Elevated Tee: Keystone River’s No. 18 | SummitDaily.com

Elevated Tee: Keystone River’s No. 18

Brad Odekirk
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The 18th tee box at Keystone’s River Course offers a sweeping view of the Blue River Valley to the north and the snow-capped Gore Range.

It is a relatively short par 5, but plenty of trouble with out of bounds to the right and pine trees lining the left hand side of the fairway. Paramount on this hole is to hit a straight drive. If the tee shot is far enough, the green is reachable in two, but it is an uphill hole and the green is protected by bunkers.

The safer shot is to hit a middle iron 150 up the fairway and finish the hole by chipping it onto the green with a wedge ” or if the pin is behind the trap, go in high with a sand wedge. The green is huge,and pretty flat.

Take the trouble out of this hole and you can focus on the surrounding beauty of the finishing hole.

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