The toughest golf hole at Myrtle Point Golf Club
Golf has taught me many things. Respect, honesty, integrity, patience, competitiveness, and it has also introduced me to some of my best friends.
I was blessed to play at such a great golf course growing up with some of the best mentors a guy could ask for–Ian McMurray, Rob Bryce, and Dave Court to name a few. These guys would take time to chaperone us on our golf trips and put up with us as the excitement of travel got us hyper on the ferry.
I took up the game of golf at age 14 when Myrtle Point Golf Club was just getting up and running and it was busy almost every day. I took on a job at the course that involved washing power carts and picking the driving range. The best part about the job was that it included free golf! I began playing and practicing until sunset almost every day that I could. Looking back, I realize just how lucky I was to have such an amazing golf course and practice area.
I’m not sure how many times I’ve played Myrtle Point… I’m sure it’s in the hundreds, maybe more. I have many fond memories of Myrtle Point and I have some favourite holes where I always fared pretty well, but there was always two or three holes that gave me trouble.
The toughest hole…for me
It got me to thinking… what is the hardest hole at Myrtle Point? For me, it has always been #2. The strongest part of my game has always been my short game, and #2 requires a hefty tee shot. The longer hitters can simply smash it over the corner of the water, leaving a short wedge to the green. For me, I had to lay up to the corner. This resulted in some shots going left and into the drink, and also some that faded slightly and left a long second shot to the well protected green. It’s an easy approach shot with a wedge, but I can’t count the number of times I have had to blast a 5-wood for my second shot. Tricky indeed. I definitely made more bogeys than pars on #2 and then had to grind to salvage a decent round. There was an occasional birdie on number two, but they were few and far between.
I have had the opportunity to play most of the golf courses in B.C., including up and down Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan. Myrtle Point stacks up against all of them. I will always hold a special place in my heart for that golf course and I always look forward to the chance to get back and play. Except number 2. That damned number 2.
Which hole at Myrtle Point do you think is the most difficult? Some notables for me are #5 (which I’ve got the hang of now) and #10.
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