Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Milf Tips: TPC at Valleywood #15

NOTE: This is the 15th in a 19-part series meant to introduce MilFers to the home course, and to use up precious band-width with content that is targeted to just a few people. Anyone reading this stuff from afar will absolutely wonder what all the hullabaloo is about.


VALLEYWOOD #15
"Ramblin' Road"



Playing 472 from the Milf tees, #15 is the last of Valleywood's par 5's, and really your last decent chance at a birdie. This hole looks much more menacing than it really is, with it's large water hazard cutting through and dominating the last third of the fairway. But getting off the tee in fair shape with an OK second shot will leave you in good position to put one close on your approach.

That being said, many, many balls end up in the water on this hole. That's because a respectable drive will put you in a position where you need to make a choice: Lay up to the front of the water (Snowflake!), or going for it on the second shot and hitting enough club to carry the water. Taking the first, safer option will allow you to have a shot at the green on your third shot, albeit a long one over water. The second option will, if successfully executed, put you in great position to lay on in close on your third shot.

Of course, those are pretty big "ifs" up there, and I have first-hand knowledge of 15's water.

BILL'S SECRET TIP: Hit your drive down the right side of the fairway, then take a direct route over the water, to the left and short of the green. This will shorten the expanse of water needing to be traversed on the second shot, and leave a good approach angle to the green.

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