Best Hole to Start Your Golf Game

First Hole at Tilden Park Golf Course

The best way to get that grand-slam feeling when you're carrying a double-digit handicap is to tee up at Tilden Park golf course. The first hole is a 420-yard uphill blast, but if you don't mind an audience, a great first shot will have you floating on air for the rest of your round. The par-70 course features plenty of challenges but getting the biggest one out of the way first makes the Berkeley public course unique. While waiting for your tee time, you can watch dozens of others get ready to launch, and picture yourself placing the first shot of the game right into the middle of the fairway. It's kind of a grip-it-and-rip-it hole, with a target that is too far to reach in one, but wide enough to forgive all but the wickedest slice or hook. Sure, having a crowd gathered around may give you the yips, but turn that nervous energy into the 18th at Augusta and you'll have the rest of your round to remember when you had your own gallery and the biggest shot of your round already on your scorecard.

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