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Tobacco Road Golf Club – Signature Hole

Tobacco Road - Par Three 14th hole

Identifying a signature hole at Tobacco Road is a tricky ordeal as every hole on this stunning Mike Strantz design is distinctly unique. Nonetheless, as the only hole on the property that brings water into play, this long par three into a two-tiered green requires extra attention off the tee.

The further back and right the pin is, the more treacherous the shot becomes from the elevated teeing ground. That being said, successfully navigating this hole simply requires picking the right club and making a committed swing. Like all the holes the brilliant Mike Strantz designed at Tobacco Road, it’s far more visually intimidating than it actually plays.

Lonnie Poole Golf Course – Short Par 3 Eighth

Lonnie Poole Golf Course - Par 3 Eighth

A short, uphill par 3 hole at Lonnie Poole that leaves the golfer with an excellent par or birdie chance. This well-designed hole accepts a well-struck shot, but judging wind and distance off the tee is crucial. Missing the hole long when the pin is in the front will leave you with a dicey downhill putt. Hitting it short and crooked into one of the front bunkers makes for a long and difficult sand shot.

I’ve always enjoyed playing this little hole that usually ranges from 120 to 160 yards. Getting out of here with a par or birdie can settle you down and give you a shot of momentum as you make the turn.


Karl Vilips: Lessons Learned From a Golf Phenom

Paul Vilips isn’t the sort of person you actually interview. Rather, you make the suggestion of a question and you brace yourself for whatever direction his precise memory and unrelenting candor might lead you. The father of Karl Vilips, arguably the best 15-year-old golfer in the nation according to both Golfweek and the World Amateur Golf Ranking, can talk about…

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The A Swing: An Interview With David Leadbetter

If the game of golf handed out some sort of longevity award, David Leadbetter would be among only a handful of instructors meriting the honor. Although technically considered a modern teaching professional, Leadbetter has been analyzing golf swings for nearly 40 years. I’d venture to guess he’s conducted tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of lessons during that…

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24 Hours With Hogan Arey, College Golfer

Growing up in the small town of Corvallis, Oregon, Hogan Arey always assumed that playing college golf for Oregon State University was a foregone conclusion. The reasons were abundant. The 400-acre Oregon State campus looms large over downtown Corvallis. Trysting Tree Golf Club, where Hogan learned to play has doubled as the Beavers practice facility since the club’s groundbreaking in…

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