MT. SHASTA, Cal. -- If you can take a minute to stop admiring the beauty of Mount Shasta in the background of nearly every hole, Mount Shasta Resort Golf Course may just become your new favorite course.
The par-70 course offers great views as well as a great round of golf. It all culminates on hole 18 where golf pro Rod Sims said there's a path to par on the par-5.
"Normally I take three shots to get there [the green] and then hope that I can two-putt," Sims said.
Sims said the first shot is crucial on hole 18, because it sets up the rest of the round. Even if you hit it well into the middle of the fairway, you could face a literal uphill battle.
"In the middle of the fairway, about 200 yards from the green, you're all uphill," Sims said, "So it's going to play more like 230 or 240."
Once you're within striking distance of the green, make sure to read the slope so you can put yourself in good position by your fourth shot.
"The green slopes a little bit right to left, so I'm always going to aim this shot a little to the right of the flag stick," Sims said.
And once you're on the green, look at it from all different angles. Sims said one of the biggest mistakes people make is only looking at a putt from one angle and missing a lie they would've seen from another one.
If you're a big hitter, let it rip and you may just be able to birdie this hole. With some help from Sims, you should now at least be able to make a conservative par.