This hole is about patience and commitment. It's the kind of hole where you have to think your way around and plan one or two shots ahead. As par-5s go, I have probably played it about average or maybe a little worse than average. I've made some eagles, and I've made some double bogeys, too. The important part of the hole is the second shot and discipline. Pick a good target and commit to what you're going to try to do and be ready to accept the results.
Generally, you don't have to hit more than a nine-iron or wedge to lay up if you're in the rough, but you have to lay up a little ways back because there's a big tree on the left. You can't lay up to 90 yards and expect to hit a good, full lob wedge. That tree can block you. So you lay up to 110 yards or 120 or more.
FROM THE TEE
You want to try to draw one around the corner with a driver. It's risky because if you pull it left in the trees, that's the one place you don't want to go. No shot there. You can miss it right in the rough; then it's just a layup. That's all right. You can still make birdie. If the hole plays downwind, you don't need to hit a driver at all. I've hit three-wood off the tee a lot. You just want to give yourself something in the fairway, give yourself a chance to get up by the green.
I don't carry a lofted wood. I go from a three-wood to a two-iron. A three-wood would be very questionable. With a three-wood, you're talking about a long shot with a lot of roll, and there's water behind the green. Anything over 240 yards and you're starting to get greedy and ask for trouble.