When one mentions the Sunbrook Golf Course, the first thing that likely comes to mind is No. 13, the island green hole, perhaps the most famous hole in Utah.
Actually the Sunbrook course is full of great holes and will add even more later this summer when a new nine opens north of the present course.Today we're not going to tell you about the island hole, nor the one right after it, the difficult 441-yard 14th hole, one of the toughest holes in the state.
Rather, our hole of the week is the shortest par-4 on the entire course - No. 5 - a seemingly harmless hole that only measures around 300 yards from the middle tees and just 320 from the black tees.
It may look benign on the scorecard, as a short dogleg-left hole, but it's the kind of hole that can ruin your round before you're even halfway through the front nine.
You see, No. 5 is one of those "sucker holes" that humble those golfers who think they can hit the ball as far as Tiger Woods and refuse to leave their driver in the bag. With a sharp dropoff along the left side, the chances are great your ball will be deposited down below if you attempt to drive the green, which is less than 300 yards as the crow flies.
"The better players have a tendency to think they can knock it on," says Sunbrook head pro Reed McArthur.
Standing on the tee, you're at the highest point on the course with a spectacular view of the redrock hills north of St. George and Snow Canyon to the northwest. But don't get distracted by the splendid view and forget your task at hand.
Everything around the hole is OB - out of bounds - which should make any golfer think twice about going for it all off the tee. Unlike a lateral water hazard, where you can drop the ball close to where it goes in, an out of bounds shot means a player who hits it off the cliff will be hitting three from the tee.
The smartest play, according to McArthur, is a three- or four-iron off the tee or perhaps a 5- or 7-wood for the higher handicap golfer, straight down the middle of the fairway.
"That leaves you with 100 to 120 yards in to the hole," says McArthur. "If you cut off more, you'll be left with a downhill shot of 50 to 60 yards and that's a tougher shot."
Golfers who hit it straight, but a little long, will have to watch out for a couple of fairway traps that eat up balls and make the approach to a narrow green a little scary with the cliff just behind the green.
In short, it's best to be smart when you play Sunbrook's No. 5 and save your macho instincts for another hole.