This is a nice, gentle starting hole; slightly downhill, and with a couple of options to navigate around the trees guarding the front of the green. The walking path and across is out of bounds, and when the green is fast (like right after the park maintenance workers have run their mowers), shots can easily skip into trouble.
Hole number 2 is a bit longer, but with with only two trees in the fairway, the tee shot is a bit more forgiving. The rough on the left divides the fairways of holes 2 and 3 -- and it get's pretty nasty in the summer -- so favor the wide right line unless you are confident in your straight drives. A longer approach is necessary here, and with a thick rough behind the basket and a guardian tree in front, distance accuracy is a must!
And now for something COMPLETELY different (which is a reference that most under the age of 40 won't understand!), hole #3 is a laser straight tunnel shot between a nasty rough and an even NASTIER rough! The slightest mistake can turn this hole into a nightmare of thorns, branches, and vines. The OB walking path is beyond the basket, so take care with your approach.
Hole #4 will test your driving accuracy by forcing you to make a long drive between a row of hardwood trees to the left and pine trees on the right. The out-of-bounds walkway to the left presents the most obvious danger here, but the pines on the right create a barrier which is very difficult to navigate around if you happen to get stuck behind them. Keep an eye out for pedestrians as you finish up this hole and move to the other side of the walkway for our next tee shot.
Hole #5 presents a new challenge; placement. The initial tee shot needs to be positioned in front of one of several gaps through a grove of pines. The out of bounds on both sides (the walking path to the right and the private property to the left) only add to the challenge. A poor placement shot could mean wasting a stroke getting into position to attack the pin -- located deep in the trees. And be warned; these trees are thick and sturdy, so "spike hyzer" shots often result in discs stuck 30 feet up in a tree with no way of retrieving them.
Having successfully navigated the long previous hole, this short par 3 is a chance to catch your breath. The private property to the left is OB, but thick hedges make it pretty difficult to go there. The walking path to the right, however, can be a concern if you throw too far, too high, or his a tree at just the wrong moment. Once you complete this hole, the next tee is found up the walkway and to the left -- look for the signs.
Hole 7 begins a series of three holes that play through a grove of pines planted in rows. The first plays down a slight decline, with the basket at the bottom of the fairway - one row to the left. The OB on this hole doesn't really factor into play, unless you are VERY unlucky. However, make sure to keep you drive low, as the pine branch ceiling is deceptively low; and be aware that the pine straw makes for a fast and slippery green.
Hole number 8 plays back up the slope through another tunnel in the trees. This fairway is only slightly longer than hole 7, however, the upslope will make this fairway seem extra long and the ceiling extra low. This fairway is tight, so much so that hitting the green on the drive is a real bonus! Take a moment after completing this hole to notice the view behind the basket. Amish farmland, rolling hills, and the Turkey Point wind turbines are usually visible from this vantage point.
The final hole in the "Tunnel Series" actually starts out in the open. The gently decending par 3 requires a late left-to-right movement to reach the green located in the final row of pines. The walking path behind the basket is out-of-bounds, as is the natural area to the left of the fairway. The park has requested that you be as gentle as possible to the natural area, as it is being used as a long-term nature recovery experiment. Please do not throw from within the OB area, designated by the edge of the high grass area.
Finally finished with tunnel shots for a few holes, this longer par 3 lets you open up your drive a bit. The Walking path and nature area are both OB, but once past this danger, the fairway opens up. The green is nearly surrounded by trees, so place you drive a bit to the left for an easier approach. The next tee is through the trees behind the basket.
Hole number 11 is the longest fairway on the course. At 611 feet, and playing substantially uphill, this par 4 hole makes it seem MUCH longer than it is. The natural area comes into play on the left, so be careful not to misplay your attempt to cut the corner and add strokes to your score. The pin is tucked back in the upper grove of trees, and with the walking path just behind the basket, this approach can be a bit tricky. A birdie on this hole requires a big arm, an accurate approach, and a hot putter!
Having worked your way up the hill on the last hole, you now get to bomb your way back down. This 442 foot par 3 tempts you to putt out your favorite driver and launch a massive shot at the basket. The basket of hole 10 and the tees for holes 11 and 13 are in the vicinity of this green, so keep an eye out for other players. As of the writing of this description, there are no known aces on this hole -- will you have the first?
Hole 13 adds another challenge to the uphill drive -- a long, sweeping left turn for the first part of the fairway. There is a "Mando" sign by the tree to the left of the opening to the fairway -- players mush stay to the right of that sign for the safety of players playing holes 11 and 12. Once through the gap, it's another long climb up the fairway to a green that is just inside of the OB walking path. The slope makes this approach difficult to gauge, so be extra considerate of the walkers and joggers on the path.
With a simple little right to left fairway, hole 14 lets your arm recover from the strenuous middle holes on the course. The green has been cut into the trees, just deep enough to make hitting the green on the drive a bit of a challenge. There's no OB on this hole (unless you turn around in the tee area and throw the wrong way), so this hole is a chance to relax and prepare for the finishing holes -- which are a bit more of a challenge.
Hole 15 is another tunnel shot, but with a much higher ceiling. The green is hidden from the tee by more trees, and judging the distance before the turn is not as easy as it seems. The walking path is just beyond the turn, so a driver that flies just a little too long may result in a penalty stroke. The rough on both sides of the fairway is unusually nasty, and pitch-outs are often the only option.
Hole 16 is a shot-shaper's dream! The narrow fairway has a double curve, which requires the right disc selection, a mountain of finesse, and an ocean of confidence! This little hole will challenge the intermediate players to shape their drives, while tempting the more advanced players to play aggressively and risk going OB or deep in the rough. The tee for hole 17 requires a bit of backtracking -- look for the trail leading to the tee area.
The fairway for hole 17 incorporates another big, sweeping turn -- this time from left to right. Many errant drives with go across the walking path into the OB area, so take an extra second and consider all of your options! At 365 feet, this green is reachable from the tee -- but only by well-executed drives that avoid the guardian trees.
The final hole is a longer par 3 which, like hole #1, gives the player a choice of shots to attack the green. The green itself is guarded by several trees, but is easily approachable from the fairway. The OB walking path is far enough removed from the fairway that it shouldn't play into the strategy on this hole. This is a long, but simple, drive-approach-putt hole to end your round.