Par 4 474 feet +50 ft. elev.
There's nothing like starting out with a 474 foot par 4 that plays at least 100 feet longer than it is! With a 50 foot rise in elevation, most people will choose to lay up at the bottom of the hill. Keep your tee shot to the right to give yourself the best angle to the pin, which is tucked in the trees about 60 feet left of the opening in the trees at the top of the hill. A birdie is possible here with a well-placed tee shot and a clean approach.
Keep your eyes open as you near the pin -- deer often congregate in the thickets beyond the basket.
Par 4 712 feet -38 ft. elevation
This is the first of several long downhill shots on this course. With a drop of 38 feet over the 712 foot distance, the sheer enjoyment of watching your tee shot sail down the fairway may somewhat make up for the pain of the previous hole. Be careful, though -- once the disc moves from the protected tree line to the open fairway, the persistent breeze can play havoc with your flight line. Both the OB road to the left and parking lot behind the pin and to the right will give the bigger arms something to think about. A pair of aggressive shots can set you up for a birdie opportunity, but a miscalculation, or a bad kick from one of the guardian trees surrounding the green, can easily result in a bogie or worse.
Par 5 600 feet +71 ft. elev.
Now the course gets nasty. Hole #3 is a 600 foot, double dogleg, par 5 beast which combines a narrow fairway, hefty elevation change (71 foot rise), and TWO tight turns. This is the first of many holes which will require intelligent course management and accurate shot placement to score well. Several false "short cuts" will tempt players to try to cut the corners, but missing those tiny windows will add strokes to an already difficult hole. Your first shot should be placed in front of the Silver teepad at the bottom of the hill. If the second shot is placed at the top of the ridge where the fairway turns to the right, the player will be left with about 190 feet to the pin and a chance at a birdie. But one mistake, and extra strokes will stack up quickly. Play this hole clean, and you'll gain strokes on the field.
Par 4 496 feet +15 ft. elev
Having survived the vicious double-dogleg and elevation of hole 3, the flat, gentle turns of this par 4 hole look like a breeze. However, this hole demands even MORE accuracy off the tee and fine control through the middle part of the fairway. Anything to the left finds brutal rough with dense trees compounded by thick undergrowth and piles of branches, so the right side of the fairway is where you want to focus. If you can find yourself near the silver tee on your drive, you could be looking at a chance at a birdie. Almost anything else will result in a par or worse.
Par 3 333 feet +2 ft. elev.
Continuing with the "stay on the fairway" theme from that last 2 holes, the par 3 5th hole is a dead straight, 333 foot fairway with an open, unprotected green. The fairway is "guarded" by one small, solitary tree at about the 150 foot mark which seems to be gifted with an uncanny "disc-magnet" ability. The fairway is about 25 feet wide it's entire length, so if you can throw 333 feet straight and accurate, then this hole will be a easy birdie. If not, then be prepared to work your way out of some pretty nasty rough.
Par 3 398 feet -43 ft. elev.
The tee shot on the par 3 6th hole looks like a simple left-to-right fade shot; and with a drop of 43 feet over its 398 foot length, this might seem like an easy birdie run. However, the transition from protective woods to open field allows for unnoticed breezes to play havoc with your flight line. Be sure to avoid the nasty "island-of-no-return" group of trees, brush, and vines that is short and to the left of the pin; discs entering this area may never be seen again!
Par 3 413 feet +10 ft. elev.
The tee shot on this 413 foot par 3 hole is a blind shot over the crest of a rise to a well protected green with a low ceiling. The guardian trees surrounding this pin position will frustrate the unfortunate player whose initial drive drifted off line. Keep your approach low and straight. The hole averages over par due to its length and insidious guardian trees, so walking away with a 3 won't cause you to lose ground on the field
Par 4 747 feet -40 ft. elev.
"Let 'er rip!" is the name of the game from the tee pad of this long par 4 hole. A wide open fairway invites you to fire off the biggest drive you can muster. Just don't go too far left towards the tree line, as it will make the left turn near the green much more difficult. Stay right -- but not too far right, as that will add unnecessary distance to an already long fairway. Turn the corner of the tree line and find the basket tucked into a clearing. There is a dropoff and thick undergrowth behind the pin, so be careful on your approach!
Par 3 296 feet +14 ft. elev.
Finally -- a par 3 hole under 300 feet! If this sounds like an easy birdie, think again! Although there is only 14 feet of elevation from the tee to the pin, this hole plays MUCH longer than its reported distance! Thick trees guard the left approach to the pin, while a lone guardian tree stands to the right. Manage to hit the green on your drive, and you have an excellent birdie opportunity. Miss the green, and your limited options could turn into lost strokes.
