Hole 12 -- LWW Signature Hole with Open-arms Oak
A long par 4 with interesting shots from tee to green

Posted October 9, 2008
2008, Herbert E. Lindberg

The white tee is at 364 yards, which makes a long hole for many retired folks.  The length is accentuated by a pond in front of the green, so a lay up is needed which takes away yards from a second shot.  An ideal lay up leaves about 70 yards for an easy pitch to the green.  The top of a knoll in front of the pond is at 55 yards to the center of the green -- anything farther rolls into the pond.

The wide fairway provides an easy tee shot target.  Severely errant balls to the left go into another pond along side the fairway.  Modest hitters must be concerned with the trees on the right, but young bucks just go over these. The red tee is at 330 yards, making second-shot approaches to the green possible.  The black tee is about even with the first clump of trees on the right, so a good tee shot gives a short iron approach shot, much the same as the young bucks get with a booming drive from the white or blue tee.

This is a view from the knoll in front of the pond. The open-arms dead oak dressed in climbing vines makes this the signature hole at Lake Wildwood.  It is a beautiful hole with a narrow front-to-back green which requires accurate approach shot distance. 

Closer view of the open-arms oak

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