The Grand Golf Club is one of the most beautiful and challenging San Diego golf courses. Whether you’re a mid-level golfer enjoying your game on a budget or an expert seeking a luxurious experience, the Grand Golf Club will fill your needs.
Today we’re going to discuss the 17th hole at the Grand Golf Club. The 17th hole is a par 3, one of the Grand’s shortest holes. However, many golfers don’t complete it in the required three strokes. Additionally, most take high, risky approach shots.
When approaching the Grand’s 17th hole, take the wind into account. The wind often comes from the west – this may push your ball toward the water. Try to shoot toward the right; our course designer built in extra room to help you avoid fickle winds.
Keep in mind, though, the 17th hole is about a 230-yard shot. Line up the shot carefully, especially if you are a beginning or mid-scoring golfer. Some golfers aim at bunkers on this shot. Again, however, you cannot always depend on the wind to carry your ball toward the pin. If you aim at a bunker, your ball could end up in the water. Make note of pin locations. If the pin is at the front of the hole, the shot may be a bit easier.
If the pin is at the back of the 17th hole, use your club’s wedge to get the ball into the air. On your second or third stroke, leave yourself plenty of room to “read” the green. Walk around the green for a minute or two. Based on the feel of the green, you can often tell how your shot will break. Leave at least 20 feet of space to complete your final stroke.
Other Strategies for Par 3 Holes
Par 3 holes are a great way to lower your overall score. However, most golfers underestimate the challenge and shoot almost a full stroke over par. At the Grand Golf Club and other San Diego golf courses, we see many recreational golfers who aren’t confident in their long shots.
Lining up the perfect shot is crucial with a par 3 hole. On the tee, you don’t have to deal with uneven lines, so give yourself as many advantages as possible. Let the tee’s head rest above the grass so you can compress the ball. Don’t shoot high; aim for low contact, which gives the ball more spin. The more spin your ball has, the farther it will carry.
Use a club that will hit toward the back of the green. Do not aim for exact yardage; that’s where most golfers come up short. Playing toward the back of the green gives you more wiggle room if you misaim the ball.
On each par 3 hole, look for the widest portion of the green. Do not try to aim directly for the hole. Remember, the goal is to make par, not a hole-in-one. You can make par if your tee shot hits the middle of the green. After that, you can use your final two strokes to make par and get the ball into the hole.
Finally, do not take chances. San Diego golf courses like the Grand Golf Club are built for experienced recreational golfers. However, par 3 holes often come with challenges golfers aren’t prepared for. If you feel less than confident, lay up. Create a chip shot you can complete in three strokes or less. Don’t place yourself in the path of a bunker, water hazard, or other obstacle you don’t feel ready to handle.