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Number 1 at Pine Ridge is a mid-length Par 4 with a large green. There is a water hazard on the left that can come into play from the back tees. Play your tee shot to the right side of the fairway. The green complex is 27 yards deep with bunkers protecting the green on the left and front right. Choose the appropriate club to give yourself a chance at birdie.
Local Knowledge: Be Aware of the Barn Effect. Most putts will break to the barn.
This hole is a great chance to make a birdie or an easy par. This shortish par 5 can be reached in 2 with two well executed shots. There is a creek up the right side that can come into play. Hug the left side of the fairway with your tee shot to avoid the water and give yourself an opening to an elevated green. The steep, 2-tiered green can be tricky to putt. Putts from above the hole can roll off the front of the green.
Local Knowledge: Play one extra club uphill and try to leave your approach shots below the hole.
#3 is a great photo op. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Mohawk Valley from the back tees. Aim your tee shot up the right for ideal access to the green complex. This steep green is protected by large bunkers short and left and a small bunker long and right. Avoid these at all costs. Par can be a very good score on #3.
Local Knowledge: Pick an aim point on the hilltop across the valley. Try to leave yourself an uphill putt.
The fourth hole is a short par 3 over water. The entire front approach and the left side of the green is surrounded by water. The green is large and has two tiers. Bailing out to the right is the safe shot, but the large tree and the bunker protect the right side and could obstruct the second shot.
The green slopes from back to front and toward the lake on the left. A well-placed tee shot can result in an easy birdie.
Local Knowledge: When the flag is located on the back tier, play your tee shot short of the hole location. Tee shots that land over this green are a certain bogey to a back tier flag location.
The tee shot will require you to hit over the lake. Place the tee shot in the left center of the fairway. A tee shot on right will put you behind very tall trees that protect the approach.
The green is elevated, and the second shot requires adding at least 1 club, and sometimes 2. If your approach shot is short or has too much spin it could roll off and run 20 or 30 yards down the hill, leaving a blind third. shot.
Local Knowledge: Leaving an uphill putt is imperative on #5.
Another fantastic look from the tee of #6. Take a second to snap a picture and enjoy the view. This is a straightforward short par 4. The fairway bunkers are 100 yards from the putting surface, so choosing the correct club from the tee to avoid these hazards is important. The green is 41 yards deep and has bunkers right and left and long. Pick the correct club on your approach to avoid the greenside bunkers. A real chance to make a birdie!
Local Knowledge: This green slopes from front to back. Putting toward the back of the green will always be faster than you think. The approach plays half a club short under most conditions.
This is a long, uphill dogleg right par 4 with a difficult putting green. The safe option from the tee is a shot up the center aimed at the 150 rock. Aggressive players can attack this hole with a shot over the trees on the right, dramatically shortening the approach. This elevated green is 27 yards deep with a hogsback ridge 2/3’s of the way up the green. Be sure to select enough club to account for the elevation change and leave yourself on the correct side of the ridge.
Local Knowledge: the approach shot is the key to this hole. Keep the ball on the correct side of the ridge to avoid 3 and 4 putts.
#8 is ranked as the number 1 most difficult hole at Pine Ridge. The hole is a long par 5 with tight fairways and forced carries over 2 wetland areas with a protected green. There is OB all up the right side of the hole. The left is guarded by native areas and hazards. The key to playing #8 is a conservative strategy from tee to green.
A safe tee shot up the fairway short of the first creek is a good start. From the back tee, a shot of 250 yards is more than enough. From the forward tees, a shot of 180 yards is plenty.
The second shot should be a layup to just short of the wetlands. Use the pole on the right side of the fairway to pick the appropriate club. The landing area in front of the second wetland is downhill sloping towards the driving range.
The third shot is to an elevated green and will require adding 1-2 clubs to your selection process.
The green has one deep bunker protecting it short left. The green itself is crowned in the front and provides an opportunity for the ball to run off into the bunker or on to the short grass. The Green slopes deceptively towards the driving range and clubhouse.
Local Knowledge: Play for par. This hole ruins more rounds than any other on the course.
This is a mid-length severe dogleg right par 4. There are 2 ways to play this hole: Conservative or Aggressive.
The Conservative approach is to hit your tee shot at the W tree at the end of the dogleg. A shot of 200-230 yards will leave a short downhill approach to a large green.
The Aggressive approach is to hit your tee shot over the trees directly at the putting surface. A 250-yard carry is required to clear the OB up the right. This will leave a chip or even a putt for your 2nd shot.
The green slopes from front to back and approach shots will roll out in the same direction as #6.
Local Knowledge: Play 1 club shorter on approach shots to #9. The flag is deceptively more downhill then perceived from the fairway, and the green is sloped from front to back.
The 10th hole is a straightforward mid length par 3. The Green is 32 yards from front to back, so be sure to check the hole location and select the correct club. The green is crowned, and shots that land near the edges will most likely end up in the fringe.
