Suggestions on How to Play the Course

A Hole-By-Hole Guide on How To Play The Course

(There are no easy greens to putt on this course, so pay close attention when you finally get on them.  They are smooth, but generally faster, than most you will play).

  1. Is a straightaway par-4; which is best, approached with a drive anywhere in the fairway leaving about 110-yards down to the smallish green that slopes slightly towards the back and left while being guarded by sand traps front and back.
  2. Is a lengthy par-4; with an uphill second shot to a large green, which is about 3 clubs deep and that slopes slightly to the left.  Just try and hit your second shot over the green!
  3. Is an average length, very birdieable, par-5; if you cannot cover this length in two shots, then tee off with a club leaving you just short of the fairway bunker.  Then with a 2nd fairway wood shot, this will leave you with a short iron or wedge. The green is about 4 clubs deep and somewhat narrow.  And it funnels off running shots, both left and right.  Therefore, it is best approached with a spin stopping short iron.
  4. A good par-3; with a severe slope right to left, in the green.  Be sure you keep your tee shots left of the hole for ease of putting.  Right of the green or in the right hand sand trap is NOT where you want to be.  Steer left and or short off the tee.
  5. Straightaway par-4; with a three tiered green going up to the back.  Favor the left half of the fairway, as this opens up the green, which is guarded by a large cottonwood tree on the right.  Being in the sand trap on the left is a better option.  Do not hit your approach shots past the hole, as this green always putts lightning fast from the back to the front.  Keep approach shots short and or to the left of the hole.  If you get your second shots on the same tier as the flag, you are looking at a makeable birdie.
  6. Is a sporty short drivable par-4; with a green that slopes away and sharply to the right.  A shot from the fairway is essential, as getting enough spin to hold this green is difficult, but important.  A lot of spin on a shot hit into the portion of the green and about 1/4 of its depth usually yields a pretty good result.  However, miss the green long/right vs. short, for an easier chip shot.  Birdies are abundant on this hole, even with chip-ins from the back of the green.
  7. A longish par-5; that has two hidden fairway bunkers, short left and long right, requires the player to hit a tee shot short of them, very straight between them or a long carry over them.  The green has a bit of a false front, as well as, a slope to the back left.  A short iron shot with no spin is best.  Here, again, get your ball on the same level as the flag and you are looking at another birdie.
  8. A short par-4; with a sharp dogleg to the right.   Your tee target should be one of the tall cottonwoods on the far east side of the fairway. A demanding long tee shot over and right of the corner is required if you want a flip wedge to the green, but guard yourself to the left side of the fairway, as this tee shot will run back right towards the rough.  The much safer tee shot is straight ahead into a channeled fairway leaving you with a 150-155 yard shot into the green, although it will be a blind second shot from here.  And once again the green funnels away left and right, from the player.  The green putts must faster from the front and left of the green, so miss to the right.  You’d think birdies would be running wild here.  Guess Again!
  9. A fun par-3; if your tee shot does not end up on the green, favor the long left side, as this green slopes left and will leave you an easier chip shot.  There are sand traps right and long of the green.
  10. Is a long demanding par-3; that is usually into the wind.  OB is very close on the right and over the green.  It has a two-tiered green back to front.  Do not get yourself onto the back tier, unless the pin is there; as putting from back to front is treacherous and will probably have you chipping after having putted off the green, from back there.
  11. A very birdieable par-5; all you have to do is get your ball flag high and most likely slightly right of the flag.  Approach shots with to much spin have a tendency to funnel back off the green short and to the right.  Do not hit approach shots past the flag, as this green putts faster from the back to front and left to right.
  12. A very birdieable short par-4; favor the right side of the fairway for visibility to the green.  However, the left side of the fairway will allow for more run-out on the tee shots, thus shortening the 2nd shot.  But do not hit your approach shots long or left of the flag, as this adds difficulty to the putts.  This green, also putts faster from back to front and north to south.
  13. A par-4; with a severely sloped green from right to left.  So keep your tee shots left, even into the rough, so you may have your approach shots hit more into the bank of the green.  Spin from the left half of the fairway is a plus.  Shots hit right of the flag will result in chips or putts running off the left side of the green.   Missing the green, purposely, to the left and chipping for your birdie or one-putt par is not a bad idea.
  14. When playing the four forward sets of tees hug the trees on the right where a straight tee shot or one to the left to far can end up in the difficult tall native grass, as the fairway runs off to the left over the first blind hill.  But when playing the two back sets of tees keep your tee shot in the center to left side of the fairway or even the 2″ rough,   because of the trees on the right.   This is another very birdieable par-5; with the occasional eagle, sporting a tiered green from back to front.  An approach shot hit past the hole leaves you with speedy putting conditions.  If you cannot reach the green in two shots, lay back at the 100-yard range for your approach, but keep your ball below the hole.  Here, again, get your ball on the same tier as the flag and one-putts are much easier.
  15. A very fun and birdieable par-4; keep your tee shots to the center and left side of the fairway in order to clear the large trees guarding the right of the green.  If you can get the ball into the center of the fairway right at the 100-yard marker, you will have a direct downhill view of the green, which slopes from the left and back, to the right and front.  Most birdies are made from either short or right of the flag position.
  16. A good par-4; to begin the finish of the back nine; don’t be fooled, it is farther over that corner tree than you think.  The fairway is a bit domed (not doomed) with slopes both left and right.  And notice that patch of native grass; between the fairway and the 2-inch rough on the left, it is a ball magnet.  This green, somewhat blind to the surface, requires an approach shot from the right side of the fairway and any shot into the green is favored with some spin, as the green slopes vigorously to the right and can run out long on you, uncontrollably.  Be sure to hit your approaches about 1/2 of the way on to the green towards the flag and a bit left, thus allowing for the run out.
  17. A very birdieable par-3; if you are on the same side of the green as the flag.  If you are, you are not to far away as this green is only about one club deep.  Short of the green leaves you with a very tight lie, from which to chip.  This green putts faster from north to south.
  18. A good finishing par-4; dogleg right.  Be aware of the OB right into the driving range.  A simple tee shot to the corner leaves you with 155 yards to the green.  Keep approach shots short of the flag, as it putts very fast from the back.  And do not miss this green left, as it falls off into a deep ravine and will leave you with a lost ball or a lie that is unplayable.