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The Meadows – Hole By Hole

SOUTH COURSE
1
A gentle sweeping dogleg to the right with a generous fairway guarded left by a trap and forest to the right.  A player may choose either an iron or wood from the tee however; caution lies in the approach.  Miss the green left, deep bunker; miss long and you are into a deep grassy hollow, both making recovery difficult.
2
A stout follow-up to a comfortable beginning.  Better hit the driver and hope to keep it left center of the fairway, as a large waste bunker awaits on the right, and the ever-present lake beyond that.  The approach is no picnic either, with 4 pot bunkers right, and the lake surrounding the green back and to the right. The mounded and rolling fairway make this one of the most outstanding holes on this nine.
3
Keep it on the fairway and out of the gnarly vegetation and a birdie would be a possibility. A tight driving area opens up into spacious fairway allowing big-hitters to challenge the hole. A large-elevated green awaits the player, challenging the short game.
4
What you see is what you get!  What looks like an easy birdie isn’t always so.
5
A perfect place for a mid-round crisis, long and narrow par 5 requires a well-struck right to left tee shot that will put you into position however; a long second shot to a large windswept green surrounded by mounds and tall grass make par a privilege and not a given.
6
This medium length par 4 should entice the gambler and percentage player alike.  A long tee shot down the right hand side will leave the player a mere 100 yards to the green.  Those playing percentages will hit a long iron or fairway wood to the wider portion of the fairway.  The green of this well-mounded hole is guarded left by water and on the right by cavernous bunkers.
7
Surrounded by signature large willow trees and a marshy area to the right will prove this par 3 to stand alone.  Accuracy is a key ingredient to making par here with a large bunker left and a watery grave long and to the right.
8
A long par 4 with a risk-reward feature to it.  Those taking short cut will flirt with water on the right however; the generous fairway left allows plenty of room to play safely.  Your mid iron approach shot will need to be precise to hit this small, elevated, tiered green into the prevailing crosswind.
9
The shortest par 5 of this nine allows for birdies or eagles.  With a large accepting green and a wide fairway, two good shots will get you there.  With a large waste bunker looming northward and forest lining the south side, keeping the ball straight will bring success.
WEST COURSE
1
Once on this tee you will be faced with the tightest target on the course.  Played out of a chute, guarded left by marshland and to the right by forest, we suggest an iron be the club of choice from the tee.  As usual the gamblers will want to hit a driver, keep it as close as possible to the large maple on the right side and you may be successful.  With a short iron in hand, this wonderfully bunkered green will require a precise stroke n order to achieve par.
2
No slight dogleg here!  This hole makes a 90 degree turn to the right.  This challenges the player to judge not only the direction of the tee ball, but also it’s length.  A solid drive of between 220 and 280 yards should position the player with a cleat shot to a small green nestled in the corner.  Those coming up short will have to be inventive in order to get around the large trees guarding the inside corner of the dogleg.  Course knowledge may be the difference between par and bogey.
3
One of two Scottish style holes on this nine, the players should find it a welcome change of scenery. Following two rather confining holes, this deceiving mid length par 3 opens into a gently mounded wind swept meadow. One must select the proper club (short is preferred) as the main trouble here lies beyond the green.
4
This stunning par 5 with its tree-lined double-dogleg fairway and tiny green (smallest on the course) make this a perfect 3-shotter.  Choose any stick you wish from the tee, place your second past the large maple, pitch onto the green and you have a reasonable chance at birdie.  Missing either of the first two shots will cause scores to soar.
5
Finding the fairway amongst the fescue will be the challenge from the tee. Once on the short grass, the undulating fairway and elevated green will truly test your iron play. With the prevailing wind in your face, missing right puts you in the bunker, the ditch or out of bounds. Bailing out to the left leaves you a difficult pitch up to a well contoured green.
6
The big hitters can leave the driver in the bag. No corner-cutters on this dogleg right par 4.  A long iron or fairway wood would put the player nicely in the fairway with a short iron remaining to a softly-mounded green however;  the approach must carry 2 pot bunkers placed in front of the small green.
7
The last and longest of a series of great par three’s.  From the back tees, this hole plays to a ghastly 245 yards; from the whites, a more reasonable 185 however; with a large flat green and only 2 small bunkers on the left making par is an attainable goal.
8
If you were going to unleash the driver, this is the place to do it.  The fairway is as wide as it gets.  There is only one distant bunker to the left and Hawthorne Road looming to the distant right.  Covering some real estate with the tee shot will help on the second as you are faced with a green well protected by sand and water.  The large green is gently contoured and offers a nice place to make a long putt.
9
This open links style par 5 offers golfers a large variety of trouble to avoid.  We’ve got a large creek to the left, mounds and fescues to the right.  A large waste bunker and lake that challenges the second shot, and the large rolling green is protected by mounds and bunkers.  A possible 2 shooter but they better be two of the best!
EAST COURSE
1
A timid starter.  Just a long iron or fairway wood off the tee will set the player into the wedge zone.  A sharp dogleg left to an open receptive green make birdie an attainable score.
2
A stout 200-yarder (into the wind), makes this a nail biter.  With water left and long, bunkers to the right, this par 3 can play like a par 4.
