Hole 1

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

399

4

A challenging opening par four hole that provides a blind second shot for drives not reaching the top of the hill. Drives hit left of the fairway tend to kick towards the out of bounds that lines the entire left side of the hole. A flagpole in the distance provides a sight line to the center of the green, which is guarded by a left greenside bunker and slopes from back to front.

Hole 2

Par

Yards

Handicap

3

175

10

This scenic medium length par three requires correct judgment of distance to make a regulation par. Tee shots from the lower left tee tend to play a half club longer and provide a more intimidating look at the left greenside bunker and visually make the green appear smaller. Tee shots from the upper tee have a fuller view of the entire green, but bring the right side bunker more into play.

Hole 3

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

416

6

A dogleg left to right par four that rewards drives that carry the hill by adding distance, however, accuracy is at premium as shots missing the fairway left and right do not provide many aggressive plays towards the green. The telephone pole in the distance provides a nice sight line from the tee. There is water well left of the fairway and is visible on the approach. This green slopes from back to front and is protected by a back right greenside bunker.

Hole 4

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

359

2

The distance on this par four doesn’t appear intimidating, but it is slightly uphill and offers very few level lies on the approach. The tee shot must favor the left side of the hole as drives placed right are blocked by over hanging trees near the green. A well placed drive still provides an intimidating look over a bunker to this very difficult and elevated green. Shots that are missed short, left, and right offer significant challenges, but a miss long is costly as water is very much in play behind this green. Stay below the hole.

Hole 5

Par

Yards

Handicap

3

167

16

This is a tricky medium length par three where distance control is critical. This green is protected with trees on its left, along with two left greenside bunkers. Tee shots missed long provide a treacherously elevated and blind shot to get up and down. Balls hit short will roll down the slight elevation and the rough on the right side can be difficult. It is one of the more difficult greens to read as there are many minor subtleties that make the player trust their stroke.

Hole 6

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

316

18

This is a short reachable par four that tempts the long hitter to drive the green. Most others should play a club off the tee that leaves a comfortable distance from the fairway to this large two-tiered green. Shots ending up in the right rough produce a challenging blind shot over/under a tree. Missing left of the fairway on an approach is costly as you are left with a demanding long bunker shot. Being on the correct tier of the hole placement eliminates some challenging putts, however, the back-to-front sloped green can make all downhill putts slick.

Hole 7

Par

Yards

Handicap

5

476

12

Long hitters are tempted again as big drives over the corner of the small trees on the right side of the fairway provide a shorter approach and better angle, however, the percentages are better off connecting the dots on the short double dogleg left-to-right-to-left par five. Water is in play on the right for shots heading right or those failing to cut the corner. A small hill that is visible from the tee is a good launch pad for the second shot. From this area the best lay up is short of the 100 yard marker at the top of the hill. Shots past this hill, or failed attempts to hit the green in two, leave an un-level or blind approach to this back-to-front and left-to-right sloped green.

Hole 8

Par

Yards

Handicap

3

195

8

One of the most demanding tee shots on the golf course. This par three requires pinpoint accuracy and distance control to ensure a par. Shots placed directly in front and short of the green make for the best chance at an up and down. This green is sloped back-to-front and misses to the right provide patchy areas of grass as it is a popular collection area and it is well shaded by the trees. Long will test the best players touch, and anything left of the green will fall off and feed back to the seventh fairway.

Hole 9

Par

Yards

Handicap

5

480

14

Another relatively short par five. Water guards the right rough and is marked with a tall pole. A telephone pole in the distance offers a nice sight line for the drive. Long hitters can challenge the fairway bunkers that flank both sides of the fairway. Drives that get beyond them offer a short approach to reach the green in two. Others can try to play to the center of the fairway and judge where they’d like to play their third from. 125-100 yards away from the green offers a downhill lie. Short or long of this distance area allows the player to attack this large back-to-front sloped green that is protected on the sides and behind by bunkers.

Hole 10

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

344

11

Accuracy rather than distance is at a premium on this short par four hole. A slight downhill tee shot frames up nicely around this tree-lined hole. Long hitters may be able to get within a chip of the green, but those failing will test their recovery shots as the trees don’t always provide the most generous openings. A well positioned fairway shot allows a player to play more safely towards the pin. This is one of the newer greens with two distinct halves and is protected by a left front and back right bunker.

