September 2, 2016

Make the Right Decision!

In the second of his series of hints and tips on playing at Builth Wells, club professional, Simon Edwards, gives his thoughts on playing another hole on the course where the River Chwefri bisects the fairway and affects how you might play the hole.

“Following on from my tips in the March newsletter on how to play the 10th hole at Builth Wells Golf Club, I would like to pass on some of my thoughts on playing, arguably the other signature hole of the course, the 16th, which is 307 yards, par 4 for men, 305 yards, par 4 for ladies”.

“The 16th is definitely another ‘risk and reward hole’ in that it can be played in two ways depending on your skill and/or confidence on the tee”. 

“The safer approach is to hit a 7 or 8 iron off the tee, laying up to a small plateau right beside the River Chewfri, though a relatively straightforward shot you need to be quite accurate to make your second shot as easy as possible.  Hit your tee shot a little too far right and you’ll get wet feet and if you play safe and hit further left then you could find your ball sitting on a downward slope which will make your second shot a lot trickier, and layup short or long and the riverside trees will block your way to the green.  From the riverside plateau your second shot will be approximately 150 – 160 yards into a small green which is well guarded by three bunkers so again accuracy will improve your chances of making par”.

“The riskier approach (if the tee is set far enough back) is to take the driver out and try and carry the River Chewfri, the out of bounds and the large trees reducing the hole to a ‘drive and a flick’. The line off the tee when taking the driver, is just right of the biggest oak tree on the river bank, a slight fade the ideal shot shape. Beware of golfers playing the 8th hole as the 8th fairway is out of bounds when playing the 16th!”

“Good luck, par 4 is a good score”.

We look forward to seeing you  on the 16th tee and wonder if you'll "play safe" or "go for gold". 


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