#1 Lakes is a straight forward opening hole, to this challenging nine. The a pretty drive over the pond, leads to an opening landing area, protected on either side by well placed bunkers. The greater danger for the second shot is on the left, where the green is protected by a small bunker and trees on the downward slope beyond the bunker. Even though the pin is usually in the front of the green, the green slopes to the front, and is fast, so putting requires a delicate touch.
#2 Lakes is the 2nd most difficult hole on this 9, and a challenging dog leg. You have the option of hitting over water or bailing out to the right, where a well positioned bunker offers its own challenge. With water on the left and trees on the right, the second shot is one of the most beautiful on the course, but a well positioned 2nd shot, is rewarded with a relatively easy approach shot to a flat green.
Lakes 3 is a straight forward par 4. A good drive is rewarded with a simple second shot to the green, but there is a drivable bunker on the left and a hill that slopes down and behind some trees on the right present suggest that it is better to be short and straight than long and off line.
A long par 3, with a well positioned bunker in front and trees on the left. As with #3 Lakes, it is better to be safe than sorry, so many players bail to the right. However, a slippery green does not insure par, even for, what appears to be, a relatively straight forward pitch shot.
Lakes 5 is where the real fun begins. The drive must be well positioned, because there are trees on the right, that block any second shot to the green, and a drivable bunker and a downward sloping hill to the water on the left. The second shot also requires precision, since it is over water, to a narrow green, that slopes to the left toward the water and there is a bunker and a steep hill beyond the green. However, for the faint of heart, there is a bail out area to the right of the green, that allows a pitch to the green and a chance to salvage par.
Water on the left and a waste bunker (and out of bounds) on the right, for the entire hole, make this par 5, the number 1 difficulty hole on the Lakes course. Consequently, both the first and second shots must be well positioned, and the third shot can be either over the bunker on the left or short of the two tiered green on the right. Even a bail out to the right can create problems, since the hill slopes away from the green, and from there it is necessary to pitch over the trap to the green to save par.
Depending on the pin position, #7 can either be one of the easiest, or most challenging holes on the course. If the hole is in the front, the major danger is a large tree on the right; however, if the pin is positioned on the upper level, then it is necessary to fly over the water and steep bunker and then hold the green. A shot too far to the left will run into the water, and a shot too far, will run away from the green, requiring a delicate chip to save par.
This seemingly innocent hole, requires thought and finesse. The water on both the right and left is drivable, as is the bunker on the left. From the right, the second shot is challenged by the water on the right. From the left, the water should not come into play, unless, the ball lands on the green short and left, in which case, the gentle slope of the green can take it to the water. Many players choose to play their second shot short of the green, and then pitch it to the two tiered green in an attempt to save par.
A great par 4 finishing hole. From a slightly elevated tee, it is possible to drive over the trees on the left, or toward the bunker on the right. But a poorly positioned tee shot on either the right or the left will create problems for the second shot. Even a well positioned drive, requires a long second shot to the green, which is protected by water on the left and a bunker on the right. If the flag is on the upper tier, behind the water, it is almost impossible to hit for pin, since, a shot that is even a few yards off line can run down the hill toward the water.
A great way to begin this nine, Woods 1 is a short “what you see is what you get” par 4. There are trees along the left, and a drivable bunker on the right. If you leave the drive a little too far to the right, there is a tree that partially blocks the approach to the green. On the left, the green is guarded by a bunker and a hill that slopes down to the water. The green slopes from back to front, and is relatively quick, so it is better to approach it from below the hole on the right.
Woods 2 is a good par 5, with a drivable bunker on the right, and trees along both the left and right sides of the fairway. The second shot is key, and if positioned properly, can leave a relatively straightforward pitch to the two tier green, which has bunkers on the front and back. The bail out area is behind the bunker on the right, but it slopes away from the green, requiring a delicate pitch back to the green.
A very pretty, short par 3 water hole. The bunker on the left is positioned in a hill, so if you hit it long, you have to pitch back over the green, or if you are in the bunker, you will be hitting, to a green that slopes to the water.
