Hole By Hole

No. 1 - 413 yard Par 4

A true test to see how prepared you are to play The Park. The first hole opens the day with a gentle dogleg right. OB on the right is a concern but so is the forest on the left. An accurate tee shot is a must if you stand a chance on this hole. A large green awaits the second shot with tricky pin placements galore. Back left behind the bunker is a traditional tournament pin, but the middle right placement is no gimmie. A par here is a great way to begin the day.

No. 2 - 472 Yard Par 5

A short par five where scoring is a must. Another tree-lined dogleg this time to the left is a great hole to be aggressive. A long hitter may not need a driver here, but it's imperative to keep the ball on the right side of the fairway to have a good look at the green in two. Anything left or in the trees right and the focus has to be shifted from birdie to saving par. A small valley gives the illusion that the green is elevated and the green is well protected with two front bunkers. A small landing strip between the bunkers is an easy target to try. Like most of The Parks greens, it's best to putt up the hill.

No. 3 - 395 Yard Par 4

A beautiful par four awaits you following your hopeful birdie on number two but don't relax because again tee accuracy is so vital to playing this hole well. Once your drive finds the fairway on this mildest of doglegs right then you should be posed for a short iron into a very receptive green. Be cautious of bunkers left and anything right or long will shoot off a hill into real trouble.

No. 4 - 178/143 Yard Par 3

The first of The Park's challenging par threes presents two very different holes depending on the green used. The upper green makes for a longer iron with the isolated tree on the right just waiting to snatch an errant ball. If you are lucky to find the green in one, you better hope it's an up hill putt for this is on of the most severe back to front greens found at The Park. Finding the pin on the lower green should prove a bit of relief until you realize that any tee shot slightly left brings double bogey into play. Again, this green also has a pretty good back to front slope and depending on where the pin is usually determines the score on this hole. Whether upper or lower walking away with a 3 is a good achievement.

No. 5 - 576 Yard Par 5

Traditionally the hardest hole in the Summit County Amateur, number five takes all you got and then some. The longest hole on the course seems like the tightest hole as well. Finding the fairway is the biggest chore. On this uphill portion of the hole, the long tee balls usually run left into the first cut of trees while anything short is trouble and anything right is just plain jail. If you have not been in the trees up to this point in your round you are doing very well, but the locals will bet you end up in them on this hole. After the drive you then have a par four-dogleg right that does go down hill and then back up. The ideal position is to lay up to the 100-150 ranges to give access to the ample green. Although the back to front slop is not as severe as some of The Park holes, there are several great pin locations to make this hole live up to its #1 handicapping.

No. 6 - 202 Yard Par 3

After the longest hole it's a bit of a relief to find a straight away par three with little obvious trouble. Wind can play tricks on your tee ball and it's very important not to miss the green to the left. One trick is that the tee box seems to point you out to the right. Adjust accordingly. There is a club lengths difference between a front pin and back pin location. This long green has many great pin locations and just because you might be putting for birdie doesn't guarantee a par.

No. 7 - 441 Yard Par 4

The resident "Pros" of The Park will tell you that this is where the course earns its respect with five of the most challenging holes in all of Summit County. At 441 yards with the slightly elevated tee box in a shoot of trees you find yourself trying to land the ball in the narrowest fairway. While you should get some roll out of the slight down hill landing area, keeping the ball in the short stuff is the hard part. The mid iron approach is to a great green protected on both sides by bunkers. Depending on the pin location, expect to be very pleased with a par.

No. 8 - 429 Yard Par 4

The Great #8… until 2005 the #1 handicapped hole. This slight up hill, dogleg left hole has changed many a rounds at The Park. One must think, "make par" on the tee and accept bogey should it come. The tee shot sets this hole up because a great one could leave you with a wedge in your hand while a poor tee ball could have you hitting a wood again. Ideally you hit your tee shot to the right side of the fairway about 260 yards. Anything longer runs the risk of running through the fairway and being blocked by the few trees on the right down the hill. Any shots left might as well be left for the "Golf Gods" because par would be a miracle. Two bunkers right and a hill long make this green the challenge in hitting in two. A good putting stoke should find the hole fairly easy on this relatively flat green.

No. 9 - 222 Yard Par 3

The longest of the par threes has ruined many golfers day. Traditionally the final hole in tournament play because of the challenge and the fact it ends in front of the clubhouse setting up the dramatic finish in front of spectators. Find the most comfortable club to hit all of 222 and hope it goes straight because the tress right and left grab everything not on target. A large and deep bunker on the front right of the green helps make this one of the tougher par 3's around. Chipping onto this green, which runs back to front, with a shelf 3/4th of the way back and left make pin placement key to this hole. You do not want to be 3 feet above the hole to have to make a putt to win! Take your par get a drink in the clubhouse and prepare for the back.


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