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Carmel Magazine, Summer/Fall 2018

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Many golfers playing Pebble Beach Golf Links for the first time know about the famous tee shots on holes like the par-3 seventh, which can be difficult due to tricky wind, between-club distances and distracting scenery. The anticipation of hitting shots like this can be as great as playing the course. Photo: Bart Keagy 7. Pitch over the greenside bunker on No. 14: An uphill shot over a huge greenside bunker to a small green requires a different approach than a flat pitch. 8. Left greenside bunker shot on No. 7: This busy bunker tests your mettle with a lip and ocean water staring you in the face. 9. Downhill, side-hill approach shot on No. 10: Awkward lies like this demand that you focus on balance and plan for an inevitable curve to the right. 10. Long bunker shot on No. 17: Need to get plenty of distance out of the sand trap, but not so much that you end up out in the ocean. Based on our many years of observing golfers on the course as both a caddie and teacher, almost all of these shots are present in one form or another on the courses you play. They may not have the Pacific Ocean as a water hazard, but every course has forced carries, side-hill lies, and bunkers. As you play the game, remember the secret to golf is to keep your head still – in other words, a quiet mind. Keep having fun playing the game and keep smiling, since it is fun to be out on the course! Please visit us at the Pebble Beach Golf Academy for more tips to increase your enjoyment level of the game; you can reach us at 831/622-8650. C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 8 113

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