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Yellowstone Country Club Hole by Hole - 5th Hole

Yellowstone Country Club, Montana

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Welcome to the 5th hole at Yellowstone Country Club, a challenging par 3 that measures 196 yards from the championship tees. With a handicap of 15, this hole may seem intimidating but with the right strategy and club selection, you can conquer it.

Located in Billings, Montana at an altitude of approximately 3,200 feet above sea level, this course offers unique playing conditions throughout the year. In the summer months (June-August), expect warm temperatures with occasional gusts of wind that may affect ball flight. The fall season (September-November) brings cooler temperatures and crisp air which can increase distance on your shots. Winter (December-February) is cold and snowy here so be prepared for slower greens and shorter distances due to colder temperatures. Finally, in spring (March-May), expect mild weather with potential for rain showers.

As you approach the tee box on Hole #5, take note of two well-placed bunkers guarding either side of the green. These greenside bunkers make up only 1% of total bunker coverage on this hole but don't let that fool you - they are strategically placed to challenge even experienced golfers.

With an average driving distance of about 217 yards off the tee box using a driver club, I recommend taking out your trusty long iron or hybrid instead as there is no need to risk landing in one of those pesky bunkers off such a big swing.

For your approach shot onto this large green measuring over 7,000 square feet in area, use your mid-to-short irons depending on how far away from pin placement you land after your drive. For example if you hit around ~140 yards with a seven iron then aim for just left or right center slightly short before pitching onto green using wedge (~120 yard range).

Remember: stay focused and confident while approaching Hole #5 at Yellowstone Country Club as it's not always how far you hit but where you land that counts. Good luck!

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 3

Distance: 196 yards

Handicap: 15

Green Area:

7063

Approx Fairway Width:

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Percent Bunkers Near green:

1

Bunker Count:

2

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

1. Take note of the altitude and seasonal conditions: With an elevation of 3,200 feet above sea level, the ball will travel slightly farther in the fall season due to cooler temperatures and crisp air. In summer, be prepared for occasional gusts of wind that may affect ball flight.

2. Use a long iron or hybrid off the tee: With bunkers guarding either side of the green, it is best to play it safe and use a long iron or hybrid instead of a driver which could potentially land you in trouble.

3. Aim for center-left or center-right on your approach shot: Depending on your driving distance, aim for just left or right center before pitching onto the green with a wedge. This will help avoid those strategically placed greenside bunkers.

4. Don't focus on distance alone: It's not always about how far you hit but where you land that counts. Stay focused and confident while approaching this challenging par 3.

5. Consider using a lower trajectory shot: With potential gusts of wind in summer months, consider using a lower trajectory shot to keep your ball from being affected by strong winds.

6. Pay attention to pin placement: The large green measuring over 7,000 square feet means there could be some tricky pin placements depending on where you land after your drive. Adjust your club selection accordingly.

7.Beware of slower greens in winter months: During winter (December-February), expect colder temperatures which can result in slower greens and shorter distances.

8.Practice precision shots around the green beforehand: To prepare for any potential challenges around this large green with limited bunker coverage, practice precision shots with wedges beforehand so you are comfortable executing them during gameplay.

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

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