Carbon Country Club golf course, hole 17 and 18
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While par threes are normally known for being short, the 17th hole of the Carbon Country Club golf course is notoriously known for its length.
According to head pro Tom King, it is one of the hardest par three holes in the state.
"In tournaments, that hole plays at least half a shot harder," he pointed out.
Players are usually hitting with the wind on the par three, aiding with its 250 yard length from the blue tees.
However, if the wind turns during a round, players can usually forget about birdie or even par.
"Making a par is a great score," King indicated. "Twos are hard to come by."
Because such long irons or even woods are used from the tee box, control is always an issue.
King advises that players aim for the center of the green and should be happy with a two putt for par.
Bunkers surround the two-tier green, with a unique "pot bunker" looming toward the back. Be aware of a slight left to right slope.
This fun but challenging hole will make players eager to advance to 18th for a final chance at birdie.
According to King, the 18th hole more closely follows the theme of the back nine: short par fours.
The narrow hole is 317 yards from the blue tees and gives long hitters the chance to drive the green.
The correct tee shot is essential to success on the final hole of the back nine.
"A good tee shot will set up a good 18th hole," King stated.
The smart tee shot is a two iron to the center of the fairway, leaving approximatley 130 yards.
Miss hits to the right will leave players downhill in long grass, while an errant shot to the left will leave golfers "climbing the hills like a goat".
Players also need to make sure all tee shots get airborne. Any worm burners out of the tee box will skip directly into the wash that fronts the tees.
Be mindful that the fairway bottlenecks as it approaches the green.
The 18th green is cupped by two bunkers on the front right. The most difficult pin placement for the green is back right because it is hard to reach.
Otherwise, the flat green is straight forward and gives players and excellent opportunity to finish the day with a birdie.