Ah, the 17th. Our signature hole which unarguably boasts one of the best views from our award-winning golf course, and which is easily underestimated by many an enthusiastic golfer. If you do not keep your wits about you, notorious number 17 can catch you unawares! In this edition, we chat to our golf pros Sports Manager, Warren Abery and Pro Shop Manager Ryan Schierhout to get some inside info on how to make par on the 17th.
About the 17th
The hole is named ‘Isiqhingana’: isiZulu for ‘tiniest island’. When you step on to the tee box, you would understand the reasoning for this. The hole’s uniqueness lies in its short length; it plays only 80m. Unless your pitching is spot on, the 17th can prove one of the biggest challenges on our course. Interestingly enough, though, it has produced a significant number of holes-in-one!
The 17th is a par 3: this means an advanced golfer is expected to need only three strokes to finish – generally, one to get the ball on the green, followed by two putts.
On the 17th
“This hole makes many golfers freeze up,” Warren says, as he sets up his tee. It’s a beaut of a North Coast morning, and the sun has bathed the course in an almost ethereal light as dew twinkles off the grass. “It looks quite imposing, and there’s quite a bit of water all around. But, if you break down the science of the hole and take a moment to carefully consider your shot, it’s an enjoyable hole to play.”
Ryan agrees. “The key to conquering the 17th is knowing your distance. When you’re preparing to take your shot, the first thing to do is figure out the maximum distance you will hit with the short irons. Then, once you’ve tee’d up, commit to the shot, knowing it will fly the distance.”
Warren & Ryan’s Top Tips
And, now that you’ve conquered the 17th…
…please repair your pitch marks. “It’s just good golfing etiquette,” Warren shares. “It takes less than a minute and helps keep our course in a good condition.”