As you know about the blog by now, we love to write about golf holes and can spill a thousand words about one at the drop of a hat. With No. 16 at La Costa’s Champions Course, that isn’t necessary. Pictures suffice.
I’ve played each side of the renovated course twice now and can report this is easily the prettiest hole on the course. I played it again yesterday and was reminded of that. No. 16 is a 160-yard par-3, and you either make the green or you don’t. Besides the traps, there’s a bailout right. I hit an easy 7-iron, but most days it’d be a club less because you’ve got the ocean breeze behind you.
Everyone in our threesome hit the green – and no one made the putt. I will say, though, that my 15-footer stopped an inch short due to recent maintenance, which created slow green conditions. Any other day, that putt goes in.
No. 16 comes amid a great stretch of finishing holes that is more scoreable (and fun) that what awaits you on the Legends Course – the famed “Longest Mile in Golf.” I finally got my game together and played the final five holes in two-over. That’s the best stretch I’ve put together in a while.
Anyway, if you club 16 right, it’s a great scoring opportunity on that home stretch. It’s also one of the holes you see as you arrive at the course. It’s just as fun to play as it is pretty to look at. I hope you get a chance to experience it.