Our 18 Holes of Central New York series takes us to Marcellus, where the 7th Hole at the Sunset Ridge Golf Club is a daunting task. From the back tees, the hole can play 651 yards at its longest. For the average golfer, the middle tees are still long, about 580 yards.
It's a dogleg right, and Head Golf Professional Michael Morschauser says there are a few options when the golfer is on the tee.
"If the wind's in your face you're really not going to get an opportunity to get home in two on this hole," he says. "You really are going to want to play it down the left hand side with a fade just to make sure you stay in the fairway, because the rough comes up quick down the left side. Now if it was a day in which it was downwind and you had an option to possibly get there in two, you really want to take it over the trees down the right hand side with a little bit of a draw."
After that, the hole stays just as difficult, as the fairway narrows about 150 yards and in, with trees lining both sides as you get closer to the hole, making approach shots difficult. If that isn't enough, the green slopes from front to back, meaning those approach shots get even harder to stick on the green.
Morschauser and CNY Central's Tom Eschen played the hole, and one was able to escape with a par, while the other ended up with a bogey. Watch the video to find out who did better on this tough hole.
The combination of the tough distance, difficult approach shot and finishing with a tricky green is why #7 at Sunset Ridge Golf Club is one of the best 18 holes in Central New York.