The perfect hole to start a great round of golf. You’ll find a short Par 5 offering your best chance at getting a birdie. The slightly elevated tee gives you the confidence to hit your tee shot to a wide open fairway. The approach shot leaves you with two alternatives: you can either go for the green in two or lay up in front of the bunkers surrounding the front left portion of the green. This hole is more fun and less trouble!
The confidence of the first hole is matched by the intimidation of the second. First, you’ll sweat your tee-off, with out of bounds lining the right side and a sea of rough fescue down the left. Then, you’ll face down an undulating fairway that makes finding a flat lie nearly impossible. And, after conquering this, you must remember to stay below the pin because the green is sloped severely from back to front. Good luck!
Two things combine to make this hole difficult. First, it is the longest Par 3 on the course. Second, you’ll be hitting into a prevalent left to right crosswind. There is good news, though. If you’re off a little on your tee shot, the rough on both the left and right sides are sloped such that your ball usually takes a pretty good hop towards the green.
Distance is an illusion - this hole looks longer than it is. The left side of the fairway is rife with obstacles: fescue, a bunker and a water hazard, so avoid it coming off the tee. Two ball-hungry bunkers front the three-tiered 4th green, massive at just over 100 feet in length. Successfully approaching this green means knowing the flag position.
You won’t find a longer Par 4 on this course. Take your par on this hole and run. The two fairway bunkers on the left side of this hole have a penchant for devouring 230-240 yard drives. You can laugh in the face of despair on this hole if you can carry 260 because your shot will kick off the back of a hill and end up a short iron run onto the green. More often that not, however, you’ll be facing a long second shot into a large flat green.
You can hang it out there and let it rip on this hole. With plenty of room on both the left and right sides, you’ll still want to avoid the big willow tree on the left. Divided into two tiers, the 6th green is one of the more challenging greens on the course. With approximately 2-3 feet elevation between each tier, you’ll want to make sure your approach shot stays on the same tier as the hole.
Drivers are an option, men. If you have guts and can hit the long ball, you can make the green in one from the elevated tee. Warning - the entire right side of the hole is lined with a lateral water hazard that drains into a small pond guarding the right side of the green. Make the safe play on this hole. Lay up with a long iron or fairway wood and shoot your wedge onto the green.
Four bunkers surround the green like close friends. The green slopes from back left to front right. On this short Par 3, positioning your ball properly on this green is vital to dropping the birdie putt.
Before you can relax on the back 9, this hole is rated the most difficult on the course. A tough Par 4, avoiding the pond off the tee is your first concern. The true challenge comes with the approach shot. The green is elevated approximately 50-60 feet and is sloped from back to front. Good luck getting in tight to this pin. Putt from above the hole and you could roll off the front of the green and down the slope a few yards. All it takes is two well-played shots to the green for a comfortable par.
The first 9 are behind you, but there’s no rest for the weary. Another of the more difficult holes on the course, you’ll be playing uphill from tee to green. Out of bounds runs up the left side and two bunkers straddle the green. You’ll find that par is an excellent score on this hole.
Tee up, look out, and you’ll see a large portion of the back nine section of the course. The distance on this hole makes choosing a club a bit dicey for this downhill Par 3 - leaving your approach short you will put you in the front bunker. Hitting long will leave you with a blind uphill pitch back to the green.
It may be the shortest, but it is by no means the easiest Par 4 on the course. The 12th hole is no easy task. From the tee you need to play a slight dog leg to the left while avoiding a large fairway bunker and a lateral hazard to the right. If that wasn’t a challenge enough, there’s ball-hungry fescue to the left, as well. A short approach shot with an accurate drive awaits, but many find that a lay up is often the way to play it.
Start off the tee with a downhill tee shot. It’s the perfect lead-in for an uphill approach shot to a severely sloping green. Patience is the key to making Par on this hole. It’s a lengthy Par 4 for the men and plays to a Par 5 for the ladies.
Picture a beautiful fairway hugged by bunkers on either side in the driving landing area. The 14th green is not only one of the smallest greens on the course, it is also one of the flattest. An accurate 2nd shot on this links style Par 4 is your best chance to get up or down for par or birdie.
At this Par 4, the emphasis is not on power, but on accuracy. There are two fairway bunkers to the left and a large hollow to the right of the tee. From the start, it’s no retreat, no surrender. Take your second shot to the green and avoid the two bunkers to the right. Making your approach shot to the left will leave you with a difficult pitch back up the hill.
Once again, accuracy is king if you’re to earn a good score on this challenging Par 4. Drive to the left on the fairway and you’ll contend with three large weeping willows and the biggest fairway bunker on the course. Avoid these pitfalls and face a difficult approach to a narrow green guarded by a thick brace of trees.
This is it - the signature hole. This picturesque Par 3 is considered a favorite of those challenged by the Glen Lawrence Golf Course. A short Par 3 that is slightly downhill, a low score depends entirely on your distance control. There are plenty of obstacles to the green - a large pond in front, a bunker to the right, and a plethora of pine trees surround this green.
Your final challenge. The 18th Par 5 makes for an exciting finish to a great golf game. Your second shot will be dictated by the whims of a rolling creek, while an uphill approach and a sloping green protected on the left by a large bunker serve to make this hole difficult, right down to your final putt.