This hole is exactly what the course did not have, a long par 5. Stretching to 600 yards on any given day, the hole plays considerably downhill, but often into the wind. For most this will be a true 3 shot par 5. Black and blue tee players are treated to a dramatic drive from elevated tees but at a more challenging angle. The large waste bunker below the tees stops well short of being in play and provides a striking accent and character to the hole. The wide fairway narrows quickly at the far end with vegetation on the left that is to be avoided. The hole passes through a deep but grassed valley that crosses at the far end of the first landing area. This sets up a risk and reward option for the longer player on the drive. The 2nd shot and approach are played to a wide fairway that’s runs along the deep creek canyon on the right. The green is also situated along the hazard and nestles below the fairway on a lower bench created by an abrupt drop in the approach (formerly the 16th tees). The large and undulating surface is open across the front to allow a variety of approach shots. A back left bunker will catch the over aggressive inbound shot and guard nearby pins. A right front bunker adds dramatic affect along the canyon edge, but will save many from the fate of the hazard.
Playing tips- Don’t confuse length with difficulty. Play off the right side on the drive to catch additional run while staying away from the lower left danger. Longer players may test their mettle by threading the needle and catching the short cut down the drop at the end of the first landing area on their drive. The 2nd landing area is wide open but those that dare the canyon will like the resulting approach angle away from the canyon. Learn to use the slopes short of the green to gain those last few yards.