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Giant's Ridge Golf and Ski Resort (The Quarry Course) Hole by Hole - 17th Hole

Giant's Ridge Golf and Ski Resort (The Quarry Course), Minnesota

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Hole 17 at Giant's Ridge Golf and Ski Resort is a challenging par 3, with a distance of 220 yards from the Pro tees. This hole is ranked as the 12th most difficult on the course, making it an important one to strategize for. The tee shot will require precision and power, as well as careful consideration of weather conditions.

In Minnesota's cold winter months, altitude and temperature may impact ball flight conditions by causing the ball to travel shorter distances than usual. Therefore, it may be wise for our golfer to take an extra club or two when hitting their tee shot in order to compensate for any potential loss of distance due to these factors.

The green area measures at a spacious 15415 sq ft, providing plenty of room for error on approach shots. However, do not let this deceive you - this hole has water hazards that come into play on both sides of the green. It is crucial for our golfer to carefully select their club and aim accurately in order to avoid finding themselves in trouble.

Despite there being only one bunker on this hole located off the right side of the green, it should still be taken into consideration during approach shots. As a % of total bunkers compared to greenside bunkers specifically, there are none present which allows some breathing room when aiming towards the green.

For our average golfer who hits a driver ~217 yards off the tee box and can hit their pitching wedge ~120 yards comfortably , we recommend using either a fairway wood or long iron off the tee depending on personal preference and comfort level with each club's accuracy. For those who struggle with longer irons or fairway woods off tight lies (such as found in spring), consider using your driver but choking down slightly while also taking note that wind speeds tend increase significantly during fall season so adjust accordingly before hitting your shot.

As they approach closer towards Spring/Summer seasons where the air is warmer and ball flight conditions are more favorable, our golfer should feel confident using their 7 iron ~140 yards to reach the green. However, during Fall/Winter seasons where temperatures drop and wind speeds increase significantly, it may be wise for our golfer to use a longer club such as an 8 or even 9 iron in order to compensate for these factors.

In summary, Hole 17 at Giant's Ridge Golf and Ski Resort requires precision off the tee and careful consideration of weather conditions. With water hazards on both sides of the green and a challenging distance of 220 yards from the Pro tees, this hole will truly test our golfer's skills. But with proper strategy and club selection based on season-specific factors, they can successfully navigate this difficult par 3.

Teebox type: Pro

Par: 3

Distance: 220 yards

Handicap: 12

Green Area:

15415

Approx Fairway Width:

Has Water:

True

Curvature:

Percent Bunkers Near green:

0

Bunker Count:

1

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

Playing tips for Hole 17 at Giant's Ridge Golf and Ski Resort:

1. Take weather conditions into consideration: During Minnesota's cold winter months, altitude and temperature may impact ball flight conditions. It is wise to take an extra club or two when hitting the tee shot to compensate for potential loss of distance.

2. Use a fairway wood or long iron off the tee: For average golfers who hit a driver ~217 yards off the tee box and can comfortably hit their pitching wedge ~120 yards, we recommend using either a fairway wood or long iron off the tee depending on personal preference and comfort level with each club's accuracy.

3. Be aware of water hazards on both sides of the green: The spacious green area provides room for error, but be careful not to underestimate this hole as there are water hazards on both sides of the green.

4. Consider using longer clubs during Fall/Winter seasons: As temperatures drop and wind speeds increase significantly during Fall/Winter seasons, it may be wise to use longer clubs such as an 8 or even 9 iron in order to compensate for these factors.

5. Choke down slightly if using driver but struggling with longer irons/fairway woods: If you struggle with hitting longer irons or fairway woods off tight lies (such as in Spring), consider using your driver but choking down slightly for better control.

6. Aim accurately towards the green: With only one bunker located off the right side of the green, there is some breathing room when aiming towards it. However, precision is still important in order to avoid finding yourself in trouble near water hazards.

7. Adjust accordingly based on season-specific factors before hitting your shot: Before taking your shot, make sure to adjust accordingly based on specific weather conditions such as warmer air temperatures during Spring/Summer seasons or colder temperatures/wind speeds during Fall/Winter seasons.

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

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