The strategic par-4 6th is one of the most unique holes at our course. Regular golfers at Arroyo Trabuco have numerous ways to play No. 6, everything from hitting a safe mid-iron and playing for position to trying to drive the green and go for eagle. In this blog post, international golf writer Matt Ward takes a look at the design and play of No. 6 and spotlights it as one of the unique holes in Orange County golf. Thanks for stopping by, Matt!
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Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club | Mission Viejo, California | 6th Hole
By Matt Ward
One of the most striking aspects in recent years in golf course design is the inclusion of strategic short par-4’s that can bedevil the fullest range of skill levels. That’s not to say short par-4’s — holes generally less than 350 yards — have not been around since golf’s beginnings. However, the renaissance of such holes has truly added a versatility dimension. Short par-4’s, when designed at a high level, provide temptation for the strongest of players to take the boldest of risk with aggressive play off the tee.
The soundness of such holes means aggressive play is fraught with a degree of risk. Unless the aggressive play is executed at a high level it’s more than likely the net result will be a failure resulting in a far higher score than possibly imagined. On the flip side — such holes allow for a great degree of elasticity. Those opting for a more cautious play at the tee may escape the penalties of a wayward tee shot but are still left to produce an approach shot testing the nerves given the nature of the elusive target being sought.
Arroyo Trabuco is located in Orange County and is blessed with wonderful terrain not encased within a housing development as is often the case with a plentitude of Southern California golf courses.
The par-4 6th plays to a max of 295 yards. On the face of it — the lack of distance — would seem to invite a rash of birdie opportunities. Far from it.
The hole rises roughly 50-60 feet from the teeing area. Those who possess the firepower need to decide how aggressive a line of attack they wish to take. The aggressive line of play mandates handling a blind shot to an unseen landing area. Complicating matters is the presence of a narrow alleyway — roughly 10-15 yards wide commencing at 225 yards off the tee and extending all the way to the putting surface.
The wherewithal to find this narrow strip is quite demanding. The slightest pull will find difficult rough or even be forever lost in no man’s land. The safest route is to play a tee shot that stays short of the alleyway area. Those achieving that are left with an exacting approach shot of less than 100 yards to a diagonally positioned green featuring two distinct levels.
When the pin is cut in the far left or right corners it takes a truly deft touch to settle one’s ball near the pin.
The solid nature of the 6th rests in the range of decisions it forces golfers of all handicap levels to ponder. Every decision is appropriately counterbalanced by a need to execute accordingly. You want the maximum reward? Then take on the highest level of risk. Even if one opts for a lower level of risk you’re still faced with hitting a high quality approach.
So much of modern architecture has pushed difficulty to the forefront in which the strength of the player is the central determining factor. The 6th at Arroyo Trabuco shows how a compelling intersection of various skills can be interwoven in such a solid manner. Those who see 295 yards and believe the likelihood that birdie is a foregone conclusion will quickly find out when the hole pushes back in a very strong and clear manner.
Photo Courtesy of Trevor Meyer
Come on by for a crack at Arroyo Trabuco’s No. 6:
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Celebrate your grad in style with the ranch-style ambiance of our property and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful surrounding scenery of Trabuco Creek and the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.
We’re happy to host an exclusive, private and intimate party of up to 30 for your celebrated student.
For larger celebrations, at 5,600 square feet, our Ballroom provides seating for up to 240 people. Our experienced banquet team can help you plan, answer questions and accommodate requests, including special menu items.
A recent rave to our staff about a grad party, “Thank you so very much for such a beautiful set up! The area was PERFECT, the food was WONDERFUL and your team took the BEST care of our party. Kudos to you all.”
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It’s starting to feel like summer out there, and that’s because Summer is nearly here. How will your kids spend their summer? We’ve got some suggestions for you. Check out these Junior Summer Camps at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.
South County Golf Academy
Join Brian Schippel for great, well-rounded golf programs for ages 3-17 that will keep kids active and engaged.
Camps are designed for all ability levels and will cover all aspects of the game from putting, chipping, pitching, full swing, course management, rules and etiquette, and golf fitness. We have created the best practices for allowing any level of golfer to excel to the next level in a fun and safe environment. Our goal is to make each kid love the game of golf!
Price for the week includes: Range balls, Loaner Golf Clubs (if needed), Prizes, and a whole lot of fun on the golf course!
Camp Dates (Ages 7-17)
Monday – Friday
(8AM- 12 PM)
June 25th – June 29th
July 9th – July 13th
July 23rd – July 27th
August 6th – August 10th
Register and secure your spot, because spots fill up quickly
For more information or questions visit our website, www.SouthCountyGolfAcademy.com
Summer Golf Program for Children ages 7-15
Join Seiko and Aki Matsumura with Matsumura Golf at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club for a fun and engaging summer youth golf program with a flexible schedule.
Want to get your child into golf classes this summer but busy with vacations and family in town? Have your junior come to one class or multiple classes for the months of June and July/August. Studies show that frequent repetition that is spaced out is the most efficient way to learn and is better for long-term retention.
Students of this program will:
- Have fun and enjoy golfing in a comfortable learning environment
- Stay active throughout the summer
- Have the opportunity to do frequent sessions for faster development
- Develop friendships
- Build consistent training habits
- Learn the game of a lifetime
These summer classes also transition into our fall program.
For more information, please click here (https://www.seikoonoue.com/summer-junior-golf-program/) or contact Seiko at 213-587-1434
Aki Matsumura, PGA
Seiko Matsumura, PGA