Here is a comparison of the original hole and the
Pictured to the right is the
original green. Long hitters would go for the green
in two shots particularly if the pin is on the left
side of the green. Otherwise it is best to layup
short of the bunker that is in the approach area
leaving a short pitch shot to the green.
The pond to the right of the
second landing area and the green probably
encouraged conservative play since it is a par 5
We wanted to keep the green elevated in order to
screen from view as much as possible the homes in
Again, the angle of approach is important. Someday
we hope to have the fairway out to the right in the
area where there are presently some small trees,
near the pond. This is a good angle from which to
approach the right half of the green. The picture to
the right is approximately from the right edge of
the fairway. The right half of the green is
receptive to a shot from this angle. The left half
of the green slopes away from the angle so it will
be more difficult to hold a shot from this angle.
The left half of the green is best approached
anywhere from the fairway alongside the left side of
the green. There is a steep slope ascending to the
green from the swale in the fairway where the
picture to the right was taken. It will be a
delicate shot but the left half of the green is very
receptive to shots coming in from this angle. The
player may even choose to putt the ball rather than
chip off of the tight fairway lie. The right half of
the green descends toward the pond and away from
this approach angle making this a very difficult
angle from which to approach any pin positions along
the right half of the green.
As noted above, the putting surface slopes two
different directions roughly along a ridge line
through the middle of the green from front to back.
The left half of the green slopes toward the fairway
at about 3% and the right half of the green slopes
toward the pond at about 1%.
bump in the ridge near the front of the green makes
it difficult to pitch to pin positions along the
right half of the green. The bump can be seen here
approximately in the middle of the picture.
The slope between the green and
the pond will be fairway. A careless shot that
touches this slope will certainly find the pond.
The fairway line along the left side
shall stay well to the left to encompass all of the
broken ground left of the green. The line shall be
far enough to the left so that a rolling ball that
goes down the slope will still come to rest on
fairway at the bottom of the slope.
The fairway line shall be well to the
left of the green, well left of the bottom of the
The fairway line shall continue along
the back of the green and tie into the right side of
the green where the low pocket is located to the
right of the back, right of the green.
The fairway line along the right side
shall stay close to the pond. It shall continue at
the bottom of the slope next to the green, and
remain near the pond. It shall remain near the pond
and completely encompass the low area behind the
To the right are some recent pictures of RocaGolf
preparing the green for grassing. Grassing should
begin the second week of April. This view is from
the fairway with the ridge and swale between the
viewer and the green. As mentioned above this is a
difficult angle from which to approach pin positions
along the right half of the green because of the
ridge that divides the green.
Here is a view from farther away. The steep ascent
from the fairway to the green will require a very
precise approach shot. There are no bunkers on this
par 5 green, but the broken ground around and
through the green will make it most challenging.