Par 4 580 feet -39 ft. elev.
Transitioning back into the woods, hole 10 demands accuracy. The fairway curves right and slopes left, creating the possibility for drives to skip off of the fairway and into trouble. Most of the elevation change is on the second half of the fairway, so it makes for a touchy approach. A MASSIVE dropoff just behind the basket punishes long approaches with the possibility of multiple added strokes, while approaches that are too short set up a "death putt" situation. Par on this hole is a great score -- as double (and even triple) bogies are not uncommon.
Par 4 435 feet +31 ft. elev.
Lefties rejoice!! This hole is only moderately difficult for you, where as right handed players with no forehand ability may be in for some sweat and tears! The elevation change is gradual, but the sharp right turn in the fairway keeps the difficulty level high on this hole. Keeping your shots in the fairway is a necessity for scoring well here. The green opens up to the left of the pin, so keep your approaches to that side of the fairway.
Par 4 537 feet -27 ft. elev.
Hole 12 starts out in the open, but quickly transitions into the woods once again. Once inside the treeline, the fairway curves gently to the left as it descends to a small plateau green. The entire fairway slopes down to the left, and many errant shots have found their way to the fence and the creek at the bottom of the hill. The trees are thick, the ground is rocky, and the recovery shots are as difficult as they are plentiful. At this point in the course, mental and physical fatigue can begin to play a role in shot selection and execution.
Par 3 242 feet +32 ft. elev.
The drive on this short part 3 is uphill and transitions from a wooded to an open fairway. Once again the green is guarded by several large trees with low branches, making approaching difficult. In addition, the upslope can make it difficult to judge the distance to the pin, and an error in judgement on what seems like a simple hole can quickly turn into extra strokes.
Note: Multiple reports of a large buck in this area have been received. Hunting is not permitted in the park -- not even with drivers!!!
Par 5 732 feet -28 ft. elev.
One of the signature holes on the course, hole 14 is a dogleg left, 732 foot nightmare. The turn is 275 feet down the fairway, which also includes a fair amount of elevation change UPWARDS before the turn. The remainder of the fairway is a severe down slope with multiple narrow alleys to the basket; but every throw is just one tree kick away from disaster. The tightly guarded basket beckons, tempting players to try to make up strokes; but, like most of the preceding holes, this one scores well above par -- so proceed with caution.
Par 4 373 feet +66 ft. elev.
A very straightforward, rather short par 4. At 373 feet, someone might expect that this would be an easy birdie hole at the very least. But with 66 feet of incline over that 373 feet (that's a 17.6 degree slope!), this isn't your normal par 4 hole! Two different fairways are available (left and right) leading to a blind green hidden by the top of the ridge. Rollaways are not only possible, they're likely. Pay attention to your landing area and escape with a par or better. Do so, and you'll gain strokes on a large part of the field.
Par 4 737 feet -80 ft. elev.
From a 373 foot par 4 to a 737 foot par 4; the difference is in the elevation. With 80 feet of drop, mostly over the first 300 feet of the fairway, this is another of the picturesque signature holes on the course. Wind up your driver and watch it soar; just be sure to clear the meadow grass covering the downslope. The grass is only trimmed a few times a year, so it is often 3+ feet high and very thick. Without a spotter, discs that fall into the grassy sea are likely lost for good. Make your approach to a green guarded by several large trees. Be aware that the fence and the road beyond the basket are OB, but there is plenty of green to work with, so pars and birdies are manageable.
Par 4 519 feet +63 ft. elev.
In keeping with the "up the hill, down the hill" pattern of the last several holes, once again it is time to go up! This hole starts with a wide open fairway which begs for the player to unleash another monster drive; but use caution, placement for the second shot, which re-enters the woods and goes sharply upwards, is absolutely critical. Land a few feet outside of the fairway line, and a straight uphill approach becomes a logistical nightmare. The slope is steep, but the ground is fairly rocky, which should help keep rollaways to a minimum.
Par 3 420 feet -37 ft. elev.
The final hole is a long, sweeping right turn, ending with an elevated basket. The fairway transitions from wooded to open, but the open area hugs the tree line closely, so shots too far to the right will get caught up in the foliage. The elevated basket changes the putting line just enough to make the slightest breeze a danger. Finish strong, and reward yourself with an ice cream cone from the park's general store.