Course management is an area many of us do not pay much attention to. However it can be the difference between a net 71 and a net 80.
Many of us are very focused on where the flag is located on each green. Instead of playing golf focusing on the flag please try and play a round of golf where the focus and target is the safe part of the green.
For example if you are playing into a green with out of bounds to the right, lots of space to the left and your standard shot is a fade aiming to the left side of this green would make sense. If you hit it straight left you’ll have a reasonably straight forward chip shot and if you over curve it left to right you may just avoid the out of bounds. Anything in the middle of these two shots is on the green.
The following is a hole by hole guide to playing a safe round at Deeside. I want you to try and hit it towards the green circled areas on each green. I don’t expect your average amateur to hit it into these exact areas every time (even the top professionals wouldn’t make 18/18 believe it or not). However by attempting to hit it towards these green circles any bad shots will not be so heavily punished.
Take notes of the following and try it… you might just surprise yourself and knock a few shots off your score.
Again safe side is left side of the green. Out of bounds to right should make the majority of amateurs happy to almost try and miss the green left. This should leave a relatively straight forward chip and two putts (maybe one).
Front right of green with this one. For the average amateur I feel it would be easier to chip and two putt from the right side of this green as your chipping into a slight upslope. Whilst no hazards to the left side of green amateurs find it much harder stopping chips on a downslope. Notice green is also slightly wider at the front.
So try playing Deeside next time taking no consideration of the pins. Go for safe areas of the green as illustrated by the green circles as advised above.