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This 360-yard par 4 plays more like 390 yards because the tee shot is uphill. The best drives are to the right half of the fairway. The approach to the green needs to carry to the green because of the bunker on the left and the soft apron on the right. If you are laying up, play to the right side to avoid the bunkers. The green slopes from back to front. A ridge splits it in two about two-thirds of the way back. The best approach shots are below the hole and on the flagstick side of the ridge. Downhill putts get pretty quick.
This is a short par 5, but if you can reach it in two, you should be playing from the gold tees. A 220–230 yard drive to the left center of the fairway is best. From there all of the bunkers are out of play. The second shot should also be to the left center of the fairway. Shots on the right half tend to roll right and can end up in the woods. The bunker at the left edge of the fairway comes into play 71 yards from the hole. The safest second shot will stop 100 yards short of the green's center. The third shot to the two-tiered green needs to be on the correct level. Going long is worse than being short. The green has a slight right to left bias.
This is a short, easy par 4 unless your tee shot strays. Aim for the left edge of the green and hit the longest club you can keep straight. The fairway slopes from right to left, but balls too far right can be blocked out by trees or even reach the out of bounds. Check the wind before hitting the second shot as it can have a one-club impact. The straightforward approach is to a green that slopes from back to front. There is a slight ridge down the middle of the green, but it is not as severe as the one on the first hole.
Club selection depends on the wind. Subtract one club for the elevation drop and then adjust for the wind. This fast green slopes from left to right except for deep blue pin positions. The middle of the green is its lowest point meaning you'll face long uphill putts back to white or red pins. Tee shots should land ten yards short of the pin. Shots to the right of the path rarely stay in play, the area is staked as a lateral hazard. Hit a provisional before leaving the tee. Yell "Fore" if you pull your tee shot to the left over the trees.
This short par 4 plays longer than the yardage with a slight dogleg right to an elevated green. The right side is protected by trees and a bunker that comes into the fairway. The best tee shot is to the left center of the fairway, but hidden bunkers protect that side. From the tee box, aim left of the bunker toward the left side of the green. Add one club to the uphill approach shot before adjusting for the wind. The big green slopes from left to right. A big ridge runs across the middle of the right half of the green. Approach shots to a red or white pin need to stay below the ridge. Downhill putts can run fast on this green.
This hole plays one club longer than the yardage. The wind often swirls through the trees. Six bunkers surround this green which has three tiers: low/front (red pin), middle/right (white pin) and high/left (blue pin). Putts on the back tier of the green run toward the large cedar tree on the left. Putts on the middle tier run toward the cart path on the right.
This is the first hole that has water in play, but there is plenty more to come. Out of bounds guards both sides of this hole. The water is only in play for drives of 280 or more yards. Drives that are short or right can be blocked from the green. If you chip your second shot short of the pond, aim for the far end of the fair way for the best approach angle to the pin. This green slopes from back to front and right to left and a ridge runs down the middle. Approach shots short of the green tend to stay short in the rough, but don’t over-club or you will run through the back of the green.
This short, dangerous par 5 has a slight bend to the left. There is plenty of room for a drive up the middle, but there is no need to over-hit unless you plan to get home in two. The second shot landing area is squeezed by a hazard on the right and bunkers on the left beginning 100 yards from green. A safe second shot target is 110 yards from the green. The mound in front of the green and a soft apron prevent run-up shots from getting onto the green, so your approach shot must reach the green in the air.
This hole usually plays one club longer than the yardage. The large green slopes from back to front and makes the hole seem lower than the tee box. The green runs from left to right. The wind will take fades and turn them into wet slices. The best indicator of the wind’s direction is often the flag flying at the house to the left of and behind the green.
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This hole is a dogleg right. The target line for your drive is to the right of the rock at the end of the fairway. The far corner of the fair way is 225-250 yards out and on dry days, a well-hit drive can run through into the rough. Cutting the corner on the right is risky as several small cedar trees lay waiting to capture the tee shot. The green is faster than any of those on the front nine. Approach shots need to be short of the pin; bouncing up between the front bunkers to a red or white pin often works best.
