Well fellow golfers, we're back for our fourteenth hole on our Greatest Golf Holesof the Valley's Dream 18. This week takes us back to Trumbull County a we visit one of the area's greatest public golf courses, Yankee Run.
Yankee Run is truly one of this area's public golf gems. Started back around 1940, Yankee Run offers Valley golfers an opportunity to play a golf course that is demanding and always in great shape for a very reasonable fee. Owned by the same McMullen family for three generations, Yankee is one of those golf courses that challenges all aspects of a golfer's game. This week's hole, Yankee's number 18, is a wonderful example of the overall challenges Yankee presents.
From over 430 yards from the back tee, the finishing hole at Yankee is one of those holes that forces golfers to hit quality shots from the tee shot through the last putt. What I like about the hole is it's fairness, difficulty, and placement on the course.
With no gimmicks or trickery, the hole itself is very fair. The tee shot from a slightly elevated tee is hit into a generous fairway that has a somewhat severe rise in the average player's landing area. Golfers that hit it far enough have the ability to carry the rise and leave a much shorter approach into the green, setting up a possible birdie. Average to shorter hitters who find the fairway will probably be left with a longer shot into a severely sloped green. Standing on the tee, you know a good tee shot is necessary for a good finishing score, hitting it is up to you!
From the fairway, golfers are again presented with a fair but difficult shot. With shots anywhere from 225 - 150 yards, golfers will need to control their secnd shot's distance to leave their ball in the right spot to attack the hole. As we've talked about all year, these older courses usually have greens with a back to front slope and this hole is no exception. Keep the ball below the hole on the green and if you do happen to miss the green, TRY to miss it in the right spot so you have a CHANCE to get up and down. Once on the green be agressive with uphill putts and defensive with downhill ones. Because this is the last hole, you'd hate to waste a shot with a three putt! Like so many other great holes, this hole is right there in front of you. It's fair, it's difficult, and it's all up to you to hit the right shots!
So there's fair and difficult, the other thing that I like about this hole is the fact hat it's the last hole on the course. Whether it's for a simple nassau bet, a tournament round, or just a personal best score, golfers who finish their rounds in style at Yankee will know that they certainly earned whatever success their round may bring them. Which brings me to a point that will set up our last four weeks... What makes great finishing holes great? Think about it and we'll visit that topic over our last four weeks!
So there you go fellow golfers. You now know why I love number 18 at Yankee Run. A great golf course with lots of local tradition and a finishing hole that is both challenging and fair. As always, thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts on this week's Greatest Hole and I look forward to reading your thoughts about this or any other golf topic! And please remember, the deadline for our Greatest Golfer of the Valley Tournament is RAPIDLY APPROACHING! Visit the registration page right here on Vindy.com and sign up today!! Until next week friends, Hit 'em Straight!
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