When playing a par-5 golf hole, and you have too long to go to get to the green, and the penalty for missing the shot will likely lead to a bogey or worse, it's a wise idea to layup with another club. Typically, good golfers will pick a spot 100-150 yards from the green to try to layup to.

You may have to layup on a par 4 if you can't reach the green in two because of trees or distance. This is nothing to be ashamed of.

Poor golfers never layup.