Did you see Scott Brown’s ace on Sunday in the Wyndham Championship? It was déjà vu considering he aced the same hole (No. 3) in the same round just one year before on the same course.
If you asked Brown his favorite hole on the PGA Tour, his answer would be obvious.
It got me thinking about some favorite holes at JC Golf courses. I asked a few teaching pros the hole that stands out the most to them at their golf course. Here’s what they shared:
No. 13, Woods Valley
It’s an awesome par 3 that plays about 150 yards. Right as you pull up to the tee, the back drop is set against that mountain and all of the oak trees surrounding the tee and the green make for a very picturesque area. The best part about the entire hole is the peacefulness you feel. Sometimes, I just drive out there and take in the area without even playing.
No. 10, Carmel Mountain Ranch
It’s a par 5 and plays 564 yards. Right after you grab a snack and a quick break at the turn, you are welcomed with a challenging tee shot that requires a slight cut with a blind landing zone. If you hit a great tee shot you are looking at 200-250 yards severely downhill. Now you are left with the risk-reward decision to go for the green with the two green side bunkers guarding the left side. Your approach seems like it flies forever going down the hill and the two-tiered green adds for some challenging putts. All in all it is a very good birdie opportunity to start of your back nine on the right foot.
No. 7, Twin Oaks
It’s our signature hole, a par 3 over water and almost always into a one- to two-club breeze with a two-tier green. Be sure to look for some of the turtles and bullfrogs as you cross the bridge on the way to the green. A great shot can be rewarded with a well-deserved birdie.
No. 18, Rancho Bernardo Inn
You have to strategize there. It’s risk/reward par 5 and each day it can play differently and always pans out to make a finishing experience that keeps you guessing. Everybody always wants to play it the next time and get another chance to finish their round on a positive note with this good test.
No. 2 North Course, Oaks North
I have been very fortunate to have made 12 holes-in-one, but only two at Oaks North and never on this par 4. This hole is short and reachable for me (barely), so maybe it’s my all-time favorite hole.
Marc Figueroa is a freelance writer who has been covering golf in San Diego for more than 20 years.