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Itslikeimsayin
The Par-3 5th Hole at GC of California
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Sunday May 28, 2017 9:20 PM
After playing the Golf Club of California in Fallbrook last week, I was thinking about how the beauty of the par-3 fifth hole is really hindered by the tall reeds growing in the lake that conceal the green from the tee. Then today Rat-Patrol mentioned the same thing in his review, so I thought I'd start a thread to discuss it further. My feeling is that it's really a beautiful hole, but it would be about 10X more beautiful if they built elevated tees so you can see more of the lake. As is, its beauty feels very much hidden by the grasses (which maybe was the architects' intent?). I love the reeds/grasses, so I don't think the solution is as simple as trimming them down. I know building an elevated tee would be totally artificial, but I think it would make that much more of a "signature" hole. What do you think?

Here are some pictures for reference (maybe a moderator can embed these, but for now it's only letting me link to them):

Current tee view:
https://flic.kr/p/U2DaB2

Looking back at tee from elevated perch behind the green, which gives you an idea of what the tee shot could look like if the tee box was elevated about five or 10 feet:
https://flic.kr/p/KsExyM

[[Edited by Itslikeimsayin on Sunday May 28, 2017 9:40 PM]]
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RE: The Par-3 5th Hole at GC of California
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Monday May 29, 2017 7:21 AM
Good idea, but in that neighborhood setting it wouldn't work I don't believe. It would block the view from the street of the waterfall and that view adds to the neighborhood. They just need to mow down the reeds. You want an elevated tee box across water shot/view go to Woods Valley (holes 3&8).
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Saturday June 3, 2017 10:27 AM
A slightly elevated tee box is a nice idea Mark. However, agree with Jim, just trimming the reeds would do the trick.

I think we are all in agreement that a blind tee shot into a level par 3 over a lake is not the way the golf hole was designed to be played.
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The goal is long and straight! But on the many times I cannot seem to hit them straight, I at least want to hit them long!
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Saturday June 3, 2017 11:37 AM
Clean it up! - we live in a world of digital photography. Golfers photos are one of the best forms of marketing for a golf course.
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Saturday June 3, 2017 12:30 PM
When I was there last weekend the hole was on the far left on a higher part of the green and you could only see the very top of the flag. If the hole was dead center, the lowest part of the green, unless they have a really long flag like the one they use on 15, you would not see the flag at all.
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Saturday June 3, 2017 2:02 PM
When we had a GK Guru round there in April, I had to walk a good 10 yards left of the blue tee to be able to see the pin that day. Completely obscured by the reeds from the tee box view. Then after I hit, I had to move quickly left while the ball was in the air to try and see where the it landed.
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The goal is long and straight! But on the many times I cannot seem to hit them straight, I at least want to hit them long!
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Saturday June 3, 2017 5:13 PM
When we were there D-Con hit his shot on a great line, but we couldn't see a thing, he came up a couple feet short. If he saw it come up short, being that he was playing a match, a GK Cup match, he at least would have had the option of hitting 3 from the tee. As it was with our group well behind pace he had to attempt a play from the mud.
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