Grand Rapids Golf Blog

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Kaufman 14

Par 4, 389 yards

The signature hole at Kaufman, as far as I'm concerned, but also one of the most treacherous. Armies of pines stand at attention on either side, leaving no place to lose your tee shot. If your tee shot is straight down the chute, the approach should be ordinary, but if not, plan on a punch.

I catch a 4-iron well but on the right side of the fairway, where the branches are in play. Sure enough, my 7-wood catches them and thuds straight down. Then my 6-iron is soft and I'm lying 4 with a 50-foot pitching wedge, which I catch too strong and place on the back left fringe. I have a tricky downhill putt from there and am glad to get out with a 6.


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