If you want to feel like a golf professional, hit a great approach shot into No. 18 at Lookaway, and you will no doubt be rewarded with applause and cheers from the clubhouse patio—the “superbox” location for watching the finishing hole at this Rees Jones gem. But the second shot to an elevated green is no easy task, so expect a few catcalls or commentary on your game if you miss the target.
A perfect tee shot must be struck to carry an environmental area—and favor the right side of the fairway (aim for the pine tree). The reward for your great drive: a low- to mid-iron home to an uphill green, forced to carry another environmental area to a sloping back to front green. “If you can’t get a good shot into the green, there’s a bailout area left that will enable you to chip on, but usually a player who plays for a 5 here will win the hole or at least halve it,” says head pro Chuck Rininger. “It requires two very precise shots—and then the green provides another challenge with its slope.”
The culmination of a three-hole finishing stretch that is as good as any in golf, this 18th is so visually stunning with the clubhouse high atop the hill, with the inviting clubhouse grill and patio awaiting, you may be hypnotized into forgetting you just made double bogey.
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