Green Valley Hole by Hole Description
Hole #1 - par 5 slight dogleg right. Beware of the pond on the right you can see from the tee box and the water left that you may not be able to see. This hole is short and presents a great opportunity for birdie. The second shot plays slightly uphill so select one extra club. The green is sloped slightly from the back to front and has some hidden undulations.
Hole #2 - short downhill par 4. Hitting the fairway is key here to keep from getting blocked out by the trees that line the fairway. Take note where the pin is before selecting your club for the approach shot. Take enough club to get up on the shelf if the pin is back.
Hole #3 - short uphill par 4. Again, the drive is key. Find the fairway and you'll have a good opportunity to make par. Water awaits any ball hit left of the fairway and trees line the right side. The first half of the green is severely sloped from back to front. Any balls that don't get to the top shelf will roll back to the front of the green. Check your putt from both sides to ensure a proper read on this green.
Hole #4 - par 3 over the water. You'll have to carry about 100 yards of pond to reach land and about 125 yards to reach the green. Be sure to check the wind direction before selecting your club. The predominant wind blows from right to left but sometimes it will fool you!
Hole #5 - par 4 dogleg left. This is the number one handicap hole on the course. It takes a straight drive and a mid to long iron into the green to have a chance for par or better. This hole generally plays into the wind making club selection more important. The green is relatively flat so you'll have a chance to make a putt from anywhere on the green.
Hole #6 - par 4 where the water comes into play about 220 yards from the men's tee. Long hitters can carry the water but the risk probably doesn't outweigh the reward. You'll have to negotiate a small pond that stretches accross the majority of the fairway on your approach shot. The green is sloped from back to front so be careful to keep below the hole when hitting your shot to the green.
Hole #7 - uphill par 4. Find the fairway off the tee box and you'll have a short to mid iron to an elevated green. Choose one extra club to reach this green. It is one of the smaller greens on this course. Anything that lands on the front of the green is likely to roll off onto the first cut. There are some subtle breaks on this green so be sure to look at your putt from all angles.
Hole #8 - this downhill par 3 can play up to three clubs different depending on the wind direction. A ball sprayed to the left will catch the pond so if you are going to miss, cheat to the right side. This hole seldom gives up birdies and pars are considered a great score!
Hole #9 - uphill par 5 that takes three good shots to set up a birdie putt. Be careful with your tee ball as there are a couple of small hidden ponds on the left side of the fairway. Trees line both sides of the fairway so take dead aim and stripe your ball down the middle. Your second shot should set up a short to mid iron to an elevated green. Take an extra club to account for the elevation change. The slope of the green dictates that you leave your shot to the green below the pin leaving your best opportunity to make par or better.
Hole #10 - this short par 4 is one of the easiest holes on the golf course. A drive in the fairway sets up a short iron to what is the first of several HUGE greens on the back nine. Long hitters can drive the green if the wind isn't in your face. This hole is a great opportunity to post a birdie on the scorecard.
Hole #11 - par 3 with a pond protecting a front left pin placement. This green is large so make sure you choose the right club. Also, take the wind direction into account when making your club selection. Par here is a good score.
Hole #12 - this par 4 is one of the most difficult holes on the course stretching to 440 yards from the men's tees. Out of bounds protects the left side of the fairway and scattered trees protect the right side. You'll have a long iron or wood to the green. This green is arguably the largest green in central NY so choose your club according to the pin placement.
Hole #13 - this par 4 is the first of a string of holes that require you to carry water hazards. Number 13 is the number 18 handicap hole. You have the choice of going for the green from the tee or laying up and hitting a wedge to the green. The carry is only about 225 yards depending on the wind. Pick your club and trust it! This hole records quite a few eagles but even more double and triple bogeys due to balls coming up short and finding the pond that protects the front of the green.
Hole #14 - another great risk/reward par 4. This hole has not one but two water carries and water along the right side of the fairway and behind the green. Long hitters can attempt to carry the first pond and set up a short iron to an enormous green. The smart shot is to lay up on the tee shot and hit a mid to long iron to the green or layup a second time and count on an accurate wedge shot to make par.
Hole #15 - par 4 that requires you to lay up about 200 yards off the tee or carry the water which requires a tee ball to carry about 235 yards in the air. Factor the wind in when making your decision. This is another large green so check the pin placement before selecting your club on your second shot. This green is fairly level so you'll have the opportunity to drop a long putt.
Hole #16 - slight dogleg left par 4. The men have to carry a pond about 130 yards off the tee and the women have about 85 yards of carry. Hit the fairway off the tee box and you should set up a short iron to a giant green. Make the putt and walk off the green with birdie!
Hole #17 - great par 3 signature island hole. We've all seen hole # 17 at the TPC at Sawgrass determine the outcome of the Player's Championship. This is the Green's version of that nerve racking hole. Although the green is very large, the wind can play havoc with your tee ball. Aim for the middle of the green make your two putt and get on to the finishing hole.
Hole #18 - this is a fine finishing hole that can likely determine the winner of a close match. Long hitters can cut the corner but beware of the ponds on the far side of the fairway that are awaiting balls that run through the fairway. This hole plays uphill and generally takes three well struck balls to reach the green. This is another mammoth green with quite a bit of undulation. Par on this hole is considered a good score.