Southwestern Amateur Course Set-up Information
Bentgrass Greens (11.5-12.0 stimpmeter)
BermudagrassTees and Fairways
1 (582 yards Par 5)
The first hole starts you off with a highly elevated tee shot. This slight dogleg to the left comes into play on your second and third shots. The ideal tee shot would be right over the tree in the middle of the fairway. The approach shot is slightly uphill and guarded by three different bunkers; two short, one on each side of the green, and one long off the right side of the green.
2 (489 yards Par 4)
This hole plays downhill towards the Valley. You have more room to the right than it appears. If you are a longer hitter, you can also drive through the left side of this fairway. The approach is sloped left to right, with a bunker guarding the front right portion of the green. Again this shot plays slightly downhill.
3 (414 yards Par 4)
This hole is ranked hardest on the course. It requires a precise tee shot up the middle to the right side of the fairway, avoiding the large bunker to the left of the fairway. The green is heavily protected by bunkers and has a large ridge in the middle portion. A shot to the right portion of this green is imperative if you want to two-putt.
4 (244 yards Par 3)
A downhill par three with great views of the Valley. This oversized green has bunkers on either side of it. Aim for the middle, this will give you the safest chance of two putting.
5 (483 yard Par 4)
The fifth hole is a dogleg left. You should aim your tee shot at the restroom in the distance. Long hitters might be able to cut the corner, slightly. The approach shot has a rare water hazard guarding the left side of the green so make sure you have the right distance to avoid it.
6 (445 yards Par 4)
On this downhill dogleg left par four, there is a large bunker bordering the left side of the first fairway that requires an accurate tee shot. Make sure you do not hit it too far and go through the fairway. Long hitters might have the opportunity to go for the second fairway if they think they can carry the wash that separates the two fairways. The approach shot is into another well-protected green with bunkers short right and long of it. Again, the middle of this green will leave a manageable putt to any hole location.
7 (193 yards Par 3)
This par three plays slightly uphill. This green is again protected by bunkers, one short and one long. The green is split with a ridge in the middle of it which collects balls to the right side of the green or to the front left portion. The left side is disastrous, falling off drastically within yards from the green. The safe play is to aim for the right, larger portion of the green.
8 (355 yards Par 4)
This uphill par four requires a precise tee shot, avoiding the tree in the right center of the fairway. This deep green has a large bunker guarding the entire left portion. The green is also divided into three different areas, very important to find the correct one. Sometimes you can use the severe slope on the back of the green to get close to a pin.
9 (534 yards Par 5)
Finishing up the out nine holes is an opportunistic dogleg left reachable par five. The tee ball requires you to hit the fairway that is guarded on both the left and right sides with bunkers. Long hitters can cut the corner, but if you get too aggressive you might not carry the entire desert. The green is elevated and protected by a bunker in the front and a deep bunker to its left. The green is fairly flat so anything on in regulation should be an easy two-putt par.
3739 yards Par 36
10 (424 yards Par 4)
A very difficult par four awaits you. You must navigate you way onto a two-tier fairway, avoiding the bunker on the right side. If you find yourself on the lower portion of the fairway you won’t see this well-protected green. On your approach shot you will need to decide if you think you can carry not only the waste area that is short of the green but also the bunkers sprinkled around guarding the front of this green. Much like the eighth hole, use the back portion of this green to your advantage. Most balls will roll back to the center portion of this right-to-left sloped green to leave you a touchy two putt.
11 (190 yards Par 3)
This green is over 50 yards wide and plays rather like 2 smaller and very different greens combined. The left portion of this green is a “bowl” shaped green, whereas the right portion is just back-to-front sloped. This hole plays slightly downhill and requires a shot over a large canyon.
12 (564 yards Par 5)
The twelfth hole is a slight dogleg right par 5. It starts off with an elevated tee shot to what seems to be a small fairway. Aim down the middle or left side to give you the best angle into the next fairway. You have to navigate you way over or through a sixty yard wide desert wash area before reaching the second part of the fairway. This green is guarded by large mounds in front and along the right side of the green. Once on the green, manage your pace for a simple two-putt.
13 (410 yards Par 4)
Another split fairway par four. You must maneuver your way around or over the tree on the right side of the fairway to get a clear look uphill to the green. The green has a false front and a ridge separating an upper and lower portion of the green. The left side of the green is protected by many bunkers. The approach shot plays almost a full club uphill.
14 (357 yards Par 4)
Longer hitters on this shorter par four can cut the corner and aim right over the desert on the left side of the hole. This fairway has a large collection area that if you don’t hit your tee ball far enough, it will roll back down into it. There is one bunker guarding the front portion of this two-tiered green.
15 (510 yards Par 5)
This is an uphill dogleg left par five. Your tee shot is over a large canyon to a bunker littered fairway. Once you get there, it is an uphill shot to a blind green. Which has a false front guarding the left side and a large ridge separating the right from left portion of this green. The approach shot requires an accurate yardage to ensure you miss the bunkers and mounds spread around this green.
16 (497 yards Par 4)
This is the most unique hole on the course, a downhill dogleg left par four. A canyon guards all sides of the fairway giving it a visual of being an island fairway. Once you reach the fairway, the green sits about thirty feet below you. It is slightly bowled to help hold the long distance approach shot that you will have. It has bunkers guarding the front right portion of the green and the left side. Do not miss right or it will fall about fifteen feet below the surface of the green into the desert.
17 (405 yards Par 4)
A slight uphill par four with bunkers bordering the right side of the hole. The green sits about fifteen feet above you and has a bunker short and right of it. Anywhere on the green is a safe shot and should leave a manageable two-putt.
18 (197 yards Par 3)
You finally made it to the signature hole. Enjoy another elevated tee shot to this two-tiered green. This hole plays slightly downhill, perhaps one half of a club. Both the upper and lower portions of the green are fairly flat, it is the amount of hazards on this hole that you should try to avoid. There is another canyon to carry, which is marked as a lateral water hazard. Once you carry that, you then will try to avoid the bunker left and right of the green. Oh yes, in case you're focused on the views of the clubhouse, it is out of bounds so don't miss long or left. Good Luck!
3554 yards Par 36
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