Northumberland Links Golf Nova Scotia

Strategy – Hole #14, Grim Reaper

By cultural definition ..A figure commonly used to represent death. The Grim Reaper is a skeleton or solemn-looking man carrying a scythe, who cuts off people’s lives as though he were harvesting grain.
So there you have it……this hole can slice and dice a good round like the aforementioned Reaper’s scythe.

Why so scary?

The tee shot demands accuracy. As you stand on the tee, you look slightly right and there’s water, left there is the ocean crashing against the shoreline, a smartly placed bunker and 3 large mounds covered in fescue. To suggest trouble is lurking is to describe Freddy Kruger as having sharp fingernails.

So let’s get to it. Aim left of center with whatever club you have confidence. If long enough to reach bunker or mounds on left, you’ll still live to hit another shot. Too far left or long left, and there is a penalty area running parallel to the Strait.

Second shot requires the player to place the ball somewhere left of the green looking down the fairway. Distance isn’t always rewarded as the fairway runs out and away into heavy rough.

The angle into this green is of the utmost importance. If you’re inside the 150-yard marker on the short stuff, you have the chance to hit the elevated green and hold it. It slopes from back to front. A shot long will put you on defense. Getting the ball close from back of green or longer will be a stringent test. Bunkers in front and one long….along with fescue mounds, protect the putting surface. A two putt here for any score on this hole will be a good two putt…..period.

Everyone faces the Grim Reaper. Be brave and try not to let it keep you up at night!!!