Yellowstone Country Club Hole by Hole - 16th Hole

Yellowstone Country Club, Montana

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Hole 16 at Yellowstone Country Club is a challenging par 5 that requires strategic thinking and precise execution. Located in Billings, Montana, this hole plays from the Championship tees with a distance of 555 yards and a handicap of 8.

The fairway on Hole 16 measures approximately 41 yards wide, providing ample room for tee shots to find the short grass. However, golfers should be mindful of the slight dogleg left that can make it difficult to reach the green in two shots.

One key factor to consider when approaching this hole is the local weather conditions. At an altitude of over 3,000 feet above sea level, balls will fly slightly farther than normal due to thinner air. In addition, wind gusts can be common throughout all four seasons in Billings which may impact ball flight and club selection.

For an average golfer hitting driver ~217 yards off the tee box, a well-placed drive down the center or right side of the fairway could set up a potential opportunity for reaching this lengthy par 5 in two shots. However, if accuracy is not your strong suit off the tee box or if you are facing tough weather conditions such as high winds or cold temperatures during winter months (which may decrease ball carry), it may be wise to lay up with an iron shot instead.

As you approach your second shot towards Hole 16's green area measuring just under half an acre at around ~5496 square feet total size - keep in mind there are seven bunkers strategically placed along both sides of its narrow entrance point leading into one large putting surface surrounded by greenside bunkers as only about %1 percent coverage compared across other holes on course layout here at Yellowstone Country Club (5383). This means any errant approaches could easily end up finding one these hazards resulting in added difficulty getting out onto putting surface itself where scoring opportunities might otherwise have been available otherwise without having to deal with bunker shots.

For those who do manage to reach the green in two, a pitching wedge ~120 yards or 7 iron ~140 yards will be needed for an approach shot. The green itself is relatively flat and offers little undulation, making it easier to read and putt compared to other holes on the course.

In summary, Hole 16 at Yellowstone Country Club demands accuracy off the tee box, strategic thinking on your second shot, and precise execution around the green. With careful planning and club selection based on weather conditions and personal strengths as a golfer (such as driving distance), this hole can offer up opportunities for birdies or even an elusive eagle. Good luck!

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 555 yards

Handicap: 8

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Slight dogleg

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

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1. Take note of the local weather conditions and how they may affect your shots, such as thinner air at higher altitudes and potential wind gusts.

2. Aim for a drive down the center or right side of the fairway to set up a potential opportunity for reaching the green in two shots.

3. Consider laying up with an iron shot if accuracy off the tee is not your strength or if facing tough weather conditions that may decrease ball carry.

4. Be aware of the seven strategically placed bunkers along both sides of the narrow entrance point leading into one large putting surface on this hole.

5. Use a pitching wedge (~120 yards) or 7 iron (~140 yards) for an approach shot towards this relatively flat green with little undulation.

6. Plan carefully and select clubs based on personal strengths, such as driving distance, to take advantage of scoring opportunities on this challenging par 5 hole at Yellowstone Country Club.

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

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