— The 15th hole is the furthest point from the clubhouse, providing the sense it’s just you and nature. The relatively short par 4 – it plays 387 yards from the member tees – is among the layout’s most scenic tests. The hole, which is framed by water on the left side, is ideal for mid to high handicappers. A 225-yard drive will get you inside 150 and the challenge starts.
Low handicappers can blast away but the longer the drive the greater the potential for an approach from an uneven lie as the fairway runs downhill toward the hole. Regardless of where your tee shot is, the challenge at the 15th begins with your second shot.
“You just have to hit the green in two and hope for the best,” Schultz says. “The green is very undulating and there are several really good pin locations.”
— A closing par 3 isn’t common but it works on the West Course. The 221-yard (from the tips) 18th hole enjoys the benefit of playing into the clubhouse and a well-bunkered green and water on the left create a nice visual.
On a course that offers ample chances to score, don’t arrive at the 18th expecting to find an easy par 3 to take advantage of.
“It’s a good way to end,” according to Schultz. “You think you can end on a par but you get to the tee and you have to hit a good 5 iron from 175 yards. That easy par could turn into a bogey really quick.”
What are your favorite holes on the West Course?