Hole #1 - Par 5
A great starting hole, #1 doesn’t require a particularly long tee shot to have an opportunity for a par. But, straight is certainly the best bet to avoid the trees that line both sides of this fairway. A second shot with just a little fade will be rewarded with an approach straight into the green.
Once you’ve positioned that second shot properly, your approach shot will be fairly straight-forward. All shots tend to work to the right a little. Try to avoid the sand trap on the right as well as hitting too long and going off the back (possibly in the water).
Hole #2 - Par 4
Somewhat more demanding than your average par 4,#2 requires a long and straight tee shot to this narrow fairway. A little fade is certainly better than draw on this tee shot, but if you can “clear the hill” (the downslope begins about 175 yards from the green), you will be rewarded with an approach shot of no more than about 150 yards.
Guarded on the right by a sand bunker, this green has an upper plateau at the back. If the flag is there, you need to try to get your ball up there. Be cautious, though, as the back of the green runs hard to the left and it’s very easy to find yourself behind the green chipping back.
Hole #3 - Par 4
A fairly straight-forward medium-long par 4 that plays as a slight dogleg left, you must try to avoid the trees directly left of your aiming point. Additionally, you must guard against being too far to the right as the ball will tend to move in that direction on the fairway and cause you to possibly be blocked on your approach to the green.
This green has some appreciable slope on the front, but flattens nicely past that. The bunker at the left front catches a lot of balls when you allow your tee shot to get too far to the right.
Hole #4 - Par 3
A test of distance and accuracy, this par 3 has the appearance of being a wide- open tee shot. However, you can quickly find out that there are places down by this green you really don’t want to be. Long and/or right are definitely not the place you want your ball to be. The best place to “miss” is short and left for an easy chip.
This green has a lot of slope (in more than one direction). If you find yourself chipping from the right or back of the green, don’t expect the ball to stop very quickly…it’s just not going to happen!
Hole #5 - Par 5
This par 5 is a three-shot hole well over 90% of the time. With out-of-bounds to the left and the opportunity to get blocked by trees on the right, a straight and very long tee shot will get you started “on the right foot”. Additionally, prevailing winds often make the hole play much longer than it already is.
Assuming you’ve positioned that second shot properly (toward the left), your approach shot will be fairly straight-forward. If the pin is positioned at the back right, watch out for the bunker. Shots landing short of the green will tend to run to the left.
Hole #6 - Par 4
The first of what’s considered to be the “catch up” holes on the front nine, this relatively short par 4 is best played with a nice fade from the tee so that your ball “wraps around” the trees on the right. Many people play their tee shot to the right of those trees, but whatever you do, try to not miss to the left.
If you’re able to find the middle of the fairway, the rest should be pretty easy. This green has nothing guarding it and the only real danger would be an approach shot that’s too long and goes over the back…it’s tough chipping from back there.
Hole #7 - Par 4
The second "catch up" hole on the front nine presents you with a very slight dogleg left where where a tee shot down the left side is rewarded with some extra roll. However, you really don't want to be in the treeline. Some folks figure it's better to give up the extra distance for the safety of the right side.
The bunker on the left isn't the only thing that guards this green. The green is somewhat "domed" and off-center shots can run either direction. The putting is a little bit of a challenge, too, since many putts will appear to break up a hill (it's a really difficult green to read).
Hole #8 - Par 3
Depending on the wind velocity and direction, club selection (and, of course, shot execution) is the most important factor on this short par 3. Since there's nothing to really stop the wind coming across the lake and Goodman Road, many players see a 5 to 6 club variance in what they may use. It can be a really long way across the water if you hit your tee shot to the right. And, with the green coming almost to the water, you must remember that over the green isn't a place to be.
Once you're there, this green is pretty straight-forward. Putts from front to back will tend to move left, and putts from the back toward the front can be very fast.
Hole #9 - Par 4
The most difficult hole on the course is also considered by many to be the most beautiful. A little bit on the long side, a tee shot that "clears the hill" is rewarded with a manageable approach shot from a relatively level lie. It's a little easier to get the distance on the left, but the right side of the fairway is the preference for a good shot to the green.
This green is guarded on the right with a sand bunker and a pond directly behind it. Hit your approach to the left and you're having to come up a steep hill and hitting toward the water. The slope of the green is definitely to the left, so a shot to the right side of the green has a better chance of staying on the green.
Hole #10 - Par 4
The back nine starts with this little par 4. Many people play a long iron off the tee since there are out-of-bounds to the left and a lot of trouble to the right dictating a need for accuracy. The long hitters can easliy drive the ball over the hill and down into the "hole" in front of the green resulting in a 60-yard chip to the pin.
