Hole #17 at Tower Ranch
When you reach the 17th hole at Tower Ranch Golf Course, you may be close to the finishing the round at the challenging track carved into the hills above Rutland but you are anything but out of the woods.
Playing 583 yards from the gold tees, 563 from the blues and 487 from the ladies tees, the long, gradual dog-leg to the right demands three good shots to get to the green.
A tee shot down the right side cuts off some distance on Tower’s longest par 5. Of the four par 5’s at Tower Ranch, the 17th is the only one that is a genuine three shot hole for the majority of players to get to the green.
After navigating the tee shot, with bunkers on the left and to the right, a second shot must also favour the right side as players will try to get to between 150 and 100 yards out for their approach to the green.
Straying too far to the right or left on either of your first two shots will bring Tower Ranch’s deep bunkers into play. There’s not much room for error on the left as the rough slopes down and away to the 18th below and major trouble.
The shot into the green also calls for a right side approach.The green slopes right to left so you have to favour the right side. Too far to the left and your ball can roll right off the green.
Tower Ranch is known for its spectacular views, but it is on the 17th green where golfers can pause to watch airplanes come from the airport below. It also provides a glimpse of any number of other courses below, such as Sunset Ranch, Shadow Ridge, Kelowna Springs, the Okanagan Golf Club and even a view of Gallagher’s Canyon is available.
When you get to the green the views are incredible, but on the green players will be well served to remember one local tip: that many golf balls will break towards the airport.Everything breaks to the airport. Everyone thinks it’s going to break toward the lake but I tell people to look for the airport.
Constructed in 2008 by golf course designer Thomas McBroom, the 17th took three entire months to build and the results are a dramatic second to last hole that is both challenging and breathtaking.
Hole #17 – 583 yards Par 5
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Contributed by: Miles Palahniuk| PGA Of Canada, Head Professional | Tower Ranch GC