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SIGNATURE HOLES CLICK TO VIEW COURSE LAYOUT booK a tee tiMe the best of the bunch M 4 key holes – and the best way to conquer them onarch Beach stands out on "best of Orange County" rankings for the Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout that requires strategic thinking and shot-making. Take a fresh look at some standout holes that vex and delight golfers, and jot down player notes from PGA General Manager Eric Lohman. no. 3 introduces golfers to the Pacific ocean At first glance, the hole might come across as a cream puff at just "300 yards and some change," Lohman said. "But it's one of the most clever, short par 4s that anyone will ever play with its huge risk-reward dynamic." HOLE 3 PAR 4 315 YARDS The narrow fairway makes a sharp left before galloping to a tiny, tiered green guarded by a deep bunker, out-of-bounds, and a very large water hazard. Many try cutting the corner off the tee to go for the green. That shot carries a high failure rate, particularly since bunkers guard the left side of the fairway. "It's not a hole you can be aggressive on," Lohman said, noting that the ocean breeze can often affect ball flight. "Making par and getting out of there is a smart move." at 612 yards, no. 7 is the course's longest hole The par-5 also is the No. 1 handicap hole. Hitting over Salt Creek is required not once, but twice – on your drive and with your approach shot. The narrow, undulating fairway slopes down toward the creek. Forget about bailing out right, as bunkers and a steep grass embankment area lie in wait. "You have to hit a really good drive and then decide whether to lay up on the right or left side," Lohman said. "A poor drive may end up in an area not conducive to laying up." The experienced golfer who makes it over the creek in two won't find a cakewalk to the green. Another stretch of narrow fairway makes getting there difficult. The approach shot must be spot on, lest it be repelled ' TO BOOK A TEE TIME, CALL (949) 240-8247 • CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR TEE TIME APP

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