Regardless of your "game plan", you'll still be hitting into a small, undulating green that's twice as wide as it is deep. A short approach will roll back while there's no place good to be past the green. The general slope of this green is back to front and right to left. Remember that a downhill putt on this green can be catastrophic!
Hole #11 - Par 3
A short par 3 that appears to be pretty straight-forward, it's very easy to miss this green. Bunkered left and right, there's a tree on the right about halfway to the hole that catches a lot of tee shots to the right. If you tee to the left, you can expect the ball to go farther left when it hits the ground which is no bargain, either.
Once you see where your ball lands, then the strategy begins. Remember that this green slopes back right down to the left front and it can get pretty fast anywhere on the green. If you're chipping or coming out of the trap, be sure to play enough break so that the ball has a chance of hitting the hole.
Hole #12 - Par 4
Position is critical on the tee shot on this par 4. Everything on the hole moves left (which is also out-of-bounds), but there are factors involved that makes the right just as risky. A straight tee shot to the right center (a little fade won't hurt) should stop to the left side of the fairway allowing the best unobstructed approach shot to this tricky green.
Regardless of where your tee shot lands, it's important to remember that EVERY shot on this hole, including the putts, are going to go left. Many golfers aim their approach shot toward the cart path and let the ball work left upon impact. A long shot over the green isn't good either.
Hole #13 - Par 3
There's not a lot to say about this one since what you see is pretty well what you get. The hole often plays a little longer than it appears and shots that don't reach the green usually roll back down the slope. The hole plays well to either a draw or a fade and missing it short is much better than missing it long. The only really difficult direction to chip is from the left due to the change in elevation up to the putting surface.
This green is fairly straight-forward. The front half of the green slopes somewhat toward the front. And, the entire green pretty well slopes a little to the left. When chipping from the front, count on the left break. If you're coming from the right or back, be careful of your speed.
Hole #14 - Par 4
A long, sweeping draw will get you around the corner and up the center of this fairway. If your tee shot is long enough, you may actually have a level lie and be able to see the flag stick for your approach shot. A pulled tee shot will wind up in some pretty thick woods while a pushed shot will, at best, be blocked out to the green (assuming you make it by the trees on the right). Your approach shot will most certainly be uphill and into the prevailing winds. Use plenty of club and favor the left rather than the right (where there's a green-side bunker waiting for those errant shots).
Once you're on the large green, it gets pretty easy. Though there's still some break on must putts, it's usually not too severe.
Hole #15 - Par 4
A true risk/reward hole that many players can drive (especially with the prevailing winds). Hit the green and it's a two-putt birdie. However, a missed green can become a one-putt bogey if you find either of the traps, or, worse yet, get to the right or left of the traps. A tee shot with a long iron landing 60-80 yards from the green usually works well.
This green is fairly straight-forward. The front half of the green slopes toward the front. And, the green is somewhat domed so your approach shot can run right or left, depending on pin position. If you're coming from the right or back, be careful of your speed.
Hole #16 - Par 4
A golf hole that places a premium on a long accurate tee shot with its slight left dogleg and narrowing of the fairway. Most average players still have a 150-yard uphill shot to the green after a good drive. The really long ball hitters can get up the hill and have just a short iron in. But, if you pull or push your tee shot (long or short), you may not even be able to see the green for your second shot (let alone go for it).
This green is fairly small for a hole of this length. Most approach shots are missed short due to misjudging the distance. This, certainly, is preferable to missing right, left or long. The slope of the green from back to front can make for some interesting putts.
Hole #17 - Par 4
A little relief (maybe) can be found on this hole after #16. It's pretty simple as long as you can hit a straight (or slight fade) on your drive. Once you're in the fairway (and not behind the line of trees on the right or blocked by the trees on the left), it's an up uphill shot that will take about one extra club.
This green is fairly straight-forward and flat. And, it doesn't have a lot of peril around it. Chips from the front will behave predictably. Putts from the right side or back will be pretty quick making it better to be short and left of the pin.
Hole #18 - Par 5
Though it's hardly a pushover, this par 5 grants you a little relief. As long as you can avoid the tree by the pond and not get behind the cedar tree by the cart path, there's not a lot of trouble awaiting your tee shot. A nice draw started toward the right edge of the fairway yields the best results. Once you've hit the fairway, it's just a matter of sending the next shot straight at the green. Often reached in two, this hole is a birdie opportunity.
Though this green will tend to throw your ball to the right if you get toward that side, it's mostly flat. Be sure to avoid the bunkers (a short shot will feed toward the right one) and since there's a pond behind the green, long usually isn't a good miss.