“The Mickey Mantle Hole” – As the signature hole at Shangri-La, the downhill par five number 9 will more than likely be the finishing hole of your round. And you will definitely have some serious decisions to make in order to finish strong. With two greens complexes separated by a dramatic and spectacular waterfall feature, the first decision is whether to play to the treacherous island green or to the second greens complex that adds an additional 70 yards to the hole. The local rule is
for the person holding the honor to select which green to play. No matter which green is chosen, your tee shot will require some serious thought. If you are a risk taker, and like to impress and intimidate your playing partners, you will want to grip it and rip it down the left side of the fairway. Be sure to avoid the fairway bunker or you will be forced to lay up to the large pond surrounding the island green and protecting the upper green approach. If you like to play the odds and don’t plan on going for either green in two shots, then just finding the fairway is the perfect drive. This will leave you the opportunity to choose how close you want to leave your ball to the pond in order to allow the perfect approach distance. When playing the upper green, which is protected by the waterfall feature on the right and a large bunker on the left, lay up as close to the water as possible. This will leave a higher lofted club to approach the uphill green. When approaching the island green, make sure to check the wind conditions and judge the elevation change correctly, or you will end up wet. Both greens present similar challenges as accent points will affect every putt. Good Luck!