The 8th hole is a tough par 4 protected by a large lake (above left). The approach shot is often a good 150 yard carry over the lake to a tiered, sloped green. Going long into the fescue or bunker leaves a tough downhill chip that could end up wet! The 11th hole is a beauty with a lovely creek meandering through the green. Hit a 180 yard ball then a pitching wedge to a long green. After the hole, you go under the road to the best part of the course. The back 7. The first hole, the 12th, is a picturesque par 5 (above right) with a massive bunker protecting an elevated green that is relatively receptive to golf balls. Miss short and you’re in trouble! The lay up here is pin high, or short of that, to the right which likens it to the legendary Par 5 4th of Bethpage Black.
Another great hole here is the 1 handicap, the Par 4 15th. The hole itself is 444 yards with an ever-so-slight dogleg to the right. But instead of being lined by fescue its lined with a thick pine forest so you have to be precise. This gives the hole a completely different feel than the rest of the course – a somewhat welcomed escape.