Trees and out of bounds on the left, require a drive that is toward the bunker on the right; however, if the drive is too far to the left, trees and out of bounds also can come into play. The second shot is over a bunker on the left, but if hit too far, the ball might run down the hill into a waste area requiring a delicate chip back to the green.
#5 is the #1 handicap hole on Woods. It begins with a drive through a chute, with trees and out of bounds on the left. The second shot is threatened by water and bunkers on the right and the continuation of the trees and out of bounds on the left. The green is guarded front and back by bunkers, and the green, which can be tricky, slopes from back to front.
An innocent looking, wide fairway, belies the subtle difficulty of this hole. The tree on the left side of the fairway, requires that the drive be on the right, which brings the bunker into play. And then a strong second shot, must carry the bunker on the right in order to be in position for a natural par.
This relatively short par 3 is not without its challenges. Bunkers on both the right and left, and a hill on the left require a fairly accurate tee shot, particularly since the pin is usually placed either behind the bunker on the right or the left.
Woods 8 may be the prettiest hole on the course. As with 4 Hills, big drivers may try to drive over the water and the bunker to the green; however, the hill on the left of the green and the trees on the right side of the water, make this a very difficult shot. More conventional is a drive over the water toward the bunkers on the right, and then a solid shot to an elevated, well protected green.
A good finishing hole. A not too long par 4, with trees on both sides of the fairway, which, if the drive is not well positioned, can block the second shot from either side. Bunkers on either side of the green, limit the bail our area, and require a good shot to this slightly sloping green. Two putts and you should have your par.
A good starting hole. A not too long par 5, with trees on both sides of the fairway, which, if the drive is not well positioned, can block the second shot from either side. Bunkers on either side of the green, limit the bail our area, and require a good shot to this slightly sloping green. Two putts and you should have your par.
An honest par 3 from whatever tee you play. The hole looks benign, so even though there are trees on the right, it is better to stay to the right, not only to avoid the big bunker but also the the hill beyond the bunker slopes steeply away from the green, which can create a tricky up and down
Number 3 of Hills is a long par 5, which parallels the canal on the left. There is a large banyon tree on the right, that acts like a magnet and limits options on the 2nd shot. The shot to the green is a “pick your poison shot” since the sloping, two tier green is protected by a steep bunker on the left, and two trees on the right.
Number 4 of Hills is a very pretty par 4, protected by a pond and steep bunker on the right. A few long hitters may try to fly the pond, but the bunker in front and back makes this, in addition to the length, a very difficult shot. For those who elect to avoid the water (and the hill that slopes to the water) by hitting “a little” left, the bunker on the left, can come into play, so it is better to hit it to the 150 yard mark and then hit a solid second shot to the green
Although number 5 is rated the easiest hole on Hills, the large bunker in front and on the right presents a formidable challenge, and an errant shot on the left will either find the small protecting bunker or go a small hill, requiring a delicate shot back to the green.
This long par 4 is the #1 rated hole on Hills. There is a large banyon tree on the right, that acts like a magnet on the drive, and limits options on the 2nd shot. Even a well placed drive is challenging, since the steeply sloping green is protected by bunkers on the right, left, and in the back and the hill on the left runs away from the green.
This relatively innocent looking hole has trouble everywhere. There is out of bounds on the left, water on the right (both on the drive and more importantly on the second shot), and the elevated green is guarded by a steep bunker in the back and on the right, a slight hill on the left which slopes to an area guarded by small shrubs
Number 8 from the Blue tees may be one of the prettiest driving holes on Hills, but regardless of which tee you drive from, the 2nd shot, over the water, to a two tier green is picturesque, and, if the pin is in the upper level, challenging for all players.
Number 9 is the signature hole on Hills, and a great finishing hole. The 90 degree dog leg requires a drive past the bunkers and the trees on the right, to the 150 yard mark. From the 150 yard mark, it is an uphill 2nd shot to an elevated, multi-tier green, protected on the left by water and a cavernous bunker. Rather than challenge the bunker, many players bail out to the left, but, depending on where the pin is, even a chip to the green does not insure a par, since the hole slopes steeply to the left; consequently, a slightly miss hit putt can result in being down a hill and 50 feet from the pin.