After playing the valley holes (11 thru 14) at Glen Abbey today, it reminded me of how I never have been able to play these holes well. I also thought of several other courses, that I played over the years, that stick out, with a really challenging stretches (string) of holes. I have never played them, but think of Amen Corner at Augusta National 11th thru 13th.
Some of these “memorable stretch of holes “, including these Glen Abbey holes, have given my really bad night sleeps, after these experiences. I keep thinking, what if I didn’t do something or could have done better to stave off disaster. You know, the old coulda, shoulda, woulda conversation. Today I hit a lot of good shots on these 4 holes but I still lose a ball on 2 of them and had doubles on each of them. Otherwise, I had a great round today.
These “memorable strings of holes “ require your A-game and allow for no “brain farts”. You maybe able to string together a fee pars on the rest of the course, but these holes seem to elude you.
Golf as a mental game, you can do well on any of these holes with some luck and/or good play, but parring them all, seems lake a fantasy or an impossible dream. It is my goal to help you conquer these demons.
- We are looking for you comments, pics and suggestions for the 3-4 toughest stretch of holes you have played.
At the end of a season, I think it is a good time to talk about these “memorable holes”, so that you can start fresh next season and know that you can conquer them.Sort of golf therapy.
Here are my (CGL) the first couple of “memorable groups of holes” that come to mind:
Cherry Downs GC, Claremont, ON – This course was designed to be Canada’s version of Augusta National with fast rolling greens and lots of elevation changes. My trouble begins on 2nd (par 5 with tiny landing area off tee and a green that is tough to stay on and putt), 3rd (par 4 requires a layup to the valley, but you need to be close to the edge otherwise the very sloped green is almost impossible to hit, 4th par 3 uphill to another tough fast green, has been good to me, but not to most others, 5th par 5 is the bane of my golf existence. It’s short, tight with a crazy green way up a hill.
Lambton GC, Toronto – 6th par 5 long often into wind with raised green surrounded by traps, the start of Lambton’s version of Amen Corner, 7th par 5 over the bend in the Humber River to a narrow green, 8th par 3 one of the toughest anywhere, 9th par 4 slight dog leg right with raised green with trap in front (was highest scoring average hole for Canadian Amateur 2015).
Glenn Abbey GC, Oakville, ON – 11th par 4 into the valley, 12th par 3 is one of the toughest long par 3s anywhere, 13th par 5 is short but tight with a big wild green, 14th par 4 is the toughest driving hole with water on both sides of the fairway.
Weston GC, Toronto, ON – 1st par 4 up hill, 2nd par 4 around lake, 3rd par 5 up hill
St. Georges GC, Toronto, ON – Having caddied there many years ago, I think 2nd par 4, 3rd par 3, 4th par 5, 5th par 4. This can be a deadly stretch, especially if your putter is not hot.
The National Golf Club, Woodbridge, ON – 11th par 4, 12th par 5 (the snake), 13th par 4, 14th par 4.
The Country Club, Woodbridge, ON East Course – 2nd hole par 4, 3rd par 4 seems so long up hill, 4th par 4 dog leg.
Please suggest your own “most memorable group of holes” and by “memorable”, I mean groups of holes that are tough as nails. They humble you regularly.