Welcome into Signature Holes, the weekly feature at the Billy Casper Digital Network where we look at the architecture behind some of the best holes in the Billy Casper Golf portfolio.
While most of the country isn't playing golf right now, it's always golf season in California, including in Napa Valley, where Hiddenbrooke Golf Club is ready for you to play. And when you get there, you're going to love the seventh hole.
We here at Signature Holes are big fans of short par 4s because, when done right, they offer the right mix of risk and reward to value par but also offer a glimmer of hope for an eagle. The seventh at Hiddenbrooke is a great example of a shortie done right.
At just 330 yards from the back tees, the seventh is short, but tough to reach for even the longest of players. You're not angling to reach the green so much as facing the decision of trying to get as close as possible or laying up to a comfortable number for a wedge. If you do choose to pull out driver, however, there's plenty of danger lurking up the entire left side. A hazard awaits any snap hook. If you're playing for position off the tee, the left side really only comes into play if you're pin-conscious and want to set up the right angle to a hole location on the right side of the green.
The putting surface itself is a long, not wide target, meaning a wedge shot has to be accurate to make birdie. Bringing the ball in with distance control and accuracy can lead to a simple birdie. An inaccurate wedge player can turn a fairly simple par into a bogey or worse. And that's what a great, short par 4 can do to a golfer.