Hole 7

Hole 7

The par-4 seventh is a long dogleg left that many would argue is Roblin Golf and Country Club’s toughest hole. There is no question that it makes par elusive. In fact, on most days, it feels like making birdie if you do happen to get up and down in four. Back, middle, and forward tees are on the same extended tee box, which offers no reprieve in trying to land a safe ball. Two different communications towers on the horizon provide good target lines, depending on how much risk you’re prepared to wager. Most golfers aim at the big tower and try for the safe shot straightaway to the corner, in which case you’ll need to carry (220) yards to get down the ridge and past the first wave of trouble. But if your shot is long, you’ll be hitting from rough amongst trees. If your ball lands beyond that, you’ll have flown into hazard. The higher risk/reward tee shot has you aiming at the smaller, more distant tower further left. If you hit that line and carry (250) yards, you’ll land around the inside of the dogleg where the fairway opens up considerably, giving you a chance to birdie. But that’s a big “if”! Poplars crowd the inside line from the tee box all the way down to the dogleg itself, where you’ll find rough and even more poplars and spruce scattered around at the bottom of the ridge on the left. Trees and rough follow just inside the hazard on the right side of the fairway, from the dogleg all the way up to the green.