The opening hole at Valley Green requires a properly placed tee shot. A large water hazard on the right side of the fairway gathers a lot of golf balls, making this short par four a little harder than it first appears. Players will want to keep their drives toward the left side of the fairway in order to have a flat lie for their second shot. Some of the longer hitters may be able reach the hill leading up to the green, leaving them with just a pitch shot.
Here is a birdie opportunity. Although this par four hole is short, the player must hit their tee shot towards the right side of the fairway or the ball will end up in the left rough. The fairway slopes heavily towards the left side and a ball hit poorly will find tree trouble at the bottom of the hill. The green slopes severely to the front left, so staying below the hole is crucial.
This par three hole demands an accurate tee shot. From the elevated tee the green looks very inviting, but it’s tricky to get the yardage just right. Missing the green could prove disastrous, because there are trees to the left and right. Going over the green leaves the player with a downhill chip shot to a green that slopes from back to front.
This hole is a severe dogleg to the right, and requires a well positioned tee shot, longer hitters may not choose to use the driver on this par five hole. Once in the fairway you will have a decision to make. Do you go for the green in two, and possible birdie opportunity, or risk the consequences of aggressive play. You may choose to lay-up and your next shot is 80 to 90 yards up the hill to a green that slopes from back to front, so keep your shot short of the hole.
A challenging par four awaits you as you look out from the fifth tee. There is tree trouble to the left and four precisely placed fairway bunkers on the right. A good drive is on the left center of the fairway. This leaves the player with best approach to a green that slopes severely from back to front.
A severe downhill 135 yard par three awaits you at the sixth tee. Out of bounds long and a small water hazard in front and to the right side of this large flat green. With pine trees to the left side missing this green could leave you with a difficult chip shot.
This par four is a slight dog leg to the right and the second hardest hole on the golf course. There is out of bounds all the way up the right side. This hole plays uphill so take an extra club for your second shot to ensure you make it to the green. The putting surface is deep with a false front so make sure you hit to the middle of the green.
A straight away par four with out of bounds along the left side and trees on the right requires you to hit a shot near the middle of the fairway. This leaves you with a mid iron to a green that is sloped from back to front and guarded with bunker on the right side and large mounds at the back.
A short par four hole that is tree lined on both sides of the fairway. There are three well placed fairway bunkers on the right side. Stay to the right side and short of the bunkers to have the best view of the green. There is a large greenside bunker to the left side and this green slopes from front to back and to the right.
On this par four hole you will not be able to see the landing area, because the terrain slopes uphill. With trees on the right and out of bounds to left, a shot in the middle of the fairway is important. For your second shot you will be faced with a difficult approach to a small slightly elevated green. Depending on the pin placement a difficult putt is possible.
This is a long downhill par four hole. The fairway is tree lined on both sides, so your tee shot must find the fairway. This large relatively flat green is protected on the left and right with two large bunkers. There are large pine trees at the rear of this green so be careful not to be long.
Number twelve is a par five dogleg to the right. Your tee shot is up hill and there are trees on your left side and a large fairway bunker on your right. Favor the left side to set up your second shot that should be played down the left side, because of the slope that funnels your shot toward the trees on the right. If you found the left side of the fairway this opens up the green for your third shot. This is a large green and depending on the pin location you might need an extra club.
Do not underestimate this 160 yard uphill par three hole that generally plays into the prevailing wind. Take an extra club because anything short leaves a difficult uphill chip. If you are long there are three large mounds at the rear of this green leaving you a chip shot to a green that slopes toward the front. Knowing the pin location is important so keep your shot below the hole, this will leave you with an uphill putt.
Number fourteen is a par four dogleg left. There is a large ravine and out of bounds on the left side, so keep your tee shot straight to the large landing area. If you decide to take a more direct route over the corner and do not get the ball to the fairway you will behind a group of trees that guard the left side of this fairway. The green slopes from back to front and there is a large bunker on each side of this green.
This is a challenging par five with rolling terrain and a fairway that slopes sharply to the left. Keeping your tee shot down the right side will give you a better opportunity to reach this green in two. The second shot is slightly downhill and if you don’t reach this green, the player will have a short shot to a large green that slopes away from you. There are two large bunkers, one on each side guarding this green.
This uphill par four hole is tree lined on the right side of the fairway and there are trees to the left of the landing area. When you keep your shot to the left side of this fairway, you will have the best view of this green. There is a large bunker on the right front of this small green and the green slopes from back left, to the right front. Pin location is important, so keep your shot below the hole for the easier up hill putt.
This is a long par four with rolling terrain and trees on the right side of the fairway. There is out of bounds on the left side from the landing area to the green. If your drive is in the fairway near the top of the hill, you will be able to see this elevated green. There is a large deep bunker on the left side of this green. Reading your putt on this large flat green is difficult because of the minor breaks.
The players tee shot on the par three eighteenth hole is over a large pond to an uphill green. If you miss this green on left, right or short you will be faced with an extremely difficult uphill chip shot. If you hit your shot over the back of the green you will be faced with very hard downhill chip shot. This green slopes towards the front so leave yourself with an uphill putt. Don’t forget to visit are well stocked Pro Shop and sit and relax at Hogan’s for lunch or dinner and swap stories with other players.