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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Par 4: A tee shot of approximately 220 yards towards the fairway bunker is ideal and will open up the approach to one of the largest greens on the golf course. Be certain as to the yardage on your approach or else a three putt is very likely.
Par 4: The second hole begins with arguably one of the toughest tee shots in Southwestern Ontario. Favour the right side as the native grass is very close down the left. A low approach will possibly bounce up on to a green that slopes off on all sides. A par here and chances are good that you will have the honour on the 3rd hole!
Par 3: A medium-length par 3 that is a nice breather after the 2nd hole. A shot to the middle of the green is best as anything left or short will likely lead to bogey or worse. Check the tree tops for the wind direction, as club selection here is crucial.
Par 4: Another strong par 4. Favour the left side of the fairway, as the flatter landing area opens up the green. The approach must carry on to the green as anything short will hit into the bank and leave a challenging chip shot. Putts on #4 can be tricky as the green slopes in many directions.
Par 5: Grey Silo’s signature hole. A terrific risk/reward hole where birdies can be made. A tee shot down the left leaves a much shorter shot in, but many great rounds have been stopped by a pulled tee shot into the large pond on the left. Deep bunkers surround a very undulating green on all sides. Get caught up in the picturesque setting around hole #5, and a big number may quickly show up on your card!
Par 5: A medium length par 5. An ideal tee shot favours the left side as the prevailing wind pushes many balls in the native grass down the right. The collection area short and right of the green is a popular spot for many approaches as it leaves a relatively simple pitch on to the putting surface. Make sure you have the right yardage for your approach, as this is quite a deep green.
Par 4: Changing directions with hole #7, the prevailing wind is hopefully now at your back. Be careful on the tee shot as there are many bunkers that come into play. A low, running approach works well on this hole as missing the green on either side leaves a challenging chip. Par is a great score here anytime!
Par 4: You definitely want to pull out the club you are most confident with for this tee-shot. With water on both sides, a shot to the 150 marker is always a good play. The longer hitters may even have a go at the green if a favourable wind is blowing. A fairly flat green should present frequent birdie opportunities.
Par 3: A great par 3 where the wind can wreak havoc. The best play is for the front left corner of the green as anything over is an almost certain bogey or worse. The ninth green is one of the most undulating on the course. No gimmies here!
Par 4: The tenth presents a formidable tee shot with trouble on all sides. A shot of 220-250 yds. will provide you with a short approach to another relatively flat green. Don’t be short on the approach however, as your ball will likely roll well back from the green down into the collection area.
Par 4: Any tee shot just left of the fairway bunkers will leave a straight forward approach shot. The 11th green is always among the firmest on the golf course, so be careful! Fairway collection areas wait on all sides of the green for any arrant shots.
Par 3: A short yet challenging par 3. The prevailing wind typically blows off the fence line and pushes many a promising tee shot into the deep depression right of the green. Any ball that does find the putting surface will usually be faced with a putt that could break in a number of directions. Another hole where par is a great score.
Par 4: A tee shot that the big hitters have been waiting for. With the usual wind at your back and a large landing area, #13 is definitely a good spot to let it rip! Favour the right side of the green on your approach as the largest bunker at Grey Silo awaits any off-line shots to the left.
Par 4: One of the most demanding holes at the Silo. A tee shot between the bunkers will leave a shot of 150 – 200 yds. to a relatively open green. Any shot coming to rest over the green will leave an almost impossible chip shot back to a putting surface which slopes back to front.
Par 4: Place a premium on accuracy on this hole. Trouble looms on either side of the 15th fairway as well as all around the green. A play to the 150 yd. will undoubtedly leave the best opportunity for an approach shot that can attack the flag. Controlling your distance will be essential as two distinct tiers on the green can result in a severe putt.
Par 4: A very picturesque view awaits golfers arriving to the 16th hole. A tee shot of some length will be required to carry both the wetland and fairway bunker. The approach also requires carrying a marsh area to quite a gentle putting surface. Any 2nd shot coming to rest on the green should leave a reasonable birdie opportunity.
Par 3: Got a good round going? #17 will definitely test you to see how well you have been hitting it! Without a doubt, the most challenging par 3 on the golf course. Be cautious of the wind, as the teeing area is somewhat sheltered from the breeze. A tee shot missing the green anywhere but short left will most certainly lead to bogey or worse.
Par 5: The 18th is a comfortable par 5 that allows you to take a breath after challenges faced on #17. A tee shot towards the halfway house is ideal, but no more than 250 yds. or else you will find the stream that cuts across the fairway. An approach at the right side of the green should leave a gentle pitch & run or putt up to the flag. Birdies are plentiful and with a little luck, even the odd eagle can be had here.