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Hole #1- Pine Ridge's starting hole is a long, challenging par 4. This dogleg left, measuring 448 yards from the back tees, requires two solid shots to approach a green that slopes back to front. Two bunkers protect the front right and left side of the green. Par will give you a great start to the round!

Tips: It does not make any sense to cut the dogleg. Most golfers attempting this will find plenty of trouble. If you aim between the 100 and 150 yard stake on the right side of the fairway, you will like the results. If you are facing into a good wind, then keep the ball on the top plateau off the tee, which leaves about 200 into the flag. From 200 to 170 yards out, you are hitting on a down slope. Your best bet, is to throttle back and leave it further away, but in the middle of the fairway. A draw off the tee to the left side of the fairway, as long as you clear the dogleg, is the best angle to approach the green. Keep the ball below the hole once you reach the green. The green slopes from front to back and front right to left. The bunker on the left side of the green is treacherous for a left pin placement. This green is usually firm due to the winds that run across it, so play your putts to die at the hole and you will like the result.

Hole #2- This hole is a par 4 with a sharp dogleg left. A draw off of the tee will set up for an approach with an iron. Bunkers protect the front left and front right of the green. The trees protecting the left side of the hole can be flown with a high, strong drive for the risk-taker.

 
Tips: It make sense to cut the dogleg, but don't bite off more than you can chew. Check to see where your tees are located on the day you play. You can hit a long iron if the tees are up and driver if the tees are back. The wind is rarely in your face off the tee, so be sure to check the tree tops prior to taking the first swing. The ideal spot to be in, which is your flattest lie, is about 175 yards from the hole. From this point to about 125 yards, you are hitting on a severe down hill lie. You never want to play this shot, as the turf is a bit unpredictable. If you hit a straight shot off the tee, keep it short of the trees, as the fairway slopes into the trees. A line drive off the tee and you will find the trees, as the rough does not hold a well stroked ball. You have one play once you are in the trees. Pitch it out once you are in the trees. A draw off the tee to the right side of the fairway, as long as you clear the dogleg, is the best angle to approach the green. A hook or pull will wind up in a vary unfavorable position in the trees, with few angles to escape. Once in the trees to the left, expect a 6 or more on the card. If you do pop it into the left side trees, keep a good look out as this grove seems to eat balls. Once you have hit your tee shot, then you have a unique approach shot to the green, which is well below you stance. This fairway is sloped from right to left, so make sure you take note of this, as many balls wind up in the left trap. Don't over compensate or you could wind up in the right trap or the woods just beyond the trap. Without wind, the approach shot to this green is usually 1 club less than normal due to the slope from the fairway down to the green. Always check the wind in your face and the tree tops, as these 2 could be blowing differently. After you have assessed the wind, pick the club that stays below the tree line as to avoid the wind above the trees. Even though you may be using 1 less club, don't forget to hit the full shot, or you will end up short. It looks at lot closer than it really is.

Hole #3- Dogleg right par 4 measuring 383 yards. A fade off the tee will set up for a short to mid iron approach. 2 bunkers protect the left and front right of the green.

Tips: This is a very tight driving hole as the dogleg runs to the right and the fairway runs to the left. Tee up of the far left side of the tee box to give yourself plenty of room with the ball eating trees on the right. Block out a shot and you will have a tough time making 5. If you hook it, you could wind up near the trees located by the waters edge of Loch Raven. Your best shot off the tee is a slight fade starting your ball at the huge tree on the left side of the fairway about 100 yards from the green. Your approach shot will need an extra club to get to the green. You have room behind this green sloping from front to back. Most people end up short of the hole or just plain short of the green. When you are walking on to green #1, take a look at the pin on #3. If the pin is all the way back, you will need an extra club in addition to the uphill club requiring a total of 1 clubs extra.
Always check the wind on the right hand side of the green, as the natural tree vent can channel quick thrusts of wind and provide for tricky club selection. Typically the wind is in your face as it comes through the opening adjacent to the first green on the right. This is a good green to take a run at the hole as it putts very true. The bunker on the right side will push the ball left more than you think. Any approach shot left of the green is dead. There is a grove of trees, a cart path, and a deep bunker that will make any attempt to land on the green almost impossible.
Hole #4- This hole is a downhill par 3. Short and right are preferable to long and left on this hole, as the left and back of the hole drop off into woods and the Loch Raven Reservoir.