Local Knowledge: Be precise with your aim. The green plays much narrower than it looks.
The 11th hole is a shorter Par 5, and if played well, a chance to make a birdie or better. The tee shot is framed by some of the tallest trees on the property. It looks narrow, but there is plenty of room out there. Try to favor the left center of the fairway with your tee shot. Tee shots that land up the right are easily blocked out. There is OB left and the Mohawk River on the right. 2nd shots are either a layup to your favorite wedge yardage, or an attempt to reach the green in 2. The green slopes dramatically from left to right.
Local Knowledge: If the flag is located in the left part of the green, behind the 2 deep bunkers, discretion is the better part of valor… Play to the right side and give yourself a putt.
This hole is a long par 4 dogleg right. for the entire length of the hole, the left side is out of bounds. The OB is protected by pine trees that might knock down a ball hit left, leaving you with a long difficult shot to the green. On the right is a line of tall pine trees that divide the 12th and 13th fairway. Keeping the ball to the left center of the fairway provides the best approach to the green. The green slopes dramatically from back to front. There are bunkers to the right and the left, so make your approach shot carefully.
Local Knowledge: Approaching this green from the right side of the fairway is nearly impossible. Do whatever it takes to keep the ball up the left.
13 is a straightaway par 4. The fairway is lined with tall evergreen trees on both sides. There is a fairway bunker on the right at about 200 yards that can be difficult to get out of. If the ball is hit far right, you can land in the 12th fairway and have a difficult time getting back into play. The same can be said for hitting the ball left. If this happens you will be in the 14th fairway and have a difficult time getting back. The fairway opens up on the right side, so a little fade to the right won’t hurt you here. The green is shallow, but wide, and plays a little longer than it looks because of a shallow valley in front of the green.
Local Knowledge: This green is only 14 yards from front to back. Most players will land approach shots short of this very shallow green and be chipping their 3rd shot. Be precise with your club selection and land it on the surface!
The 14th hole has a short dogleg left at the end of the fairway. Both sides of this fairway are protected by tall trees. A 200-yard tee shot can be ideal. Aggressive players should try to favor the right side of the fairway. Hitting the ball to the right center of the fairway is the safe shot, as it gives you a clear shot at the green. Hitting the ball to far right can put you under trees that can be difficult to recover from. Large ash trees protect the approach from the left side of the fairway. Although you can hit over them, it makes landing and staying on the green difficult. The green itself is large, but slopes from back to front.
Local Knowledge: Tee shots that end up right of the fairway can leave you with an alley to the green and a potential birdie! Tee shots left are almost always a bogey or worse. Favor the right.
The 15th hole is a tricky par 3. With the river on the left, it seems to lure the ball into its waters. The tee box is elevated and gives the player the sense that you are hitting down onto the green. There is a large ash tree on the left side of the green that can put a shot hit to the left on the green, into the brush or into the water. Keep clear of the tree. Hitting right is the safe shot. The green is the largest on the property and relatively flat.
Local Knowledge: More hole in ones are made on #15 than on any other par 3 at Pine Ridge! Take dead aim.
16 is a short par 4. The right side of this fairway is protected by tall evergreen trees and hitting into these will make for a difficult par. There is a large ash tree on the left side of the fairway about 150 yards out. Hitting this tree will make the approach to the green difficult. The putting surface is kidney shaped and protected on the left by a large bunker. There is a steep slope off the right side of the green and a ball hit there will leave a difficult chip on to the green.
Local Knowledge: Aim tee shots up the right side of the fairway for the best angle into the green.
This short par 3 has three different tee boxes. In all cases, you will be hitting the ball over the Mohawk River to a very sloped green. Once the river is cleared, the area is wide open. When hitting from the #3 or #4 tees, a maple tree will be in play on the left side of the approach. The green is sloped from back to front and crowned. There is one bunker, but it is behind the green and does not come into play unless you are long.
Local Knowledge: it is very easy to land a high spin a tee shot in the middle of the green and end up off of the front. High spin players might consider playing a different type of shot.
The finishing hole at Pine Ridge is a long par 5 that has OB up the left and hazard up the right. The tee shot is framed by tall maple trees on the left and the Mohawk River up the right. The safe play is a 200-yard shot straight up the middle of a very narrow fairway. Aggressive players can try to bomb driver, but the landing area is only 24 yards wide and has OB left and hazard right. Once you are past the trees, the fairway opens up as you approach the green. Along the left are a series of fence pillars that mark the OB. The green is very small and has significant slope. On the right side is a deep grass bunker that can be difficult to recover from.
Local Knowledge: Long approach shots into the 18th green are best played toward the left side of the green. Shots that miss slightly left will filter down onto the putting surface. However, too far left and you will end up OB.
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