Apr 222004
 

This hole is the latest permanent hole added to DeLa, necessary due to the removal of hole 17 as a permanent hole. 8A sits between 8 and 9, along the access road with the OB road close to the left, and wooded ravine to the right. Both pin placements (straight ahead and right) offer the chance for a straight, easy birdie as well as trouble should your drive hit an early tree.

No matter which pin position you are playing, the first objective is to get through a narrow gap between Eucalyptus trunks and mature Oaks. Between the tee and this gap, the fairway dips down in the middle as well as to right (which is the case for the length of the hole). Miss this gap and you are likely to ricochet off a tree into the woods short of the hole, or even left into the OB road.

Nov 132003
 

The teepad looks out over an incredibly lush gorge on the left, and steadily thick oak trees along the right. Going out over the gorge is the only option, but let the disc turn left and it will simply keep going. A tall pine about halfway to the short basket forces all discs to take a wider left to right approach, an easy lefty hyzer for par. But the target is protected on the left by rigid branches so that discs must approach straight on to avoid getting knocked down or stuck.

Like 14, the long position is straight past the short, under another shroud of mature oaks. Strong righthanders can throw a turnover shot from the tee here that takes an S-turn right past the short placement, flying low enough to skip up for a deuce.

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Nov 132003
 

After the many technical holes preceding this one, 16 can be viewed as therapy. It’s long – even by De-La standards – open, flat, and unlike I-5 (hole 13), the longer the throw, the better. It actually shares a fairway with hole 13 so watch for flying plastic. The short basket location is straight ahead and the other is on the right just before the tee for hole 17. Don’t overthrow or your drive or you will find trees on the far left and far right.

Two landmarks are commonly used as reference points here. Halfway down the fairway, a seasonal casual water hazard nicknamed “Lake Maple” waits to grab rollers that touch down too soon. Two tall trees 340 away in the middle-left of the fairway named the “Goalposts” offer a nice target for airshots.

PIN (right position, looking back to tee)

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Nov 132003
 
The first hole at DeLa offers a good taste of the 26 to follow. It is by most standards long (even in the shortest of its three pin positions), slightly uphill, and all three basket placements are in wooded locations. Right handers favor a back-handed roller shot, but exposed roots in front of each elevated green make birdies a matter of luck in addition to skill. An oak tree close to the teepad takes away the straight shot to the two basket locations on the right, and additional trees with low ceilings around all three pin placements complicate upshots longer than 40 feet. The third basket location (not shown on the map) is 40 feet straight past the “B” location and around six feet higher.
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PIN (Long-left, view from tee)