Tips: Wind is everything here. On a windless day, you can expect to use only club less than you normally would. Don't be fooled by this sharp down hill par 3. This hole can turn from a 1 club wind to a 4 club wind during the round and depending on the where the tee markers and pin is placed. Your safest bet is to shoot for the middle and try and make your birdie putt. If you get too aggressive, you could wind up in a hole lot of trouble, including the bunkers, Loch Raven, and the woods behind the green. Make sure you know the distance to the pin and to the front of the green from the tee markers you are playing. The front bunker is 10 yards short of the green, but looks as though it is right next to the green from the tee box. This is why most people do not have much success on this green. Putting is only difficult if the pin is on the front left or right. The rest of the green is fairly flat and the putts roll very true. Never shoot at a left pin, as any hook will send you spiraling into Loch Raven. The grass between Loch Raven and the green would not hold a cooked pea. It is very short and very hard. This green slopes from back right to front left.
Hole #5- This dogleg left par 5 is a challenging three shot hole from the back tees. Favor the center-right of the fairway on the drive as pine trees can block you out on the left hand side. Deep bunkers protect the front left and right sides of this two-tiered green. Be careful of the OB stakes which lurk behind the green.

Tips: The big hitters can take the shortcut up the left hand side, but unless they reach the middle of the fairway, there is no realistic shot at reaching the green in 2.If the tees are back, you are about 587 yards from the green. Ignore the card, I have stepped it off. From the back tees, you hit through a chute with a very tenuous tree right of the tee on your right. This tree protects the 4th green from getting pummeled with golf balls. If you leave your ball on the left, you may have a difficult time reaching the green in 3 and will probably arrive there in 4 or 5. Play smart. If you find yourself in this position, take your lumps and get it back in the fairway as far to the right hand side as possible. You have a much better chance of making par out in the fairway than trying a miraculous shot. I suggest using your 3-wood off the tee to exercise control and position, then use a club that will reach the top of the hill and leave you about 150 yards from the pin. From 150 yards down to 100 yards is a downhill slope, which proves to make the approach shot very difficult. Your second shot should position your in your wheelhouse. I like to be about 85 yards from the green, so that I can hit a full lob wedge. If you feel better hitting your 150-165 yard club, then leave on the top of the hill for your approach shot. This 2-tiered green is extremely well bunkered and there is out-of-bounds 5 yards off the back of the green. A left trap, and trees guard the left and right. If you have a back pin placement, make sure your ball does not go flying off. You need to have the ability to stop the ball on a dime for a back pin. A front pin is usually very easy as you can use the slope to stop your ball. I usually play for the middle of the green and try and make a 10-20 foot putt. The putts are relatively flat with a little break to the front of the green. Birdie this hole and pick a stroke up on the field.
Hole #6- This par four dogleg right will entice golfers with its seemingly vast fairway. Be careful, the fairway slopes severely from left to right. A drive down the center/left of the fairway will set up a short/mid iron approach.

Tips: There are 2 approaches that can be used on this hole. For the golfers that generally play the ball from left to right, you should start your shot about 10 left of the left woods and let the natural fade bring the ball back to the middle and hope it stays in the fairway due to the left to right fairway slope. It is severe. The golfers that move the ball from right to left, should start the ball down the middle and draw it against the slope keeping the ball on the left side of the fairway. From the tee, it will almost look like you are in the left rough, but when you arrive at your ball it will be in the left center to center of the fairway.
Don't pull it into the woods trying to overcompensate, as you can only chip it out from that point and hope to make 5. On your approach shot, keep in mind that the ball will move from left to right due to the slope. If you want the ball to avoid trouble, aim at the middle of the green for a right hand pin, or at the left side of the green for a left and middle pin. Although many people feel this is a great birdie hole, don't leave the hole with bogey due to poor course management. A 3-wood is always a good play off this tee.

