A fairly generous landing area off the tee starts off the back side. However, this will change quickly for the second shots, as a pond to the right of the green and a very undulating green complex makes an accurate approach a must. Not a cinch birdie by any means. Pro Tip: Like many greens at CECC, going long on your approach will prove to be an almost impossible up and down.
Accuracy off the tee is the name of the game here. Smart players play for position to allow for a shot from the fairway that will hopefully come to rest hole high. Watch for a very sloped green from back to front, especially the front right pin locations. Pro Tip: Watch out for that false front, one of the steepest slopes on the course.
To reach this green in regulation takes three solid shots played between tree lines and a large embankment on the right. The green is large, but it is not easy to get up and down if you are out of position. Pro Tip: Tee shots should be aimed at left center off the tee, as a tee shot to the right will be a difficult recovery to get home in regulation.
A pond protects the front and left of this green, with bunkers flanking the left and right. A large ridge separates the front from the back and makes for some interesting lag putting. However, it is one of the easiest greens to read, if you are lucky enough to hit it in regulation. Pro Tip: Grab an extra club, there is much more room long and dry than short and wet.
This is one of the tightest tee shots on the golf course, with giant sequoias guarding the right side and a cluster of firs and cedars protecting the left side. An original AV Macan designed green, with a very difficult back left pin location. This is a very strategic, short par 4. Pro Tip: Don’t get greedy off the tee, as the fairway starts to pinch in around 125 yards.
The best line off the tee is left center, short of the left bunker to this dogleg right par 4. Aggressive players will challenge the right bunker, but the landing area is narrow and the carry is long. The green is guarded by bunkers short right and to the left, making the right pin locations blind and difficult. Players hitting the fairway will be rewarded with short irons and plenty of birdies. Pro Tip: Avoid the right side of this hole, as you can get blocked easily with your approach to the green.
The longest par 3 on the course offers the accurate long iron player a chance at a rare birdie. However, the table-top green offers a challenge if missed from the tee. Holding the green with a low shot is difficult. Pro Tip: I’d rather be short than long on #16, as over the green is an impossible up and down.
Long hitters beware: A hidden lake to the right of this fairway makes players very careful with their tee shot placement. Best line is favoring the left side of the fairway, short of the new bunker. The tri-level green can be exceedingly fast sloping from back right to front left. This green sees its fair share of three putts. Pro Tip: Unless you can confidently carry the greenside right bunker with your approach, just play to the left front of the green and take your chances at a two putt.
Originally our 9th hole, this tight par 4 is played best from the left side of the fairway, as a large bunker guards the right side of the fairway. The pond to the short, left of the green tends to force players to play long. However, avoiding the water hazard altogether brings the bunker right of the green in to play, making the undulating green a difficult task to get up and down. Pro Tip: Don’t let the back left hole location intimate you – there’s plenty of room!