The 6th hole at St Enodoc
In golf there are holes where the first time experience is etched in one’s memory - forever. The 6th on the Church Course at St. Enodoc clearly ingrains itself permanently on one’s consciousness. The club dates back to 1888 before the renowned architect and golf player extraordinaire James Braid did a major renovation in 1907.
Great architecture usually includes a glorious intersection with Mother Nature and the 6th does this exceptionally well.
The tee shot is central to putting things positively in motion.
Working the ball right-to-left off the tee is the preferred ball flight. The hole does turn in the drive zone and getting to the left side of the fairway opens up one’s approach shot considerably. Those opting out too far right will then have to deal with the dreaded Himalayas bunker - a massive sand pit cut high into a dune roughly 30 feet above the fairway. The word massive cannot be overstated. The sight line from the right is completely blind. One has to trust both one’s club selection, the chosen line of play and any wind speed. In short - the demands are clearly at a rigorous level.
The left side is also protected by a far smaller bunker out of view from the tee and landing there is simply a dead end. Distance control off the tee is paramount. The fairway does run out at 268 yards and the terrain does accentuate a leftward movement so any tee shot with too much of right-to-left bias will find the rough.
Failing to hit the fairway adds a significant amount of complexity. If one’s lie is not especially good - you have to decide if you have the wherewithal to carry over the Himalayas - especially from the right side. There is also a narrow strip of fairway to the left but the emphasis is on the word “narrow.”
The amphitheatre green is also quite finicky - under 3,500 square feet and rejecting anything but shots played with utter precision. The target is relatively narrow and somewhat deep. The key is not having one’s approach finish on the hillsides ringing the green. Being short is not a poor play by any means. The prevailing wind is generally from the north / northwest - so slightly behind.
The fascinating aspect of the hole is how nothing has been touched. It has been the same way for years. The 6th on the Church Course will have you saying one’s prayers and hoping the Almighty is in a listening mood.
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