3
This long par 4 requires only two good shots (and 2 great shots!)!  The fairway is guarded left by huge mounds and to the right by water.  The green is protected left by woods and right by sand and water.  A good chip and a good putt usually add up to bogey or worse.
4
A relatively short par 5 at 490 yards from the back will yield its share of birdies.  A double dogleg left then right, with a creek running up the right side then crossing the fairway immediately in front of the green. Most players use a fairway wood from the tee.  Once in the fairway, gamblers will hit a medium iron over trees, a creek and greenside bunkers to the green.  Smart players will use a short iron to lay up short of the creek (taking the bunkers out of play) leaving them just a short wedge to the green.
5
The fifth is one of the nicest holes of this nine.  A short slightly downhill par 4 of 385 yards, doglegging to the right. Players can use irons or woods from the tee, just keep the ball left of the center. A creek and trees guard the entire right side. Only one front right bunker guards the large green, but the creek again is in play along the right side.
6
The driver must be kept in the bag on the par 4 sixth. The fairway of the sixth is plenty wide to the left, the right is wet. A large lake on the right of this hole gets its share of balls, be cautious because this lake cuts back in front of the green. The green is deeper than it looks so hit plenty of club, this will also help the player avoid the bunkers lining the front portion of the green.
7
A beautiful par 3 slightly uphill, surrounded by large maple trees, with plenty of contouring rolls to the fairway. A large flat green makes the club selection tricky, remember it is almost always into the wind (which the player can’t feel because of the trees) generally one club more is the rule of thumb.
8
Hit all you can off the tee, and do not attempt to cut the corner on this 502 yard par 5. Those attempting to cut off the corner will find a watery grave. The best tee shot here is a slight fade which will place the player perfectly in the right center of the fairway. Success on #8 relies solely on the second shot, going in two means a 220 yard carry over water, those laying up, are only provided a very narrow strip of green grass along the left side of the marsh to do so.
9
The ninth hole again challenges the player to cut the corner of this 380 yard par 4 dogleg left. However looks can be deceiving. The best tee shot is with a fairway wood to the center of the dogleg, a good hole for those players who like to draw the ball. From the fairway, short irons can be used to this small contoured green. The prevailing wind is undetectable from the fairway but blows steadily from left to right at the green.
NORTH COURSE
1
The first hole requires a mid to long iron from the tee, a shot hit too far will almost certainly land in the sand. Hitting the fairway is a must to allow a clear short iron shot to the green which is farther away than it looks. If played conservatively off the tee, players have a great chance at par or better.
2
The shortest par 4 of any at the Meadows. Like the first hole a mid to long iron is certainly the club of choice. With two large trees guarding the front corners of the tee, the ball must start off dead straight. Once in the air a ball that is turning right will be position “A”‘, short of a pond that guards the front of the green. A short wedge or pitch is all that is left from here over the pond to a large four-tiered green.
3
The third hole stands alone in comparison to other par 3s. At only 130 yards from the whites, the shallow green is guarded in front by water and sand makes par a good score. Double-check your club selection because there is no place to miss.
4
The object of the par 5 fourth is get the tee ball over or right of the large pine tree guarding the left side of the fairway. Once here most golfers will have a go at the green, however the ball must be kept to the right of the green as an invisible pond cuts in to the left of the target. Those electing to lay up should keep in mind that the green here is 30 yards deep, so proper club selection is vital on the third shot to set up birdie.
5
This 168 yard par three requires nothing fancy, generally playing downwind. The hole is protected left and right by bunkers. With a relatively narrow target, the smart player aims for the center of the green.
6
Without contest this is the Meadows signature hole. A double dogleg left then left again entices the player in its risk/reward design. The player must play around an outstanding natural marshland to virtually an island green. The hole offers shortcuts both of the tee and to the green. Those attempting to shortcut the tee shot must be able to hit a high ball to clear trees bordering the marsh. This daring of a shot will clear trees, cross over the edge of the marsh returning to the fairway some 190 yards from the green. The conservative player ideally needs to hit right to left tee ball leaving them some 220 yards from the green. The second shot can be layed up to an area of fairway some 100 yards out, which is surrounded on two sides by water and front and back sand traps. The second shot for daring golfers must carry the marsh to a small elevated green, missing the green is not an option. Once on the green golfers will find a small 3-tiered green receptive to only precise golf shots. A wonderful hole that must be played more than once to fully enjoy.
7
If you have any balls remaining after the sixth hole, you’ll find the par 3 seventh a breath of fresh air. A short par 3 with a very undulating green this hole can be birdied. A solid short iron avoiding two front bunkers (don’t be long) will leave the player with a roller coaster putt.
8
Another treacherous par 5 at only 501 yards, birdies are not offered easily. In order to keep the ball in play and avoid the bunkers, the marshland and the ditch that protect the landing area, golfers should choose the three or five wood off the tee. This hole requires a definite precise layup shot to approximately 120 yards out, since there is water on both sides of a fairway that is only 40 yards wide. From here you will want to be sure of the cup location, as a misplayed approach could leave the golfer with a putt of more than 100 feet.
9
A pleasant finishing hole, cut through a large mature forest with no bunkers and only one hazard short left off the tee, birdies are possible. The best tee shot should favour the left center of the fairway. Gamblers can shorten the hole a little by hitting over the right side trees. Golfers are then left with a short to mid iron to the small two-tiered green.