7th Hole at Glenlakes Golf Club
Risk reward par 5 holes are always enticing prospects and there is no better example on the Gulf Coast than the 7th at Glenlakes Golf Club in Foley. At 521 yards from the black tees, an accurate tee-shot will leave you with a decision as to whether you want to hit your approach shot across water to an almost island green.
A solitary tree close to the lake is another challenge that may prevent you from hitting the shot of a lifetime over the water, and you may have to revert to a layup before leaving a 100-yard shot into the green. Whether you opt to take the risk, or take the safe approach, this is a challenging hole regardless of your decision. Walk away from this hole with a par 5 and it will likely feel like a birdie for many!
17th Hole at Kiva Dunes
One of the best par 3 holes along this stretch of Alabama coastline is the breathtaking 17th at Kiva Dunes. When you think about iconic par 3’s around the world, the 17th at TPC Sawgrass likely springs to mind with the island green. While the 17th at Kiva Dunes isn’t quite as daunting given the space to the right, the fact that this is 200+ yards from the back tees creates a unique challenge, especially when the pin location is in the back left.
A safe approach will leave you bailing out to the right side of the green, while those that find their adrenaline pumping may dare to hit directly at the pin despite water lining the left side of the hole. This is certainly the ultimate “scorecard wrecker,” so leaving this green with a par is an accomplishment every golfer will be satisfied with.
8th Hole at Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club
Peninsula Golf Club is home to three distinctive courses, each with a collection of holes that offer unique challenges. One of the most challenging is the 8th hole at the Cypress course. A par 5 that measures over 600 yards from the back tees, this hole not only requires accuracy from the tee box but also on the second shot to ensure that you have the perfect angle to approach a difficult, undulating green protected by bunkers.
Water hazards are on both sides of the fairway, so this is the ultimate three shot par 5 that requires your attention with each shot. Putting on this complex green makes a two putt a welcome reward and you will hopefully walk to the 9th tee with your scorecard still intact.