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May 2013

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Golf #18 at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms Great finishing holes to begin the season By JERRY SLASKE KEY Milwaukee Golf Editor WHETHER I'M PLAYING WELL or poorly, there are finishing holes I always look forward to because they lift the spirit. For the most part, I'm partial to par 5s. Probably because the longer I'm on the course, the better I feel or probably because they take greater focus and strategy. If I play the following holes well on a day that could be described as a "death march," it's verification that my game is intact and golf is still the best and most challenging game around. If I don't play them well, I'll be back again. #18 at Brown Deer The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, 485 yards, par 4 (920-467-1500) A double dogleg par 4 requiring a long Brown Deer, 557 yards (414-352-8080) drive that must be in the fairway and must slice off as much of the pond as A solid tee shot is imperative on this possible for even an outside chance of uphill, relatively narrow par 5. A creek hitting this wide and shallow green. bisects the fairway about 220 yards Reasonable golfers should play their from the tee so a weak drive probably second shot to the left of the water and will cost you. Avoid the traps on the marsh in front of the relatively tame right with your second shot. And hit to a green, leaving a chip and hopefully one yardage to give yourself a full swing on putt. Going at this green in two demands your third, probably the hole's most a perfect second shot, assuming you had challenging shot, particularly when the a perfect drive. And who among us hits pin is on the right side over a bunker. two perfect shots in a row? Some of my favorite 18th holes in the region (distances are from the back tees): Rock River Hills, 543 yards (920-485-4990) Go left off the tee on this double dogleg and you could be stymied by large willow trees standing sentinel alongside a pond. Go right and you also could be thwarted by trees. Your second shot can't go too far left because there is another pond that can't be seen. Your third shot is uphill to a severely undulating green protected on the right front by a large, deep bunker. Kettle Hills (#9 Woods), 551 yards (262-628-0200) Gimmicky…maybe, but it's still challengMorningstar, 525 yards (262-662-1600) Whispering Springs, 529 yards ing and fun. Another double dogleg that (920-921-8053) demands a long straight drive uphill to The view from the elevated tee (and sev- position yourself for a comfortable – and eral others on this course carved out of Keep your drive in the fairway off the very accurate – second shot to the top an old quarry) is worth the price of tee of this beautiful tree-lined (on both of a ridge. Make sure you have the right admission. Favor the left side of the fair- sides) hole that doglegs to the left about club for that second shot and stay right. way all the way to the elevated green on 120 yards from the green. Your second Your third is severely downhill to a green this par 5 which doglegs slightly right shot needs to be center or right to put sloping from right to left with a hill on about 140 yards from the green. yourself in position for a short iron over the right and a drop to a marsh on the water and a deep trap guarding the front left. of a shallow green that slopes back to front. CONTINUED ON PAGE 48

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