There are two strategies that, executed properly, can lead the round off with a stress-free par or maybe a birdie.
The first, take a driver over the trees on this dogleg left with about a 240-yard carry if on correct line. This has the reward of a chip shot onto a sloped back to the front green. Sounds enticing! Thing is, it’s a blind landing area that has funny kicks. There’s the irrigation pond just left of the green and then if you’re a little right, it could run across the fairway through the rough and into trees.
The second is a 185 yard carry down the middle, avoiding the fairway bunker at the 210-yard range. This will put you just inside the 150-yard marker. A “member’s bounce” will go left and get closer. You’re left with an elevated second shot looking at the Northumberland Strait and a very receptive green.
So which one will you choose?