Top 100 Golf Courses: Pine Valley Golf Club - Page 2
The 5th hole may be the most challenging hole in the world. We played the par 3 at 220 yards (It's 238 from the tips), all carry and uphill. I was fortunate to pull my tee shot into a tree to keep my ball in play. I punched out,chipped up, and made my two putts for a remarkable 5. Yes, a remarkable 5. One of my playing partners (a 10 Handicap) had a fate much worse than mine. His ball came to rest on the back of the green leaving him about 25 feet downhill. When he asked for advice, the member helped him with the line and speed, informing him this was "impossible" to keep on the green.
I watched as he tapped the ball every so slightly. It looked like a perfect putt, it was going in or going to nestle up next to the cup. Before I could say the words "nice putt", I watched as it rolled past the cup and picked up speed. It rolled and rolled, eventually coming to rest about 10 yards off the green. It then took a couple putts up the false front before he escaped with an 8. The moral, don't be long on the 5th hole.
When I finished a hole, I took a deep breath and felt a sense of accomplishment. It was short lived. As I approached the tee box for my next shot, I immediately had to regain composure and focus on what was next. Pine Valley requires your best on every shot or it will be a very long day.
Pine Valley Bunkers
If you know anything about Pine Valley, it's probably about the Devil's.... Aperture (I'll keep this clean). It's a crater like bunker on the 10th hole, a 142 yard par 3. It's about 8 feet deep and has three wooden steps to help you in and out. I asked the member who invited me (I can't say thank you enough) how you get out of it once you are in. He said the best play is to take an unplayable, go back to the tee box and retee your shot. The only advice I offer in regards to Pine Valley (and probably only advice I'm qualified to offer) is avoid this bunker.Continued on the next page