Our series of the Best 18 Holes of Central New York takes us to Chittenango, as we made a stop at the 12th hole at Woodcrest Golf Club.
From the blue tees, the 12th hole is about 512 yards from the pin. It's a straight hole, but the landing area is only about 20-25 feet for most golfers.
"It's a great risk-reward hole," Woodcrest Head Professional Richard Winstead says. "You can hit it about 280 down the center of the fairway and try to get home in two, or you can also play it a little bit safe, hit a three-wood, maybe more conventional hybrid, and then a sand wedge in for your third shot."
That makes it sound easy, and if you watch the video, Winstead did just that. But for other golfers, the challenges of trees lining the fairway and even Route 173 not too far to the left are all in play. The fairway also slopes from right to left in the landing area, pushing golf balls towards the woods, and causing an uneven lie for some second shots.
The green is a tough one too, featuring a spine near the middle that's deceptive, not as fast or slow as golfers think while reading the putt.
CNY Central's Tom Eschen had an adventure on this hole, watch the video to see that as well.