Here is perhaps my biggest pet peeve when it comes to golf course architecture. The photo above is in the landing area of a par 4 hole that doglegs to the left. It’s a medium-length hole, maybe in the short to medium range.
As you can see above, my golf ball is in the fairway. It’s on the left side of the fairway, but it is certainly safely in the fairway. It isn’t a situation where I just snuck it inside the line where the fairway ends and the rough begins. You can also see the group in front of us standing on the green. The hole was located left of where the guy in the white (on the right) is standing.
So what’s in between me and the green. Yep, those would be trees. Directly in my way. Despite the fact that I’m in the fairway. And that makes me want to scream.
If I had to wager five bucks, I’m guessing these trees were planted in the ’80s in an attempt to force golfers to heed the dogleg instead of just blasting directly at the green from the tee. I can understand that, but at some point the treens have gotten in control.
My feelings on this are pretty simple. If my ball is in the fairway and I can stand in the fairway when I hit my shot, I shouldn’t have to deal with tree trouble — or at least tree trouble to this extent. It would be one thing if there was a branch or two I had to hit over or under or work around, but this is too much.
My feeling is that I’d like to see the two trees closest to the fairway removed. This is a course I have played four or five times over the past decade. I know just enough to be dangerous. When I don’t have a tone of course knowledge, my strategy is to try to hit the fairway and then try to hit the green. The fairway, to me, equals a safe place and you shouldn’t be penalized.
So let’s say that the club wants to keep the trees as they are. Well, that’s fine. But then you need to move the fairway further to the right and away from the corner.
I realize I might be a rare person who feels this way, but I don’t think you should be penalized for hitting it in the fairway.
In this case, I had to attempt to hook the living daylights out of a 9-iron. I got the ball on the front right corner of the green, but was about 3,953 feet from the pin. Yes, I three-slapped it for bogey.
OK rant over. But it is still a ridiculous feature.