Posted July 8, 1999
RALEIGH — In 1996, Raleigh'sWildwood Greenimproved their golf course by renovating several holes. WRAL's Jeff Gravley found that one of the most drastic changes was on hole 5, which was lengthened to a 441 yard, par 4 with a few more hazards to navigate.
"There is a creek that runs down the right-hand side, so if you hit your ball down the right-hand side of the fairway, more than likely, it's going to kick towards the water, and very possibly go in the water," says course pro Jason Cox. "Optimum position is to aim it down the left-hand side of the fairway, and just let the hill take it to the middle of the fairway."
Well, Jeff hit the ball a little too far to the left, and it's hard to get any kind of roll when you trim the trees.
"You're about 225 to the middle of the green," Cox said. "The pin is up front and it's downhill, so it's going to play a little shorter, or you can lay up to the left-hand side and it'll leave you with about a 100 yard shot left."
Jeff would get all kinds of grief if he laid up on the Dream 18. Thank goodness the green was forgiving short and long, just not left or right. Jeff's ball just kept on rolling to the back fringe, and it was a long pitch to the flag.
Cox played the hole like you should with a wedge into the elongated green. His gift of golf was good enough to bring him home with a par.
Jeff was shot by the bogey-man, but what a memorable way to play the par 4, 5th hole.
For tee times or more information, call(919) 846-5380. Reporter:Jeff Gravley