Best Finishing Holes: Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, Ocean View, DE

534 yards, par 5

Bear Trap Dunes has three nine-hole layouts, and there are three potential finishing holes. But the final hole on the Grizzly Course “roars a little louder than the rest,” says head pro Neil Maurer. “This hole is a risk-reward par 5—a dogleg right with bunkers guarding the entire left side of the fairway. Longer hitters choose to take it up the right side to avoid the bunkers, with hopes of reaching the green in two with a long iron or hybrid. If you choose to take the traditional route of straight up the fairway, you still have a chance to hit the green with fairway wood of some type. Water runs down the entire left side of the hole, and heavy sand bunkering surrounds the left side of the green, with deep rough protecting the right side. Members call this the trickiest green on the property, with the second half of it sloping away from you, making it hard to hold anything higher than a wedge.”
Best of luck to all who choose to tame this “bear” of a hole.

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