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~flag~ Hole #1

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 3 - Women's 11

  • 425
  • 396
  • 379
  • 356
  • 351

The first hole demands a tee shot that avoids on the left the first of many dramatic fairway bunkers on the course. At first look, the approach seems shorter than the yardage, but take enough club. With a sharp drop to the left and a two-tiered green, the hole offers a challenging introduction to the golf course at Bent Creek Country Club.

~flag~ Hole #2

Par 3

Handicap: Men's 9 - Women's 7

  • 201
  • 164
  • 152
  • 131
  • 128

A scenic and tough par 3, the second hole is something special. A bailout area to the right of the green allows an option for the faint of heart. The green slopes hard from the right and allows for a diabolic pin tucked far left, forcing a carry all over water.

~flag~ Hole #3

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 1 - Women's 1

  • 424
  • 382
  • 346
  • 319
  • 316

The third hole wins for hardest hole on the course. Playing uphill and sloping considerably left to right, the fairway is cupped on both sides by bunkers that are in play from every tee. The green is nearly surrounded by deeply cut traps and has a back right shelf resting over a significant crest. A par on this hole is a memorable occasion.

~flag~ Hole #4

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 7 - Women's 5

  • 405
  • 395
  • 356
  • 335
  • 331

Hole 4 includes a waste area just past the fairway bunker on the left that cuts the fairway off and can catch the longest of drives. A smart choice may be a layup to a generous landing area to the right of the fairway trap. The player is then left with a longish second shot over the waste area to a nicely contoured but shallow green.

~flag~ Hole #5

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 13 - Women's 13

  • 367
  • 325
  • 315
  • 277
  • 274

The 5th hole is one that will be remembered by the player for being one of the most impressive on the course but also for its stern test. Just to the right of the large trap on the left serves as a good target from the tee. However, the further right the drive stops on this tilted fairway, the more difficult the second shot, leaving a progressively blind approach. The green is narrow but deep, forcing club selection to be a premium.

~flag~ Hole #6

Par 3

Handicap: Men's 15 - Women's 17

  • 162
  • 140
  • 125
  • 101
  • 96

The second par three on the front nine, number 6 is played over a cavernous trap fronting the green. Anything short that is caught up in the sand leaves a shot that must quickly climb over the substantial white-walled face of the bunker. There is a collection area to the rear and left of the green. Balls that finish there leave a difficult uphill pitch from a tight lie. Distance control rewards the player with a putt for birdie.

~flag~ Hole #7

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 17 - Women's 15

  • 321
  • 297
  • 268
  • 254
  • 225

From the tee on the seventh hole, the player confronts an impressive sea of sand. Running both sides of the fairway for nearly its entire length, the bunkers force decisions from the tee and for the second shot. Anywhere from a midiron to a driver can be chosen for the challenging tee shot on this short hole. The green is deceptively complex. Extra care is needed to read the slopes and to plan for putts that otherwise could surprise.

~flag~ Hole #8

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 5 - Women's 3

  • 412
  • 383
  • 346
  • 311
  • 310

Number 8 is the signature hole for the course and includes hazards and highlights that will be remembered long after the round. The tee shot is squeezed by a perfectly placed tree on the left and a series of slopes that traverse the entire right rough. Starting at 100 yards short of the green, the pond on the far right slices into the fairway. The further left on this hole, including shots to the green, prove a much safer route.

~flag~ Hole #9

Par 5

Handicap: Men's 11 - Women's 9

  • 543
  • 302
  • 480
  • 412
  • 409

The first par 5 on the course, the long number 9 begins with an uphill tee shot to the crest of a hill, framed by a large trap on the left that reaches more into play the longer the tee shot. A well placed pot bunker within the left side of the fairway and other traps all combine to force a thoughtful layup. The approach plays uphill, over traps on the right, and requires enough club to reach the putting surface.

~flag~ Hole #10

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 6 - Women's 10

  • 423
  • 383
  • 358
  • 319
  • 314

The 10th hole is a straight away par 4 with a challenging approach over a pond and waste area to a green that looks very small from the fairway. A drive up the left side is by far the best choice. The green tilts right to left, leaning hard toward the water.

~flag~ Hole #11

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 10 - Women's 14

  • 362
  • 334
  • 319
  • 285
  • 282

Number 11 finds more water on the left and penalty strokes on the right. A drive left of center that avoids the traps that cut into the fairway leaves a slightly downhill approach. The green is surrounded by sand and allows for many choices of tough pin placements.

~flag~ Hole #12

Par 5

Handicap: Men's 14 - Women's 8

  • 520
  • 464
  • 446
  • 435
  • 435

A slightly uphill par 5 waits at number 12. The fairway empties on the right to a deep trap followed by long rough that defines the landing areas all the way to the green. O.B. left must also be considered and avoided. The green is routed around deep bunkers with small landing areas, strong slopes, and a false front on the left. This is a solid par 5.

~flag~ Hole #13

Par 3

Handicap: Men's 18 - Women's 18

  • 152
  • 128
  • 113
  • 112
  • 102

And now for something different – a very short par three. Number 13 plays to small but deep green adding yards to the shot and pressure on club selection. Any shot missing the green leaves a very difficult pitch to a tilted surface that seems to run away from the player no matter the angle.

~flag~ Hole #14

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 4 - Women's 6

  • 431
  • 402
  • 378
  • 357
  • 355

The 14th hole is a sharp dogleg that has O.B. left awaiting shots that try to cut off too much of the corner. A series of traps frame the hole on the right and provide targets for off the tee. An uphill second shot is to a green that allows a safe approach onto its right portion, but includes a second tier in the rear that invites tough back pin placements. A collection area awaits shots that are left and long.

~flag~ Hole #15

Par 3

Handicap: Men's 16 - Women's 16

  • 227
  • 184
  • 169
  • 148
  • 147

There is only one trap on the 15th hole, so sand is not what makes this par 3 so difficult. It’s such a test because of its distance and the fact it plays into a prevailing breeze. From the tee, the entire hole can be seen, as can its challenges. The green is huge and slopes from back to front. Depending on the tee box and the wind, the tee shot could call for nearly any club in the bag.

~flag~ Hole #16

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 2 - Women's 2

  • 452
  • 409
  • 394
  • 377
  • 371

The 16th hole is one of the longer par 4’s on the course. The tee shot is not really what makes this hole difficult. Your challenges arise when getting to the green. The green slopes from left to right and back to front making getting up and down from the left side a real challenge. The hole usually plays into the wind, making a long par 4 even longer. It is definitely worthy of its number 2 handicap ranking.

~flag~ Hole #17

Par 4

Handicap: Men's 8 - Women's 12

  • 309
  • 291
  • 251
  • 244
  • 235

Number 17 may be the most picturesque hole on the course. Water stretches the entire length of the hole and touches the edge of the green on the left. Several traps are smartly placed on the right. With all this facing the golfer, the tee shot on this short par 4 calls for strategy and commitment. A drive toward the furthest trap on the right can leave a short pitch to the green, but a safer play is a mid-iron or hybrid from the tee.

~flag~ Hole #18

Par 5

Handicap: Men's 12 - Women's 4

  • 524
  • 514
  • 482
  • 442
  • 439

The 18th hole is a par 5 that calls for a well placed tee shot. Using the right side of the fairway proves a much simpler route. Sand that sits short and right and mounds that front the green and give unpredictable kicks bring strategy into the second shot. The green is protected by the last cavernous trap on the course. The final putt brings to an end a challenging, rewarding, and fun day of golf.