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By Leslie Eskildsen | Agent in Mission Viejo, CA

Play Like a Pro! - Coto de Caza North Golf Course Hole Number 3


Coto de Caza's Hole #3 on the North Course, a long Par 4 dogleg right. 

From the Tee

You'll face a strategic choice on the tee - short and safe with a long second shot, or an aggressive drive with risk/reward.  In addition, although it may be easy to hit the fairway, a mediocre shot will leave a very difficult second.  The fairway is very wide, with the ever-present creek and oak trees on the left, and the farther left you go the longer you second shot will be.  From the Blue tees, the fairway ends about 230 yards away as the creek bends in, so the ideal safe shot is a fairway wood or rescue club to the corner on the right edge of the fairway (near the lurking bunker), leaving about 150 yards up the hill to the green.  

The long hitter has the choice of cutting the corner - all up hill, over several bunkers, and flirting with the creek left and OB right.  Minimum carry from the Blue is about 275 up hill to clear the trouble.  High risk, big reward.


The Approach - No Easy Task

 The gigantic green has several defenses.  Anything but a perfect drive will mean a long up-hill approach, possibly a blind approach, or even from a hazard or blocked by over hanging tree branches.  The green is elevated and surrounded by several huge, deep bunkers.   The icing on the cake is the design of the green itself - a low bowl in front surrounded by a large upper tier running all the way from the far left to the far right side.  A significant portion of the green is actually the slope between the upper and lower tiers.

With the pin in front, birdie is always a possiblity - almost any shot will tend to feed back down to the hole.

With the pin in back (left, right or center) par is your goal -  almost any shot, including your putt, will tend to feed back down to the front of the green.

By the Numbers

Coto North #3

Par 4 - Handicap 3

 Black 422
 Gold 409
 Blue 385
 Red 308

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This blog was originally posted by Paul Eskildsen at LeslieEskildsen.com.

Leslie Eskildsen

Realtor, Alera Real Estate
Mission Viejo, CA
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