Spyglass Hill Golf Course Hole by Hole - 5th Hole

Spyglass Hill Golf Course, California

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Hole 5 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course is a challenging par 3, measuring 197 yards from the championship tees. Located in Pebble Beach, California, this course offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and requires strategic thinking to navigate its undulating fairways and greens.

The tee shot on hole 5 should be approached with caution as it plays slightly uphill and into prevailing winds that can impact ball flight. The average golfer should expect to hit a driver ~217 yards off the tee, leaving them with a long iron or hybrid for their approach shot.

With a handicap of 15, this hole is considered one of the more difficult on the course. The green is well protected by four bunkers which account for approximately 30% of its total size. These greenside bunkers require precision on both the tee shot and approach to avoid costly strokes.

During peak season (summer), temperatures can reach up to mid-70s Fahrenheit with mild winds coming off the ocean. In fall and spring, temperatures range from high-50s to low-60s Fahrenheit with moderate wind conditions. Winter brings cooler temperatures ranging from mid-40s to low-50s Fahrenheit but also brings strong gusty winds that can make club selection even trickier.

For an average golfer hitting a pitching wedge ~120 yards and a 7 iron ~140 yards, we recommend aiming towards the center-left side of this large green complex when approaching from any distance further than ~125 yards out. This will allow for some margin for error if they happen to miss their target slightly due to wind or other factors.

Overall, Hole 5 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course requires precision shots off both the tee and approach in order to score well. With careful club selection based on weather conditions and strategy around avoiding bunkers guarding this challenging green complex, golfers have an opportunity here for birdie but must be prepared for a tough par if they don't execute their shots perfectly.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 3

Distance: 197 yards

Handicap: 15

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

Club Recommendations

1. Take caution with your tee shot and consider using a driver to ensure enough distance for your approach.

2. Keep in mind the uphill slope and prevailing winds when selecting your club for the tee shot.

3. Aim towards the center-left side of the green complex, especially if approaching from further than 125 yards out.

4. Be aware of weather conditions and adjust club selection accordingly, particularly during winter months when strong winds can make shots even more challenging.

5. Avoid the four greenside bunkers at all costs, as they account for 30% of the green's total size and require precision shots to escape without penalty strokes.

6. Consider aiming slightly left on both tee shots and approaches to allow for some margin of error due to wind or other factors.

7. With careful strategy and execution, golfers have an opportunity for birdie on this hole but must be prepared for a tough par if their shots are not executed perfectly.

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

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