Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Golf Holes With Lots of Water

A number of the world's more famous golf courses have golf holes that are surrounded by water. These are holes in which you can lose your balls, in more ways than one, when they fall down into the water. Water holes can be located alongside expansive lakes, creeks or perhaps even the sea and oceans. These are a few of the great golf holes in which you could take a swim on.

Pebble Beach No 7

The seventh golf hole at Pebble Beach Links, in California, is the shortest on its course. At 107 yards you won't find too many holes with less yardage than this one, but it is among the most famous golf holes. This par-3 has a green that is located right next to the Pacific Ocean, providing a fine ocean setting. An over hit ball could potentially land in the sea instead of the grass. Bunkers are also scattered around its green, so the sand wedge could be a fairly essential club on this hole.

Mid Ocean Club No 5

At the Mid Ocean Club the fifth par-4 hole plays alongside the Mangrove Lake. The hole stretches some 433 yards, with a bridge connecting the tee box the hole's fairway. That fairway swings to the left around the lake which runs alongside the left of the hole. Along the right side of the fairway there are quite a few trees, as well as a fairway bunker. Greenside bunkers are hunkered some five feet below a two-tiered putting green.

TPC Sawgrass Stadium No 17

An aerial shot of TPC's 17th 
For many this is the ultimate water hole at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course. It's not so much a hole, but more a green located slap bang in the middle of a lake. There's not a lot else included on this 132 yard par-3, which is otherwise 97 yards from the white pegs. Then it may be more of a pitch and putt hole, but that's just as well given that an estimated 120,000 balls end up in its surrounding lake each year.

Banff Springs No 4

Take a dip in the glacial lake at Banff Spring's fourth hole. Chances are you might have to if you are to recover lost balls on this 192 yard par-3 golf hole. On this hole you play off from an elevated tee that rises some 70 feet above a boulder-filled pond, which lies between the tee box and the green. Legend has it that the layout of this hole came about thanks to an avalanche at the far end of the course which left a small glacial lake. This great hole is also located beside the Canadian Rockies which dominate the skyline.  

Cypress Point No 15

This is one of Cypress Point's classic coastal holes. Cypress Point is a course located alongside the Monterey coastline which separates the tee from green on this 139 par-3. Its platform tee is propped up some sixty feet above the sea that ebbs and flows within a narrow cove that runs in front of the green. The green itself has half-dozen bunkers of variable sizes, filled up with white sand, scattered around it. To the left of it there is a small bleached wood with a copse of cypress trees.

Augusta No 12

The famed Golden Bell hole at Augusta, which has a assortment of yellow Golden Bell flowers that bloom in springtime, is also one with a notable stretch of water. This hole is a short par-3 that includes Rae's Creek, which runs in front of the green. Around the green are considerable slopes, and so if the ball lands on surrounding grass it can still roll into the water.

TPC Sawgrass No 18

And finally there is the 18th at TPC Sawgrass Stadium course. That's another of the holes which has a lake alongside the left of its fairway. The lake dominates the left side of this par-4 hole. 2005 Players Championship champion Fred stated, “From the tee, you don't see a lot of fairway — what you see is water.” Overall, it's a great finishing hole.

These golf holes have plenty of water. If you don't take any clubs to their courses during the summer, bring swimming shorts instead!

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