La Costa Resort and Spa (South course) Hole by Hole - 18th Hole

La Costa Resort and Spa (South course), California

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The 18th hole at La Costa Resort and Spa (South course) is a challenging par 4. From the championship tees, it measures 460 yards with a slight dogleg right. The fairway width of 31 yards requires accuracy off the tee in order to have an approach shot into the green. There are five bunkers strategically placed throughout the hole, with 8% of them located on or around the green.

This hole can be particularly difficult during windy conditions due to its length and curvature as well as its altitude which averages between 200-400 feet above sea level depending on season. During summer months, temperatures tend to be warmer than other seasons so golfers should take this into account when selecting their clubs for both tee shots and approaches. As a general rule of thumb, golfers should use one more club than usual for every 10 degrees increase in temperature from what they would normally play in cooler weather conditions such as spring or fall months.

For players hitting from the championship tees, a driver followed by a 7 iron will generally get you close enough for an easy pitch onto the green; whereas players hitting from shorter distances may choose something like 3 wood/hybrid followed by 9 iron/pitching wedge combination instead depending on your skill level and comfortability with each club type respectively.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 460 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

When playing this hole, accuracy off the tee is key. Aim for a landing spot in the fairway that allows you to avoid as many bunkers as possible while still leaving yourself an adequate approach shot into the green. If there are crosswinds, aim slightly left of your intended target line and use less club than usual to compensate for the wind's influence on ball flight.

On your approach shots, make sure to factor in any elevation changes from where you hit your tee shot and onto the green. This can affect how much spin you need on each shot so be aware of this when selecting clubs and adjusting yardage accordingly. Finally, pay attention to pin placement when choosing which club will best suit your needs; if it's tucked away in one corner or another then a more lofted club may be necessary in order to get it close enough for an easy putt or tap-in par/birdie attempt!

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

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