The shorter of the two back-nine par-5s, Rio Secco Golf Club’s 17th hole offers a tantalizing opportunity to get home in two. Measuring just 548 yards from the back, long hitters who find a fairway position off the tee will have an excellent chance at birdie or better providing they have the long game to carry the desert guarding the front of the green. Shorter hitters or those who found themselves in the left fairway bunkers should lay up short of the desert front and right of the green, and can still be in a good position to score.
If eagle putts aren’t in the cards this time, try to hug the left side of the fairway when laying up, which will give you the best angle to the green. A sizeable shelf splits No. 17 green left and right, so make sure to hit the correct side on approach. Distance control will be at a premium no matter where the pin is, but especially with aiming for the right side, as bunkers both long and short of the green will leave a tricky up and down.
Like most of the holes at the Rees Jones-designed Rio Secco Golf Club, the par-5 17th is demanding, but proper placement, club selection and focus should help players navigate this picturesque par-5 and hopefully put a four on the card.