Hole 11

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

356

13

Forget your pail and shovel. Nary a bunker on this short par four, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have teeth. Trees overhang in the right rough ready to block an errant drive. Trees also border the left side, however, Out of bounds looms beyond them at the edge of Larpenteur Avenue. Tee shots hit to the left side of the fairway all tend to feed right off of the small hill. This is a very small and relatively flat green. There is no easy up and down around this green, but shots that find it produce relatively simple putts.

Hole 12

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

417

1

Up periscope! Check for the group ahead and when it is clear keep the elevated green in the distance of this challenging par four as your sightline. Out of bounds is right at the driving range fence. Players should budget on this shot playing one club longer than the distance due to the steep elevation on this green. Shots short of the green will roll back down leaving a blind attempt at up and down. Left, right, and over are also difficult leaves. This green has back-to-front slope with a higher ridge on the left hand side. Note: Approaches hit there funnel to the center of the green.

Hole 13

Par

Yards

Handicap

5

536

9

This is that last and longest par five on the course. Choose a line along the left edge of the trees. This combined with a Right-to-left ball flight would be ideal as straight shots aimed at the center of the fairway go through it. Long hitters may challenge the green, but a ball below the feet lie in the fairway make the tree lined fairway seem narrow and Cleveland Avenue seem so much closer. Players will find more consistent success laying up to a comfortable distance to attack this very large green that is protected by a right greenside bunker. There are a few subtleties to the green, but it is relatively flat.

Hole 14

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

310

17

This is that last and longest par five on the course. Choose a line along the left edge of the trees. This combined with a Right-to-left ball flight would be ideal as straight shots aimed at the center of the fairway go through it. Long hitters may challenge the green, but a ball below the feet lie in the fairway make the tree lined fairway seem narrow and Cleveland Avenue seem so much closer. Players will find more consistent success laying up to a comfortable distance to attack this very large green that is protected by a right greenside bunker. There are a few subtleties to the green, but it is relatively flat.

Hole 15

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

390

3

Here’s another chance to use the periscope to check out play ahead. Out of bounds borders the entire right side of this hole. Many large trees protect against the “bail out” on the left hand side and doesn’t offer an advantageous shot to the green. A tee shot directed towards the electrical tower or just left of the Memorial Shelter roof will find the center of the fairway due to downhill and left to right landing areas in the fairway. Approach shots generally are blind from 100 yard out. The green is protected by a left greenside bunker, a drop off on the left and back, and out-of-bounds not more than 15 feet from the right side of the green. Former gophers consistently list this as one of the hardest driving holes in the state.

Hole 16

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

377

5

This is a difficult uphill par four which requires an accurate tee shot to make a decent approach to this very elevated and blind green. Out-of-bounds borders the entire right side of the hole. Shots from the tee hit to the right rough tend to kick down to the fairway. Trees also guard the entire left hand side of the fairway and provide little success to advance the ball toward the green. Depending on conditions shots from the base of the hill tend to play at least one club longer due to the steep grade of elevation. The flag pole provides a general indicator of the green, but the pin placement is all important as this shot could play up to two clubs longer if the pin is in back. The hole is devoid of bunkers, but is well protected by a back-to-front slope and also a tendency to break towards the large oak just short and right of the green.

Hole 17

Par

Yards

Handicap

3

151

15

The final par three on the course requires accurate distance control to the center of the green. A false front protects this elevated green and shots hit in the front third may not stay on!!! Left of the green offers a challenging bunker shot to this back-to-front sloped green. Long of the green offers a horrifying approach as one tries to conjure up a blind uphill shot underneath trees to a green that slopes away. Try to stay below the pin as the back to front slope can be quite treacherous.

Hole 18

Par

Yards

Handicap

4

414

7

The home hole is one of the longer par fours on the course. A good drive down the center needs to carry the hill in order to have a visible approach to this slightly down hill green. Trees line either side of the fairway and provide marginal openings to the green. Distance and accuracy are required on the approach as there is a drop off behind and to the left of the green. They both feed shots to out of bounds. The green is forgiving, yet sometimes difficult to read. This is an apropos finish to this scenic and challenging golf course.