Hole #7- A short par four measuring 334 yards is the one of the best birdie opportunities on the front nine. A drive up the center/left of the hole sets up for an easy wedge approach. Be mindful of the woods off the right hand rough and the deep bunker guarding the front right of the green.

Tips: The tee shot is everything on this hole. Most people leak out to the right and wind up fighting the grove of tree along the right edge. A long iron or fairway wood off this tee will only leave you 100-120 yards. Your approach shot is usually up on the flat part of the fairway, so take a good swing at it. A tee shot left on the up slope of the fairway will require a club addition to your selection. The green is long, so make sure you know where the pin is and the distance to the pin, as you will typically come up short. Take the front right bunker out of play, by aiming at the middle of the green. It is very deep and will only give you grief. From the fairway, it is tough to assess the pin location, so look at from 2 angles to gauge the depth of the pin. This green slopes from back to front and right to left. The tough putting is on the sloped left side of the green. The grain on this green seems to be more apparent than others and will affect the roll of the ball. The winds on the green usually keep it pretty firm, so your approach shot will not hold, but a good shot will only roll 10-15 feet. Number 8 usually backs up, so don't rush your putts to get to the next hole if you see 3 groups waiting.

 

Hole #8- Pine Ridge's signature hole is a par 3 over the scenic Loch Raven Reservoir. A straight mid to long iron is ideal, but miss right rather than left, as the left side drops off into the Reservoir. The green is a difficult two-tiered challenge.

Tips: This may be the most deceptive and dangerous hole on the course. Before hitting, check the wind on the tee and down at the green. An opening on the right side of the green adjacent to the ninth tee can fool you. A wind directly at you, means you will have to go back into your bag and get a few extra clubs. Know your club trajectory. A club selection over the tree line will be affected. DON'T BE SHORT OR LEFT as your ball will find the water. Short or left, and you will have at least a 4 and maybe even a 6. If you hit your ball into the trees on the right, always play a provisional as find a ball on the right is always tough. Aim right and let your ball slide back left if this shot is in your bag. If you fade the ball, start it at the middle and left it catch the right side of the green. If the pin is on the back tier and your balls winds up on the bottom, don't panic, this is not the 16th at Augusta. A 2-putt from the bottom tier to the top tier is relatively easy. Just make sure you give it enough to get up the hill. I hit the ball like the pin is 10 feet behind the pin to ensure it gets to the hole.  Don't try and kill the putt, as you will run right past the hole and possibly off the green. If your ball is on the upper tier an the pin is on the bottom tier, just give it enough to crest the hill and you will like the outcome. The green slopes from back to front, so play enough break and let the slope do the work for you. Don't hit it harder to remove the break, as this never works. If you tee shot lands on the right side of the green or the enormous hill on the right, then chip it down into the fringe, as it is usually hard and will kick it on the green and roll to the hole. A low trajectory on the chip will turn out better than a high trajectory.

 

Hole #9- The last hole on the front nine is a par 5. A draw off the tee on this dogleg left and solid second and third shots will setup a birdie opportunity. Two bunkers guard the front left and right of the green.

Tips: For the big hitter, you can cut the dogleg, but it is not always the smart play. Make sure the wind is with you or in your favor. More trouble lurks on the left side the closer you get to the hole. The best shot is one that draws around the dogleg and land about 240-260 in the middle of the fairway. If you get in the trees on the right, then chip it out and get back in play. Once you hit in these trees, you are looking at 6 and probably 7 or higher. From the fairway, you should aim at the tree on the right side of the green and work the ball back just slightly to the right. The right to left sloped fairway will help you in this regard. If you trust your fairway wood, this green is very reachable in 2. For the shorter hitters, play the ball down the right side off the tee, so you clear the dogleg. From here, get you ball to the top of the ridge around 130-150 yards. You are on a down slope with rough from 130-80 yards from the green. You don't want to be in this position. From the top of the hill you can see the pin. Try and keep your second shot on the left side of the fairway as this offers the best angle into the green. The green slopes from back to front and from right to left. The bunkers on the right side and left front are not very demanding and are easily escaped. Any putt below the hole will break to the left with a vengeance. Leaving this hole with less than a par means you made a mistake. Keep it in play and par or better awaits.

