By Katy Treadwell
After taking a couple weeks off to tend to a hip injury, I wanted my first round back to be as easy and stress free as possible. I needed a short and easy but fun course, and I needed it to be close to home. Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Desert was ideal for my situation, so I set the tee time and hit the road.
I had forgotten how much I liked Woodhaven. Like I said, it’s short and easy, but fun. You can’t take it for granted or let your guard down at Woodhaven, but if you pay attention and play it safe, low scores are easily attainable and fun is guaranteed.
For instance, although the 5th hole is a short par 4 at only 263 yards from the tips, and it’s almost painful not to take aim at the green and unleash a huge drive; the large, dense trees on the left and the long narrow lake on the right make laying up the smart play… unless, of course, you regularly fly the ball 265 in the air. And before you say something you might regret, you may consider that the average PGA player flies the ball around 278 yards. So go on and let it rip…if you’re feeling like Dustin Johnson. I’ll be the one hitting a sand wedge into the green after laying up.
Number 6, the par 3 that follows, is one of my favorite holes at Woodhaven. It’s only 118 yards but is all carry over water. I mean, it’s not as if you’re playing the 17th at Sawgrass by any means, but there is still a little intimidation factor at play. And, playing at only118 yards, no matter the pin position, if you can help but to take dead aim at the flag, you are much more disciplined than I. No, really… how do you do it?
From 6 on, it’s pretty self-explanatory. At Woodhaven, what you see is what you get. But that doesn’t make the 17th any less fun. The 17th is one of only 2 par 5’s on the course and it’s more than reachable after a good drive. The 17 plays around 494 yards, and despite its straight forward appearance and meager distance, it ranks as the 4th hardest hole on the course. With water running all along the left, it’s important to make sure your drive finds the middle of the short grass.
And, if you want to reach the green in two, a ball in the fairway is a must, and even from there, you’ll have to go over the water on your second shot. The 17th is less penalizing than a hole like the 5th, but one bad shot can still compound quickly on this par 5. Like I said at the beginning, if you pay attention and play it safe, you’ve got it made at Woodhaven.
If you’re looking for a fun day on the course and a quick round, give Woodhaven a shot… or 70. (Get it…?)
For more information and to book a tee time visit, www.woodhavencc.com