The right pin position on No. 4
The Southern California Golf Association is polling golfers about their favorite par 3s in Southern California. You can vote here: www.scga.org/news/view/best-par-3-hole-in-southern-california
Maderas Golf Club would appreciate your support if there’s a par 3 at our course you especially enjoy. To assist your voting, here’s a quick overview of our four par 3s.
No. 4 – 164 yards (m), 164 (b), 150 (w)
Overview: This mid-length par 3 plays like two different holes depending on the pin location. A left or middle pin is the most direct route and spares you from much of the hazard. The far right pin location is touch to reach from the tee and sets up some long and devilish putts (Speaking from recent experience, I just lagged one to 30 feet and was only too happy to make par.)
No. 7 – 190 (m), 190 (b), 181 (w)
Overview: This seemingly narrow par 3 is roomier than it looks. There’s especially room to miss left, but a miss right makes you susceptible to the cart path and a possible ball OB. Basically, there’s room to recovery, but this green is large and scoreable. You’re looking for par or better here.
No. 15 – 240 (m), 240 (b), 220 (w)
Overview: This long, downhill par 3 comes in the middle of a three-hole stretch that’s as demanding as any in the county. The green slopes back to front, so it’s receptive, but a long putt to a front pin is a tricky proposition here.
Chris Mayson gives you a few tips below for how to handle Maderas’ toughest par 3
No. 17 – 165 (m), 165 (b), 142 (w)
Overview: This hole features a downhill tee shot and thus plays shorter than its yardage. No. 17 provides a chance to get a stroke back if you’ve lost a few during the previous stretch. A front pin here is especially a prime birdie candidate.
Again, you vote in the SCGA’s contest at www.scga.org/news/view/best-par-3-hole-in-southern-california. We appreciate any support you can give and look forward to seeing you on the first tee soon.