses to the left would hit the steep side and head towards the pond.
From a Course Rating standpoint, there are multiple factors happening on this hole. I’m going to address Carry. Carry can be over water or out of bounds/extreme rough. We have to make an assumption of “safe” carry, where the golfer passes the furthest edge by at least 10 yards. If the golfer can’t safely carry, they may need to lay-up.
In Course Rating we are tasked with making assumptions of shot length. For instance, the Bogey Woman (about a 24 Course Handicap) can hit the ball 150 yards off the tee with 130 of that being in the air and about 20 yards of roll out. For #5 at Crestview, that means the only upper tee that she would be able to play from would be the most forward one, and it would have to be an almost perfect shot at that. Luckily Crestview Golf Club put in a lower tee at 146 yards. From that lower tee, most higher handicapped golfers would still have to lay-up in front of the green and then chip on. Since Par is based solely on how far the Scratch golfer hits the ball, the lower tee is considered a par 3. The Scratch Woman golfer would have the skills to go for the green.
This hole is a slight dog leg to the left with water on the left and out of bounds on the right. A sand bunker next to the green makes approach shots challenging. It is drivable for the longer hitters.
** The fith hole at Crestview Golf Club earned 109 fan votes to earn 10th-place recognition in the OGA 18 Most Interesting Holes Series contest. Throughout the year Gretchen Yoder, OGA Manager of Course Rating & Handicapping, will explain what makes each hole unique and describe the ideas behind rating these gems.