This par 5 is a long, banana-shaped, dogleg right. There is plenty of room for the tee shot and the best position is on the left half of the fair way. The second shot should also aim for the left side, unless you can hit a long fade to the green. The left side opens up the pin; trees can block shots from the right side. The green is relatively flat and fairly hard. Approach shots from 8-irons and lower often run through the green. The apron is usually firm and often the best approach shots to red or white pins land short and run up. While the green is firm for approach shots, the putting speed is more like the greens on the front nine than the tenth green.
This is a high risk/reward hole. A straight, 200-220 yard tee shot to the left of the bunkers should stay safely short of the pond. This will leave 160-190 yards to the pin over the water. Drives cutting the right corner can leave a shorter approach, but you must miss the bunkers and stay inside the tree line. If you decide to lay-up the second shot, aim at least 75 yards shor t of the green and stay left as trees on the right can block approach shots. The well-protected green slopes from back to front. It has two tiers formed by a ridge across the middle about two-thirds of the way back. There is a slight right to left bias on the front half of the green and a left to right bias on top.
This is a sharp dogleg right. A straight tee shot of 230-280 yards will leave a short approach. Trying to cut the corner is almost always a big mistake. The low railings along the fairway are not out of bounds. The green is hard, fast and turtle-backed. Approach shots need to land softly or they will run through the green. Unless you are using a wedge or very high iron, land short and left and play for a chip and putt. This green is the fastest one on the course. Its highest point is at the right corner of the back bunker. This point influences all putts.
This is a very easy hole except when the wind blows, which is most of the time. Aim the tee shot at the bunker to the right of the green and hit away. Rarely will a tee shot reach the bunkers and anything close usually curls back to the fair way. The rail down the left side is in bounds. The approach shot can vary up to three clubs depending on the wind. Except for the front right corner, the green will hold approach shots. If you go long, you will be in a lateral water hazard. This large green has a ridge that runs from front to back and a high point behind the front bunker.
Ignore the water. It will swallow your tee shot if it wants to. The green slopes from left to right and the wind is almost always blowing from left to right. The wind will often “knock down” tee shots so taking an extra club helps. Aiming just inside the left bunker is usually the best target line. The front right corner sits down in a hollow. This is the proverbial sucker pin location and it is usually best to putt down to this position rather than try to hold a tee shot to this corner.
This straightforward hole plays about 20 yards longer than indicated. Tee shots should be to the left half of the fair way for the best approach shot angle. The second shot is uphill to a large green that has more back to front slope than is apparent. The firm apron and elevated green will allow approach shots to run up, but going with one extra club is usually the best plan of attack. No major contours are found on this green, but putts break toward the 17th tee more than expected.
This hole usually plays back into the wind and a good tee shot to the right center of the fairway is needed to set up the second shot. The uphill approach shot is over water to a fast green cut by a ridge across its center. Two hollows on the back and right sections of the green add to the fun. If your tee shot does not allow you to hit a good second shot, lay up short and right of the pond. The neck in front of the pond has a slight ridge that often kicks shots either left into the pond or right into the bunker. Do not be short when playing to blue pins or long to red pins or you will face very difficult putts. For white pins, check the pin placement relative to the ridgeline and stay on the flagstick side of that ridge. Putts run fast.
This strong par 5 makes finishing a challenge. The hole is a dogleg right with a pond in front of the green. There is out of bounds on the left and right with the right side more in play. Long ball hitters can go over the cedar tree on the right, but if you cut the corner, hit a provisional; you are probably out of bounds. The second shot target should be 80-100 yards short of the green; go further and you risk rolling into the pond. If the drive has not reached the corner, aim for the left side of the fairway on the second shot and hit 180-200 yards. The largest green on the course slopes toward the front. A ridge running from back to front splits the green. There can be up to a 20-yard difference between a red or blue flag. The soft green will hold approach shots, but make sure you end up on the flagstick side of the green.
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