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DGPT Dream 18 Course: What is the best Hole 5 on Tour?

By Baker Helton

Today’s Hole 5 Preview & Dream 18 Voting is brought to you by ZÜCA – Premier Sponsor of the Disc Golf Pro Tour.

In disc golf, there are discussions, debates, and things everyone can agree upon from the start. We are not sure where this one would end up, so we are letting you the fans decide. Over the next three and half weeks, we will be hosting a series of votes here on our site to determine what the fans dream 18 holes would be on Tour. 

Hole 4 Winner

The winner from yesterday’s Hole 4 vote came from Smuggler’s Notch Resort and Brewster Ridge. The 575 ft, Par 4, is a slightly uphill hole that finishes to the right. In second was the bEast in Waco, and Fox Run Meadows rounds out the podium. 

How does the voting work?

At 9 AM ET each morning, the polls open. You have until 8 AM ET the next day to vote on which hole you would put on your dream 18. Yesterday we determined the dream hole four on the fourth day, today (the fifth day), we will pick the fifth hole, etc. With the release of each poll, we will announce the winner of the previous day. We hope to see each region get behind their courses and help elevate the disc golf holes they think make their course genuinely unique. 

Below is a brief description of each hole along with a link to the hole flyover. Give it a read and a watch and vote at the bottom of the article!

Let’s get started!

Hole Five

Fountain Hills: The downhill Par 3 has become known for its tricky putting. Set on the corner of two converging roads, players must avoid going OB on the drive while also dealing with traffic coming from both sides. At 441 ft, the hole plays more like 400 with the downhill fairway. Players who take the risk for a birdie are hoping not to skip OB or land behind the guardian tree. Check out how the Pros attack the hole thanks to Jomez’s flyover of the 2020 Memorial Championship.

Vista del Camino: Hole Five at Vista was one of the original elevated holes on the course. The 340 ft Par 3 features mando trees on both sides of the fairway. The mando trees make the hole a straightforward drive where players who make it inside the mando will be looking at another birdie opportunity. Give it a look from the Jomez flyover at the 2020 Memorial Championship.

Brazos Park East: Hole Five at the bEast is the first opportunity for players to have an ace. The 264 ft, Par 3, plays uphill through a wood-lined fairway that serves as a natural OB should players have an errant drive. Check out the flyover from Jomez’s coverage of the 2020 Waco Annual Charity Open.

Disc Side of Heaven: At 495 ft, Disc Side of Heaven’s Hole Five plays more like 450 due to its sloping green. It is 375 ft from the tee to the OB wall and another 50+ feet to clear the water and make it to the island green. Most players do not go for the birdie on this hole and instead play it safe for an easy three. See how the discs fly the hole thanks to Jomez’s coverage of the 2018 Jonesboro Open. 

**Winner** Gleneagles: Hole 5 in San Francisco is a monster 1,033 ft Par 4 for MPO and Par 5 for FPO players. The downhill drive with the Cow Palace in the foreground creates a compelling disc golf hole. Players are hoping to keep their first drive in the fairway so that they can have an open upshot to the green. Players whose drives end up left of the fairway have to deal with a forest of pine trees that they must navigate to make it back to the fairway and gree. Check out Jomez’s 2018 flyover from the San Francisco Open to see it for yourself.  

Blue Lake Park: The 575 ft this Par 4 for the MPO and 315 ft Par 3 for the FPO makes two contrasting holes for Hole Five at Blue Lake. MPO players are looking to put their drives between 50-100 ft in front of the FPO teepad on their drives for a look at birdie while FPO players have a straight attack for a birdie from their vantage point. See for yourself in the 2019 Portland Open flyover from Jomez.

Kensington Toboggan: At 300 ft, Hole Five plays uphill and into the woods to the right of the tee box. Players are either throwing a massive anhyzer or sidearm drive to try and make it to the putting green. Since this is a blind hole, players cross their fingers that they will hit the sweet spot and not hit any trees early. Watch the flyover from Jomez’s first-round coverage of the 2018 Great Lakes Open

**2nd Place** Idlewild: Hole Five at Idlewild is similar to Blue Lake in that it has separate MPO and FPO tees. For MPO, the hole is a 555 ft Par 4; for FPO, the hole is a 426 ft Par 3. Players play a downhill open fairway into the woods. Once in the woods, players must navigate across an OB creek to an island green to finish out the hole. Figure out how you might attack it while watching Jomez’s flyover from the first round of the 2018 Idlewild Open. 

Eureka Lake: The first of the open holes at Eureka Lake Hole Five plays across a baseball field. Players are free to throw across the baseball field, but that means they are carrying across OB the entire time. There is a fairway that runs along the outside of the baseball field. Most players throw across the short section of the hole and play for par. This hole was made famous by McBeth’s almost-ace in 2017 (on the same day that Barsby aced but wasn’t on a filmed card).  The flyover from the 2019 Ledgestone Insurance Open will show you how it is done

Sunset Hills: Hole Five at Sunset Hills is the shortest hole at the course. At 246 ft, it’s a birdie hole where players hope to capitalize. Players do throw their drives immediately over an OB pond and have to watch skipping long OB. If players can make the green on the drive, then it will be an easy birdie to add to the scorecard. You can see what the FPO division has been playing from Central Coast’s coverage of the 2019 PDGA World Championship.

Northwood: One of the original holes at the Northwood course, Hole 5, plays across a gulley and then slightly downhill. At 354 ft, this is not an easy Par 3, as is noted in the flyover footage. Players are hoping to avoid any errant drives early to have a hope at carding a birdie. See how the Pros played it thanks to Jomez’s coverage of the 2019 PDGA World Championship. 

**T-3rd Place** Maple Hill: At 285 ft, Hole Five has two distinct fairways. The first fairway features an OB carry the entire way as players throw over the water and will not land inbounds until they are at circle one. The second fairway takes away all risk of OB but due to the nature of the hole are pretty much settling for par if they go that route. This hole was made famous by Gregg Barsby’s ace at the 2017 Vibram OpenWatch the flyover from Jomez’s 2018 MVP Open coverage to see how the pros play the hole. 

Brewster Ridge: At 285 ft, players must navigate a narrow, tree-lined fairway that breaks right to the green. If players can keep their drives clean, they will be rewarded with an easy birdie. See how the hole unfolds on the Jomez flyover from the 2019 Green Mountain Championship. 

**T-3rd Place** Fox Run Meadows: Hole Five at Fox Run features an elevated tee box that plays from the foundation of an old building, down a hill to a basket perched on the edge of a swimming hole. At 445 ft, players look to take advantage of the downhill slope of the green to try and have a look at birdie. You can see it for yourself on the 2019 Green Mountain Championship coverage from Jomez. 

Hornets Nest: Hole Five at Hornet’s Nest is a 585 ft Par 4. Players have a mando off the tee that takes away the large hyzer for right-handed players on the first throw, but outside of the first shot, players are just contending with a few trees and an OB road left as they attack the basket for a look at birdie. See how the players played the hole at last year’s Tour Championship, thanks to Jomez.

Let us know which Hole 5 is in your Dream 18!

What is the best Hole 5 on Tour?

Fountain Hills
Vista Del Camino
The bEast at Brazos
Disc Side of Heaven
Blue Lake
Eureka Lake
Sunset Hills
Maple Hill
Brewster Ridge
Fox Run Meadows
Hornet’s Nest
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