Hole #10- This downhill par 4 requires an accurate drive to avoid the Reservoir off the left hand rough. An accurate fairway wood/long iron off the tee will be rewarded with an easy short to mid iron approach. Be careful of the bunkers lining the right side of the hole by the green.


Tips: Do not use your driver on this hole, it will cause you grief. I repeat, Do not use your driver on this hole. The big hitters and shorter hitters can use caution. Use a controlled iron or fairway wood played to the middle or right side of the fairway. A driver hit errantly right will wind up in the woods and the best you can hope for is a 5. A 3-wood may keep you out of the woods even if you push it right. Trees line the entire left hand side and will cause immediate bogey or worse to enter your mind. There is no sense getting a bogey on this huge and wide fairway. This hole usually plays about 350, so take whatever you can hit safely between 200-220 and use that club off the tee. This will leave you with 130-150 yards to a huge flat green. If you are having a case of "the hooks", then aim far right, as the fairway snakes from right the left and down to the water as it goes through the trees. The green on this hole is generally very soft, so fire away at the pin. A back pin is further back than you think, so give a good rip. This is a good birdie hole.

 

Hole #11- A par 4 measuring 377 yards, this hole requires a draw to set up a wedge for your approach on this sharp dogleg left. Stay clear of the pine trees in the left hand rough, as they guard the banks of the reservoir.

Tips: There is no advantage to cutting the dogleg unless you hit the ball high and long. If you cannot hit a draw, then drop down a notch off the tee and play it straight at the big tree located on the far side of the fairway right down the middle. This green, although apparently flat, has subtle undulations that can give even the best golfers a fit. The grain on the green usually has an effect on the ball as it slows down.
Hole #12- This par 5 can be reached in two shots under dry and hard conditions. The hole bends slightly to the right off the tee, but a straight drive down the middle of the fairway will be very serviceable. The green slopes sharply from back to front.

Tips: Aim at the left center part of the fairway off the tee. There is more room out there than you realize. Stay away from the gauntlet of trees on your right, as they will cause problems. The fairway is huge, so don't leave anything in the bag. Busting a drive can leave you a mid to long iron into the green. A decent drive, and you are still only a fairway wood away. The approach shot is severely up hill, so take an extra club. Check the pin placement when you leave the 10th tee as this green is long. A pin in the back means you should add an additional club for the back pin placement. A pin on the front, and keep the club you have in your hands. The tree behind the green on the left is a good target to adjust for the center of the green. This green slopes from front to back slightly and is open to wind changes.
Hole #13- This downhill par 4 is a dogleg left. A right to left drive will set up a short to mid iron approach to a small green. Protecting the green are trees on the left and a deep bunker on the front right.

Tips: Position off the tee is everything. If you aim at the 150 yard marker, you will like your position if you don't hit it too far. Many people try and aim at the edge of the dogleg and wind up scratching their head when they leave with a 6. There is no hope going left off the tee, but right can yield birdies and pars. For the gambling hitter, aim at the tall cedar tree located on the far side of the fairway in the left middle position of the tee. You will need a draw and enough club to get around the dogleg, but this will leave you a chip shot to the green. Your approach shot will be played with the fairway sloping from right to left, so your ball will automatically move right. Don't try to graze the edge of the trees on your left or they may catch you and drop you short of the green. Allow enough room for mistakes, but by all means avoid the trap and trouble on your right. The green slopes from back to front and usually plays as the slowest green on the course. The breaks are only slight on this green, so check the grain, know where the water is, and stroke it.
Hole #14- Another scenic par 3 over the reservoir! This par 3 is reachable with a short to mid iron. The green has severe break and par is no guarantee. Stick your approach shot tight!

Tips: It is better to be short. Long, left or right will find par a tough score. Don't get too short, as 2 good sized bunkers guard the front of the green. Know the distance to the front of the green and add 1 club to this distance regardless of where the pin is. It is a very easy 2 putt up the hill, but 3 putts are abound from the left, right and above the hole as this green is sloped significantly from back to front. A 2 putt is wonderful on this hole and a 1 putt is excellent.
Hole #15- This devilish par 4 bends slightly to the left off the tee. Savor the beautiful view of the reservoir left of the hole, but keep your drive in the right side of the fairway or you'll wind up wet! Everything on this hole slopes from right to left. The deep but narrow green is one of the toughest to hit on the course. Take par and walk away happy on this hole!

