Greenview Hole by Hole Description
Hole #1 – par 5 is a slight dogleg left. The fairway is protected by a small pond on the left side and mature pine trees and a row of birch trees on the right side of the fairway. The generous fairway is very receptive to a well struck ball. The second shot is generally a layup except for the long hitters who may go for the green in two. The green is elevated and has a decent amount of undulation to make for some interesting putts depending on where the flag is located. Par is difficult to make from either side of the green or from the backside of the green so beware!
Hole #2 – par 4 is also a slight dogleg left. If you are a drawer of the golf ball, the first two holes set up nice for you. Be careful because if you turn your draw into a hook you’ll find the pond on the left side of the fairway that continues through the entire hole up and around the green. The safest shot off the tee box is a club that goes approximately 200 yards, which will leave you a short to mid iron to a large green protected on two sides by the pond. Some of the nicest views from the course can be enjoyed from the second green, especially during the fall season. Take time to enjoy the fall foliage.
Hole #3 – par 4 is a real risk/reward golf hole. The men’s tee box sits on a peninsula where you can often see various species of reptiles on or around this tee box. Long hitters can take out driver and attempt to blow it up the middle on this short uphill par 4 leaving just a chip shot to a large receptive green. There is a small pond on the left side and a large pond on the right side of the fairway so a straight drive is a must here. Most golfers use a mid to long iron off the tee to layup short of the ponds leaving a short to mid iron to the green.
Hole #4 – par 3 is a short hole but the steep slope of the green from back to front makes for some challenging putts on this hole. If you are going to miss the green, make sure that you miss it short as par is hard to come by if you miss it to either side or long with most pin placements.
Hole #5 – par 4 requires a straight drive. Out of bounds to the left and the tree line to the right makes par difficult if you don’t find the fairway. The green is very large and offers varying challenges depending on the pin placement. Be sure to check where the pin is located on the green before making your club selection. Careful when putting on the left side of this green as you might be surprised which way your putt breaks.
Hole #6 – par 5 generally plays into the predominant wind. It generally takes three decent shots to get to the green. Trees line the fairway on either side and if you are not careful, you may find yourself left with nothing but a punch out after your drive. The green generally breaks towards Oneida Lake. Take notice of the big maple tree that sits adjacent to the green with its bright orange leaves during the fall. Par on this hole is a nice score.
Hole #7 – par 4 is a slight dogleg right and slightly downhill. You can take your chance and try to drive your golf ball down the right side of the fairway, which cuts off some of the distance but if you don’t strike your ball well, you may end up in the pond. The safest shot is to drive the ball down the middle, which should leave a short to mid iron to a severely sloped green from back to front. Try to stay below the hole for your best chance at par or birdie.
Hole #8 – par 3 that generally plays one club longer than the distance indicates due to the fact that it is uphill. Take note where the pin is on this large undulated green before making your club selection. There are some very challenging putts on this green if the hole is cut in the back left or back middle.
Hole #9 – par 4 is a slight dogleg right. Be careful if you decide to try to cut distance by hitting the ball down the right side as it is easy to be blocked out on your second shot. It will generally take two well-struck balls to get to this green for the average golfer. Be sure to check where the pin is on this green before selecting your club for your second shot. There is a huge mound in the middle of the green that makes some putts virtually impossible to keep close to the hole. If the pin is cut in the top shelf, be sure to take enough club to get the ball back there. Par is considered a good score on this hole.
Hole #10 – par 4 is a slight dogleg right. Again, be careful trying to cut the corner as there is a pond there waiting to receive errant shots that strike one of the many weeping willow trees. Your safest play is to drive the ball down the middle. A nice drive will leave a mid to long iron or fairway wood to a very large green. Be sure to check the pin placement on this green as it is one of the largest on the course. Club selection might vary by two clubs depending on where the pin is located. Par is difficult if you miss the green to the left side. You are better off short or to the right if you happen to miss the green.
Hole #11 – par 3 with the green surrounded by water on all sides. Don’t be fooled by this short par 3 as it can sneak up and bite you if you aren’t careful. The weeping willow tree located short right of the green has rejected its share of balls headed towards the pin. Be sure to check the wind, which usually blows from right to left on this short par 3. A decent tee shot should set up a nice birdie putt.
Hole #12 – par 4 is a slight dogleg left. The fairway runs out at about 225 yards from the men’s tees so be careful with which club you choose on the tee box. There is a pond behind the mound you can see on the right hand side of the fairway about 240 yards from the tee box – be careful! A drive of approximately 200 yards will leave you a short to mid iron to an elevated green. Take the elevation and the wind into account when selecting the club for your second shot.
Hole #13 – par 4 dogleg right. This is one of the tougher holes in the area. Be careful not to try to cut off to much from the tee box or you will find yourself blocked out on your second shot. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, your second shot might be a three wood or a medium to long iron. Be aware of the pond that skirts the left side of the fairway through the green. This large uphill green complex offers some challenging putts. Pat yourself on the back if you par this one!
Hole #14 – par 5 slight dogleg left. Long hitters can have a go at this one in two. Your drive should favor the right side to give you the best angle to the fairway or green. There are a couple of ponds that could come into play with a mishit shot so take dead aim and let it fly. The green is severely sloped from back to front so try to stay below the hole for your best opportunity to make par or better on this wonderful par 5. Take in the fall foliage behind this green from October through November.
Hole #15 – par 3 over the pond. Some of the character of this hole was lost last year when a storm took out the weeping willow that protected the green. It doesn’t surprise me that most golfers were happy to see it go as it made the hole significantly more difficult. If you play the set of tees to the right, you will have a 165 yard carry over the water to a large green. The tee box to the left is a little more gentle, allowing for golfers to bailout to the left and avoid the water altogether. Either way, this is a great par 3 that will test golfers of all skill levels.
Hole # 16 – par 5 straight away. Several ponds come into play on this hole. A drive down the middle leaves a second shot over a pond. Long hitters can go for this one in two but rarely do they ever reach it. This hole generally requires three nice shots to get to the huge green. Be sure to check the pin placement and the wind direction before selecting which club you use to go flag hunting.
Hole #17 – par 3 that requires a tee shot of approximately 180 yards to reach the green from the men’s tees. There is a mature weeping willow tree short left of the green that makes fading the ball difficult for right hander’s. The green is severely sloped from back to front so staying below the hole is ideal. Make sure you read the green from all angles before striking your putt.
Hole # 18 – par 4 that makes for a great finishing hole. Out of bounds runs down the left side of the fairway and two ponds guard the right side. Makes for some drama if the match is tied coming into the 18th. The second shot is to an uphill green with the clubhouse behind it that may be as much as a two club difference from front to back. Two good shots will leave you an opportunity for a birdie putt. That is if you can avoid the trouble off the tee!
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