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The 15th hole on Teeth of the Dog is the first scenic hole on the back 9 holes. This is my favorite hole in all of Casa de Campo’s 90 holes of golf. When you finish the 14th hole, you have to take a quite long golf cart ride past Oscar de la Renta’s old estate and between the tall bamboo trees, but once you see the so called “light at the end of the tunnel” you are blessed with what I think is the most beautiful view in the world.
Even though this hole is fairly short, we have the Caribbean Sea to the right and this can cause some anxiety. If you follow the tips below, I can guarantee you will walk away from this hole with a better score. Remember that course management and paying attention to your mental game are much more important than a long tee shot or a beautiful swing.
1.) TEE SHOT
The tee shot on the 15th Hole of Teeth of the Dog is probably the most crucial for your round. If you are a medium or long ball hitter, the bunkers come into play for you, so don’t select your driver! Tee off with a hybrid or long iron. The fairway becomes narrow as you get to the green. If you chose a hybrid or long iron, block off the right side of the fairway. Given it is a shorter hole, there is no reason to land on the bunker of water on the right.
2.) APPROACH SHOT
“Short and Left”. Short and left is your best and only option, no matter where the pin is positioned. This is a par hole! Do not try to outdo yourself and go for any tucked pins. The drop zones are not forgiving.
3.) AROUND THE GREEN
This is a very wide green with many pin placements, so distance control from the fairway is important. However, I will give you the best bullet point tips from the two most popular areas from which people miss:
• Wide stance
• Open club face
• Swing with some speed
• Hit the sand 2 to 4 Inches behind the ball
Deep Grass Bunker Over the Green:
• Use the Putter or a hybrid
• Putting stance and grip
• Give a little extra width to the stroke
• Make sure you hit it hard enough to make it onto the green and not too hard to hit it into the water or bunker
Apply these tips to enjoy your round and shoot lower scores! For these and other tips, join me for a clinics or putting lesson with your friends.
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*The “Golf Tips” by Eric Lillibridge series of articles is a re-print of “Conquering Casa’s Most Challenging Holes”, published in every edition of Casa de Campo Living Magazine-guide, the ultimate resource for everything to do in the Casa de Campo resort – from sports, to dining, to just admiring the views and the nature!