On the Par 3 Jade #3, playing 155 yards from the yellow tees, we took our 5-iron to make sure that we avoided the huge water hazard right of the green. To be extra sure, we aimed left of the flag and played our fade to track right at the flag. We were right on line and landed so close to the hole that everyone was shouting and screaming. Turned out my divot was just a foot right of the hole! Nonetheless, I rolled nine feet past, leaving a slippery right to left breaker for Birdie.
On the turn, our drive went into the right rough and fortunately avoided the fairway bunker. With 135 yards to the pin and water lurking on the left in front of the green, we took a 6-iron to make sure we got on the putting surface. We landed pin high 18 feet left of the hole. Faced with an uphill putt with a left to right break, we gave it a good whack and rolled right into the hole for Birdie.
Played off the blues today with the Hong Kong PGA pros at Discovery Bay. We missed a relatively easy uphill Birdie putt on the Ruby 8 and hoped we would fare better on our last hole for the day. Our drive aimed at the left fairway bunkers and faded nicely back to the middle. Taking the 4-hybrid we aimed for the left bunkers at the 100 yard mark. Knowing we can’t reach them, I shot straight at the bunkers, landed short of them and rode the left to right slope down to the middle of the fairway leaving 137 yards to the back pin. On a slight downhill lie, we aimed left and with our natural fade, I swerved left to right going straight at the flag. We knew it would be good, but didn’t expect it to be that good. I was just six feet from the hole. Taking the line to the right edge of the cup for a slight right to left breaker sealed the Birdie and won the skin. Believe it or not…not one of the pros made a Birdie on that hole! Sweet.
We hit a high one off the tee on this left dog-leg Par 4. I went straight down the middle leaving just 120 yards to the back pin. With a slight downhill lie, we took a 9-iron and got it pin high, just off the green on the left. There was 15 feet to the hole with a left to right break. Taking out the flag we got everything right and knocked it in the hole for Birdie.
This was a short Par 4, only 282 yards from the whites at the Faldo Laguna Lăng Cô Golf Club in Da Nang, Vietnam. We took the 3-wood and hit it over the left bunkers right on the fairway leaving just 74 yards to the pin. With a slight uphill lie we took the 52° wedge and launched a high one right at the flag. I hit the back slope and spun back a bit to get closer to the hole…eight feet to be exact. It was a downhill left to right putt that was executed perfectly. Our first Birdie in Vietnam!