Tips: This hole is suited for the left the right players as the fairway slopes from right to left. Hit your driver here, as length is important. You will need to get as close to the green as possible as the green is only 10-15 yards wide with trouble on all sides. If you need to bail out, then leave it short. The big hitters may be bothered by the little scrawny tree on the left hand side of the fairway about 110 yards from the hole. It looks like it is dead, but trust me, it still has the hands of a teenager and will grab your ball. If you are having the hooks during your round, then aim at the trees on the right side of the fairway and pray that your ball stays on the course. The left rough is hard and there are only a few skinny young trees to stop is from going into the water. There is almost no grass in the left rough. Your approach shot should always aim at the right edge of the green, as the fairway slope will bring it left. The left side of the green is protected by a huge deep bunker with Loch Raven right behind it. This is a skinny green, and most putts are not that long, so if you can get on the green, you have a shot at making that birdie or par saving putt.

Hole #16- This sharp dogleg right is a short par 4. Take no more than a fairway wood or long iron off the tee as straight shots with no fade will sleep with the squirrels! A conservative fade will reward the golfer with a short iron approach to a generous green. Bunkers protect the left and front right of the green.


Tips: Hit your 190-200 yard club off the tee. This will leave you about 100-130 yards to the green. Position off the tee is
critical. Position yourself in the far left side of the tee box, as the trees off the tee and immediately on your right will come into play. Letting the ball leak too far right, means you have to contend with trees to get around and up and over and possibly the hard pan bunker that sits right before the trees. There are a few gaps in the trees, but they are becoming less and less as the new trees grow back in. The fairway slopes from right to left down to the water. You don't have to worry about the water, but you do have to worry about the trees before the water. There are also a few strategically placed trees on that side in the rough. The fairway is your best bet. Your approach shot will look shorter than it actually is, so play the distance you have determined. The green is flat, soft and typically very receptive for target practice, so shoot at the pin and get that birdie coming home.

 

Hole #17- Pine Ridge's last par 3 is a slightly downhill challenge. Steer clear of bunkers on the front left and right. As with #8, miss right rather than left, as the Loch Raven Reservoir may claim another victim!

Tips: This hole plays true to the distance. You can ignore the downhill slope. Even though it is downhill, the slope does not effect the club selection. Check the distance from the tee markers to the pin and play that club with a good full swing. You will like the results. Don't get sucked in on a left or right pin placement, stay in the middle of the green and you still have a good shot at a birdie. Shoot at the left pin, and any mistakes will send your ball into Loch Raven. Shoot at a right pin, and the 2 bunkers will have a field day for any pushed shots.
Hole #18- The closing hole is a long par 5 measuring 520 yards. A slight draw off the tee and a second shot down the left side of the fairway will make the approach easier. The green is elevated and protected by several bunkers, including two of the deepest bunkers on the course in the front.

Tips: You typically cannot drive the tree bank on your left and the smart money says don't even try. Yet, I see high handicappers trying to defy all logic and go for it. I have not seen one make it yet. If you can hit a big drive here, then draw the ball around the trees and you may be left with 200 to the pin due the sloping fairway at around 250 from the tee.. For the shorter hitters, play the ball in the middle and avoid the big tree on your left off the tee. It seems to eat at least one ball for each foursome. If you cannot reach the green on your second shot, play your second shot to land at your pitching wedge range (100 yards or so). The green is elevated and is guarded by 2 bunkers in front, one left, and one right. If you get too close on your 2nd shot, you will be trying to hit a half shot that only Phil Mickelson has mastered. These shots usually end up in the bunkers or the operator chili dips the shot and has to try it again. You definitely want to take a full swing at this green for your approach shot. Check the pin position of 18 while you are waiting to tee off on number 1. A back pin, could mean as much as an extra club. The uphill elevated green that slopes from front to back will require an extra club without wind.