Twelve Oaks News

November 11, 2009

Twelve Oaks Hole-By-Hole Description

Hole #1
The first of two holes that work their way through a flat deciduous forest, this 443-yard par 4 represents more of a challenge than one might think. The best tee shot to this bunkerless fairway is a right-to-left trajectory down the left half of the hole. This sets up the best angle of approach into this slightly elevated green. Those choosing the right side will have to navigate some "catcher's mitt" type mounding.

Hole #2
Things start to open up on this 427-yard par 4 as you play down the right side of the fairway to leave the best angle into the green. From here, the left and right edges of the hidden green are indicated by the two approach bunkers. If the pin is near the left bunker, then it is a front pin placement, and if it is near the right bunker then it is back pin placement. The green sits inside a large punch bowl, so any shots within the rim should funnel down to the putting surface.

Hole #3
The first of four holes that climb into the hills, this 204-yard par 3 should present very little trouble for most golfers due to a large green and a forgiving bail-out area to the left.

Hole #4
The longest par 4 on the front nine at 444 yards, this hole plays 30 feet up the hill, so players need to account for this in their club selection. Without any bunkers along the right side, this fairway will play wider than it looks. The best approach shots into the green should be slightly right of the pin since the green will move the ball to the left.

Hole #5
This 527-yard, downhill par 5 is reachable in two shots by most players as long as they avoid the bunkering in the first landing area. The green is guarded by a creek in front and two greenside bunkers. Those choosing a more conservative approach can lay up short of the creek and then play a short wedge into the green.

Hole #6
The creek on this 366-yard par 4 hole splits the fairway, giving the player two options off the tee. A conservative drive down the left side of the hole leaves a tricky second shot over the creek to a shallow green. Those risking the long carry off the tee to the right side are rewarded with a short pitch with plenty of green to work with.

Hole #7
The first of five holes playing into the flats, this 560-yard par 5 may be reachable in two with a favorable wind. With an elevated tee shot, club choice is critical here in order to get as deep into the fairway as possible without reaching the wetland. Those choosing a more conservative approach can play out to the left of the green, but beware of the tricky third shot back into the green over a bunkered landform.

From here, the aggressive player can go for the green over the right approach bunker that is 30 yards short of the green.

Hole #8
Built within multiple wetlands, the green on this 193-yard par 3 is large but convex, so it will be more difficult to hold a shot than it appears. Shots out on the edge may end up somewhere in the ample bail-out areas that surrounds three sides of the green. The left side of the green is guarded by a wetland.

Hole #9
The key to this 434-yard par 4 is to leave as short of a second shot as possible. The best way to accomplish this is to aim at the left front bunker and shape your tee shot from left to right into the slot between the bunkers. From here the player is left with a short iron over into a heavily guarded green. A bail-out area to the left of the green affords a less confident player an alternative route to the green.

Hole #10
Similar to No. 6, this 429-yard par 4 gives the player two options off the tee with varying degrees of difficulty. Those choosing to hit the driver down the left fairway over the creek are rewarded with the shortest second shot into the green. Beware of the "catcher's mitt" on the left side of this fairway as it will add 20 yards to the second shot. Players not wanting to carry the creek off the tee can play a 3-wood down the right fairway, but will have a longer second shot over wetlands.

Hole #11
At 213 yards, this is the longest par 3 on the course. This hole requires an accurate tee shot over a lake. There is plenty of bail-area area to the right of the green for those playing safely away from this lake but this will leave a tricky pitch to a green that now slopes away from the plateau and the water.

Hole #12
Although, at 347 yards, this is the shortest par 4 on the course, it is by no means the easiest. Multiple bunkers and split fairways give the golfer a variety of options on how to play this hole. The position of the pin may affect the player's decision on where to place their tee shot because some pins are better approached from the right side and some from the left side.

Hole #13
At 597 yards, this is the longest hole on the golf course and a true three-shot par 5. Players wanting to cut some distance off of this hole will need to carry the right fairway bunker. The green is nestled down in a valley and protected on the right side with a bunker and falls off the left edge into a fairway depression. Shots into the green should favor the right half.

Hole # 14
This 425-yard par 4 will play shorter for those that try to thread their tee shots between the creek along the right side of the fairway and the bunker to the left. A safer approach would be to leave the driver in the bag and lay short of the bunker on the left leaving a medium iron into the green. Because the green is 20 feet below the fairway, it will play shorter and therefore require more careful club selection. Any shot over the green presents trouble.

Hole # 15
This is the shortest par 3 on the course at 189 yards and fits into a picturesque setting. The green plays larger out to the left with a bounce-in bail-out fairway as long as the player avoids the deep bunker guarding it. Two bunkers to the right will catch any errant shots before they find the creek.

Hole #16
The last hole playing out of the hills, this sharp dogleg right 429-yard par 4 allows the golfer to bite off as much of the inside-carry bunker as they choose, leaving a shorter approach shot onto the green. With an elevated convex green, a shorter approach shot will make it easier for the player to avoid the left greenside bunker or the bail-out fairway to the right.

Hole # 17
The first of two great finishing holes, this 544-yard par 5 presents the opportunity for players that are down in the match to hopefully make up some lost ground. The first launch area gets narrower as the player hits their tee shot farther down the fairway. The wide-but-shallow green is well guarded with a stream on the two sides and doesn't set up well for long shots. Players laying up as close to the stream as possible will have the best chance of getting close to the pin on their third shot.

Hole #18
The longest par 4 on the course, finishing at 448 yards, this hole requires the golfer to play as deep down the fairway as possible in order to have the shortest second shot to the green. The fairway is guarded with bunkers short and right as well as long and left. The green is guarded in front and down the left side by a creek. For those choosing a more conservative approach, there is plenty of bail-out area to the right of the green, away from the creek.

 

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