Tips for Playing Shiloh Park
Hole #1: Aim your drive to left of center on this very fair opening hole. You’ll see no trouble to the gently sloping back to front green from here. A drive to the right side will bring a large bunker into play.
Hole #2: This dogleg right par five is a good test of your skills. Average players should come off the tee to the left of the fairway bunker. Bombers can take it to the right of the tree on the right of that bunker, but if it isn’t a true 300+ yarder, you’ll be in a forest. The second shot for the average golfer is a fairway wood to a sloped back to front green guarded by beach on both sides. Silly person, don’t be over the green, it’s not pretty.
Hole #3: It’s narrow between the two fairway bunkers, just short of them leaves you with a full wedge to a green that proves to be a somewhat testy read.
Hole #4: A very fair par three, any trouble can be seen from the tee, like the innocent bunker on the right. Shots lost to the left tend to roll farther than seems fair. The green is relatively flat in back, but drops midway to the front.
Hole #5: An overhanging branch will make it’s presence known if you’re a slicer trying to stay away from the water, the right side pond is a magnet for balls. I’ve heard stories that the pond depth is 12 feet…nine feet of balls and three feet of water. If you’re a bomber and don’t get a gentle fade, you could be attending church services across the street. Keep watch over the sand guarding both sides of the green.
Hole #6: If your best drive is 270, think twice about going over the fairway bunker, there is plenty of room to the right. A short iron to a green that is flat on the left half and mildly sloping from right to left on the right half. You’ll see the trap right, but can easily miss the trap on the left.
Hole #7: Straight forward longish par three, just keep it away from the left side off the green. Everything that misses the trap will catch the fence.
Hole #8: Tiger and J.D. may drive the green here, all others should pull out a fairway metal, rescue club or long iron short of the water. Don’t be too strong on your second shot, the tree growth behind the green is unfriendly.
Hole #9: Large stand of mighty oaks straight away and left, water on the right. Suck it up and take it just right of the trees, you’ll be rewarded with a lob wedge in for a real shot at birdie…what a way to end the day!
Ancient Mystical Proverb: Bad day on Golf Course,better than good day at work.