Hole by Hole
If you are a long hitter the bird house (150 marker) on the right side of this par five is as far right as you want to hit your tee shot. A slight draw is a great shot to have if you hit driver here. Many good players tee of with their 3 wood to avoid running the ball into the right trees. The last set of mounds on the right when standing on the tee are in range if you hit driver, so stay left of them. The second shot is risk reward. Hitting short of the green by about 100 yards leaves you in a wider area of the fairway. Going for the green will require an accurate second shot as the fairway narrows the closer you get to the green. There is a bunker short left of the green and a mound of tall fescue to the left and long of the green. Right of the green is a short slope then very dense trees which are tough to chip out of. Long is also not the place you want to be over this green. Bombers make 7 more often than 4 on this hole. A lot of high numbers show up on #2 during tournaments.
The narrowest green on the course, with two bunkers and mounds on the left and a sharp shoulder drop off on the right side. The prevailing south west wind is almost always in your face here, even though it is hard to feel sometimes. Use more club than you think you need if you want to land on the putting surface. From the back blue tees even the long hitters hitting less than a 5 iron may be fooling themselves.
The signature hole. A pretty par 3 over a deep ravine. Its only 120 yards from the back tee, and 100 yards from the lower tee, to the middle of the green. Don’t be short as the bunker short is very difficult to get out of. If you miss the green left, any ball found down in the ravine is almost impossible to get back onto the green. In tournaments most players who miss left, will have to take a penalty and re tee. This hole will reward a good shot. Be sure to repair your ball mark once you hit it close here.
A great short par 4, with a risk, reward opportunity. The farther you hit the tee shot the wider the hole gets. If you hit driver keep it left of the lone spruce tree in the fairway as most shots will bounce right, there is more room left than you can see from the tee. You will need to carry your tee shot at least 160 yards from the middle tee to carry the ravine on your left. The bird house that you see on the left side is the maximum left your tee shot can be if it’s not hit over 160 yards and then the ball always bounces hard right. The green is short front to back, with a hazard long and a difficult mound of tall fescue to the left and a deep bunker short right of the green. This is a memorable hole, good luck.
This is a slight dog leg left hole. The tee shot is best played up the left centre. A 250 yard drive up the left centre will leave a mid or short iron into the green. If the tee shot is too far left however, you will have to carry water and sand on the line to the green. The smaller spruce tree on the left side of the fairway, about 270 out, marks the Out of Bounds corner from the tee. A shorter left drive will put you on the practice fairway. Although not out of bounds, the line to the green from there is over the O.B., water and a bunker at the green. If the tee shot is up the right side, it will make the shot to the green very long, at least 200 yards in, making par difficult.
A slight fade up the center is a great tee shot here. Driver for the shorter hitters and three wood or a long/hybrid iron for the bombers is best. Watch out for the left side ravine coming up quicker than you think. It is a lateral hazard known as John’s gulch. John was one of the original builders of the course and was known to hit more than a few tee shots there. In the fairway at 200 yards off the tee a small ditch runs across the fairway, any tee shot past this gives you a good shot at the green. #3 green is very firm at the front so in dry conditions a front red flag is tough to get to. The green is fairly flat and breaks to the back and to the ravine. Watch for the mound on the right side of the green, the fescue grass is very long and it makes getting up and down difficult.
A straight ahead tee shot of about 200 to 220 yards is best. This is truly your first lay up tee shot. At 240 out on the left, just around the corner lies a water hole. A tee shot favoring the left will shorten your distance to the hole as every yard right of centre will add another yard to your approach to the green. There are three fescue mounds guarding this green. You do not want to land in them as they are tough to control distance when using your lob wedge to get out.
This hole favors the player able to work the ball up the left side. A long tee shot right can reach the water hole as well as mounds and bunkers off the tee. 240 yards or less up the right side will avoid trouble though. On the approach to the green there are two bunkers, one short right and one just short on the left. If you are coming in to this green from more than 170 yards out you can land well short and the ball will feed down to the green. There is an eight foot drop off behind the green as well to watch out for.
The long straight ahead no tricks final hole. The mounds on the left side are tall fescue so you will want to avoid them. The bunker you see on the left side is about 270 off the tee. Finish your back swing, follow through long and hit a big one here. There is little trouble on the second shot. A low mound about 80 yards out, and a small bunker short right of the green are this holes only defense. The green has a large mound around the back side to frame the green and the back has some good slope to it.