Chestfield Golf Club

Hole 13
White: 410 Yds Par 4
Yellow: 352 Yds Par 4
Red: 303 Yds Par 4


Hole 13

I am going to get straight onto the 'secret' about the 13th. I doubt many of you have realised or noticed just how extreme this fact about the 13th is so I am going to demonstrate it now. Next time you are near the 13th green I want you to turn round and look at the tees. Don't just look at the front tee, look at the new top 'white' tee. Guess what? You can see the flat playing area - you're looking down on it! But that tee is elevated maybe 20 feet above the ladies tee and the front of the fairway so we must then be talking about a rise of some 25 feet up the length of the hole. I say most of you won't have realised this only because it took me several years to.
From the new back tee the hole measures 410 yards but has the elevated tee. However, it isn't as elevated as you think because of the rise that I have mentioned. So you get very little advantage off the tee but you do now have an uphill shot that everyone, again, comes up short on. So the tip is simple - more club, always, but that is only to get you to the green. You don't actually want to go long here because of the green which slopes back-to-front. Many of you, who struggle to get here in two, would be wise to deliberately lay up as with the 7th and then leave yourself a short pitch.
Just remember to take the slope into consideration. I said I liked this hole and I certainly do - out of bounds right keeps us thinking and the big tree on the left, which should be avoidable, often seems to get in the way! Then you have a fair but difficult approach with a slopey green. A very good, testing hole.

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