Hole 1: Par 4
White Tees: 305 yards
Gold Tees: 284 yards
Red Tees: 271 yards
The opening hole is a short, yet deceptively tricky par 4. Out of bounds and lateral hazard line the right hand side of the hole, narrowing closer to the green, and trees loom to the left, putting a premium on hitting the fairway. At 200 yards from the white tees a lateral hazard runs to the left and the right of the fairway, catching even well hit balls that stray only a little to one side off the tee. The green is guarded by five sand traps that most shots that do not fly onto the putting surface.
Pro’s Tip: While the prospect of having an opening birdie after a big tee shot will entice some longer hitters to pull out the driver, trouble to the right of the hole and around the green will too often lead to a big number. Hitting the club that will leave the ball short of the hazard is the right play, resulting in a short iron into the putting surface. Aim for the center of the green on the approach to avoid the sand.