Washtenaw Golf Club Fifth Hole April 21, 2022

Washtenaw Golf Club Fifth Hole April 21, 2022

It was a gorgeous April day in Michigan. I could think of no finer place to spend the afternoon than at Washtenaw Golf Club.

The fifth is a 411 yard par 4 that has been greatly improved under the guidance of architect Ray Hearn with the removal of trees to the front left of the green.

My second shot ended up in that area today. A couple of years ago, a miss left was a two-shot penalty at best. Trees on that side generally required a punch out of jail before you had a clear line to the green.

With the removal of the tree jail, my miss left still required a deft touch with a wedge, but was not insurmountable.

I blew it anyway, rolling my shot across the narrow green into an adjacent bunker.

But at least I had a chance.

My wedge play is not at all where I need it to be at the moment. Because I am not a long hitter, I cannot afford to waste shots around the green. Right now, I’m wasting them.

On the bright side, I’m putting very well at the moment. I sank several long putts today to save par, and a couple more to save bogey.

I also holed out on a forty-yard shot, putting with a hybrid on the par five third for a birdie.

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