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There are many ways to skin a cat - or play this par 5!

There are many ways to skin a cat – or play this par 5!

There are many ways to skin a cat – or play this par 5!

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Do you have a challenging par 5 on your home course? 

When the hole presents elevation changes, water, and trees, you need to consider different ways of playing it.

There are many ways to skin a cat - or play this par 5!

The 6th Hole, par 5, at Club de Golf Malinalco.

I learned recently on one of the most challenging par 5’s I have played, at my Mexico School course, to lay off the driver and approach this hole with a 4 iron off the tee, a 5 iron to the second “landing area,” and then a pitching or sand wedge to the green.  The hole has three rivers traversing the fairway.  One off the tee, which is not really a problem, but then the other is about 280 yards from the tee, and the next is 60 yards short of the green. 

The green is totally surrounded by trees, and there is a hazard on the left side fairly close to the green.  I have made many birdies here, an eagle, and lots of 6’s and 7’s.  Since changing my strategy on this formerly frustrating #6 hole at Club de Golf Malinalco, my scores have all been par.  I have not made a bogey.  Not as many birdies, but I know I will get one every now and again with a good 3rd shot or a good putt.

Read on and see this one golfer’s nemesis hole (which looks remarkably similar to the hole I described) and consider how you would play it……

How would you play this par 5?

Source: thesandtrap.com

Pictures: Club de Golf Malinalco

Thanks for reading – There are many ways to skin a cat – or play this par 5!

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