La Costa Resort and Spa (South course) Hole by Hole - 12th Hole

La Costa Resort and Spa (South course), California

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Hole 12 at La Costa Resort and Spa's South Course is a strategic 587-yard par 5. This hole demands smart play, with a focus on navigating the dogleg right and evading bunkers to set up a favorable approach to a large, reactive green.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 587 yards

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Slight dogleg

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Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

Club Recommendations

High Handicapper

For high handicappers, accuracy takes precedence. Off the tee, use a 3-wood or a high-lofted driver, aiming for a 200-yard drive to stay within the 28-yard-wide fairway. The second shot should be with a fairway wood or a long iron, focusing on positioning rather than distance, aiming for around 170 yards. The approach to the green can be made with a short iron or a wedge, taking into account the green's size and roll variations due to weather. Adjust club choices based on conditions like wind and temperature.

Medium Handicapper 

Medium handicappers should aim for a drive of about 230 yards from the middle tees, focusing on landing in the fairway to avoid bunkers. The second shot, possibly with a fairway wood, should target placement over distance, aiming for about 180 to 200 yards. For the approach, a mid-iron is ideal, considering the green's vast area and potential for wind and heat to affect ball trajectory and roll.

Low Handicapper

Low handicappers should use their power advantage, aiming for a drive exceeding 280 yards to overcome the dogleg. The second shot, likely with a fairway wood or a long iron, should place the ball in a favorable position for an approach. Use a short iron for precision on the approach, carefully navigating the greenside bunkers and the large green. Be mindful of weather conditions, as wind and heat can significantly impact the ball's behavior.

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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