Donnie’s Friday Focus: Morris Williams back-nine

Last Friday, I focused on how to maneuver through the front-nine at Morris Williams G.C. Today we’ll take a look at the back-nine and I’ll tell you the places to want to be, and places you want to avoid on your way to a successful round.

#10 Tee

#10: par 4 406 yds.
There’s no tricks on this drive. You have to hit a straight ball of the tee. The fairway is fairly wide, but you have trees and water on either side so keep your drive as straight as you can. The rest of the hole is extremely open and easy.

#10 Green

There’s a lot of room around the green and no bunkers. If you pull your uphill approach far left, the street may come into play but you would have to be way off target to reach it. The green is flat and easy to putt. If you avoided trouble off the tee, this hole is yours for the taking.

#11 Tee

#11: par 5 486 yds.
In my opinion, this is the most difficult hole on the golf course. That doesn’t mean you can’t score well, it just means you’ll have to earn it. The tee-shot is partially blind because the hole drops significantly down the hill and doglegs right. Aim toward the double power lines in the distance and let it rip if you want a chance to make it over the creek in two.

#11 Green

Even if you decide to lay-up on your second shot, the lay-up is difficult because there’s not a lot of room in between the bottom of the hill and the water. Be careful with your distance. The green is all the way back up the hill and guarded by two front bunkers that are deep. The green itself slopes from back-left to front-right. If you make birdie you should be proud, but even walking away with par on this hole is as good as a birdie on others.

#12 Tee

#12: par 3 196 yds.
Another scenic par 3, #12 is on the side of a hill that rolls sharply toward the woods. You must clear the creek and avoid the woods on the right.

#12 Green

However, even if your tee-shot is left of the green and safe from the hazards, you’ll still have a nasty chip or pitch shot on a fast J-shaped green that rolls hard right down the hill and toward the trees. Trust your swing and do your best to land the ball on the surface.

#13 Tee

#13: par 4 337 yds.
This hole is where course experience pays off. What I’m about to tell you sounds crazy but take my advice and watch everyone else lose their balls. Aim for the trees straight in front of you. They are situated on a mound that will naturally kick your ball right to a narrow fairway at the bottom of the mound and you’ll be left with a 100 yd. shot into the green.

#13 Green

If you try to squeeze your way with a draw into the fairway, you’ll either end up in the woods on the right, hitting it past the narrow fairway and into the woods or pulling it left behind the trees with no chance of reaching the green. Aim toward the mound and roll the dice. The green is guarded by water on the front-left and deep woods guard the right and back. Hit a high draw and bail-out long and left if necessary.

#14 Tee

#14: par 3 175 yds.
There’s not a lot of danger on this par three. The water is literally right in front of you and posses no threat barring a complete duff off the tee.

#14 Green

The path to the green is straight and uphill and the surface itself is flat with no bunkers and plenty of room around the edges. This is a simple hole. Take advantage.

#15 Tee

#15: par 4 376 yds.
This hole doglegs right and downhill. Aim for the cart path off the tee and hit a high fade allowing your ball to roll down to the bottom of the hill.

#15 Green

From there, you’ll have a 100 yd. uphill shot the green. This green is unguarded but slightly two-tiered. The low-point of the green is on the front-right. Depending on pin position, try to stay below the hole giving yourself an uphill put to the pin.

#16 Tee

#16: par 4 409 yds.
If you have a draw in your swing repertoire, this is the time to showcase it. This hole doglegs very sharply to the left and you’re faced with trees on the left and right off the tee.

#16 Green

The fairway slopes from left to right so if you can’t draw the ball, aim toward the left of the fairway because the slope is going to inevitably bring your ball to the right. Your approach is slightly uphill to another unguarded green. The surface funnels toward the middle from the front and back. If you avoid trouble off the tee, the rest of the hole should be a breeze.

#17 Tee

#17: par 5 503 yds.
This is another partially blind tee-shot that rolls to the bottom of a hill. Aim just left of the big tree and remember a miss left is better than a miss right. The trees are much more dense on the right.

#17 Green

Your second shot is completely blind back up the hill toward the green. Once you get up there, the narrow green is turtle-backed with sand on the left. Judge your distance carefully when approaching this green to avoid rolling off the sides if you miss the surface.

#18 Tee

#18: par 4 415 yds.
You’ve made it to the 18th tee and you’re rewarded with the widest fairway on the course. The fairway slopes from left to right but there’s plenty of room on both sides for you to grab your driver one last time and send him off on a glorious note.

#18 Green

The green is fairly narrow so don’t get caught in the bunker on the left. You wont have very much green to work with at all and the surface rolls off the right making it very difficult to stop your bunker shot on the green. It’s better to be short or long with your approach to the 18th and final green.

Next Friday: front-nine at Jimmy Clay G.C.

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