Blue Course, Hole 5
418 yard par 4. A long, slight, dog-leg left par 4 guarded by sand on the right and trees and tall grass on the left. The dominant feature off the tee on number five is a depression that runs across the fairway about 150 yards from the green. This shallow area widens on the right side of the fairway to form a generous landing area. The green is elevated and guarded on the right by a bunker. A dense wooded area begins within twenty feet of the back of the green. Like many greens at Lacoma, number five green slopes sharply from back to front.
Tips from the Pro
The tee shot on number five presents a classic risk-reward golf shot. Play it safe to the right and leave a medium to long iron to the green. Cut the corner on the left and risk being in the deep grass that lurks over the ridge. A successfully played left-side drive results in a short chip to the green. Lagging the pin on your approach is the safest play as playing long will lead to a difficult downhill putt. The green flattens in the back, but a shot played long at a deep pin placement on this hole could carry the green entirely. The sharp drop-off immediately behind the green and the proximity of the deep woods virtually guarantees balls landing over the green will be lost.