Hole #1 - One of the more intimidating tee shots as you are required to split the bunkers on the left and the rock formation on the right. The further left you go the closer your approach will be as the fairway slopes from right to left. A tee shot of 230 yards will carry the fairway bunker on the left, which will get you closer to the green but may bring the greenside bunkers into play or the trees on the left for a back pin location.
Hole #2 - The length of this hole can be deceiving, as the hole plays entirely uphill. Your tee shot should favor the right side of the fairway for the shortest approach to this elevated green. Taking an extra club into this green will benefit most players. All of the trouble areas are located in front of this green.
Hole #3 - This is the longest par four on the course that can be shortened by cutting off the corner of the dogleg. A 250 yard drive will carry the middle of the fairways bunkers and will leave you with a mid to long iron approach to the green. The fairway slopes from right to left and a ball positioned above your feet will tend to move further left as it approaches the green. Playing to the center of the green on a back left pin position is recommended as the margin for error is slim.
Hole #4 - The shortest par four on the course is reachable under the right conditions. The fairway bunker on the right requires you to carry 220 yards and a shot favoring the right side of the down slope may release to the green. The safe approach is to hit a 3 wood or long iron splitting the two bunkers leaving you with a wedge to the green. Most pin placements are well guarded by the slope and undulations found on this green.
Hole #5 - The first par 5 at Chapel Ridge is reachable in two with a good drive. A drive of 250 yards will travel past the fairway bunkers on the left and leave you with several options for your next shot. The riskier lay up is to the left of the bunkers that are about 75 yards out but leaves you with an easier approach to this elevated green. The safe play down the right side brings the greenside bunkers into play for most pin locations. It is wise not to over club with your approach as a long shot will leave you with a very difficult up and down.
Hole #6 - This par 3 may play longer than it looks. You will need a shot of 160 yards to carry the greenside bunker. Try to avoid the left front of the green as an up and down will test your golfing abilities. There is a ridge that runs from the right side of the bunker to the back right of the green that may be used to run the ball to the back of the green for a deep pin placement. One extra club won’t hurt you as the trouble lies in front of this green
Hole #7 - Here is an excellent chance to get home in two. The most favorable tee shot will carry the 200 yards over the center of the fairway bunker and should funnel down towards the 200-yard marker for a well-executed shot. Any shot out to the right side of the fairway will most assuredly make this into a three shot approach to the green. The best lay up is to the right of the bunker complex in the middle of the fairway and leave you with an unobstructed view for most pin locations.
Hole #8 - Your tee shot will need 165 yards to carry the left edge of the bunker at the front of the green. A large ridge runs right through the center of the green and should help channel approaches to the back and right sides of the green. An extra club should be used to reach the pin locations on the back of the green.
Hole #9 - This hole plays much shorter than the distance on the card with a well-struck tee ball. 255 yards is needed to carry the bunker on the left and is the shortest approach to this elevated green. Staying to the right center of fairway will leave a longer approach with slightly less elevation change but may also bring the greenside bunkers into play. Pin locations on the left hand side of the green may prove to be difficult because of the hidden swale in this green.
Hole #10 - There is plenty of risk/reward to start of the second nine. A tee shot of 240 yards should carry the center of the fairway bunker and leave you with the shortest approach to the green. Be careful not to go to far as the tree in the fairway can block approaches to this elevated green. This is one of two green complexes at Chapel Ridge that is not guarded by a bunker.
Hole #11 - A good drive should run a long way if you catch the down slope in the fairway. The fairway bunker sits at 250 yards from the tee. Several options are available on your second shot. With a decent lie you can go for the green with a fairway metal but you have to be precise and avoid the creek running down the left side of the green. The smart play is to position your second shot inside the 150 marker leaving you with a clear shot to the green.
Hole #12 - Several hazards can make the shortest par 3 rather difficult to score on. You will need 150 yards to carry the hazard at the center of the green. Shots that go over or to the left of the green will leave you with a rather difficult pitch due to the slope at the back of the green. Allow for an extra club for a back left pin position.
Hole #13 - Don’t let the distance fool you here as you will need at least 230 yards to carry the corner bunkers. The more you cut off around the corner the more precise you will need to be in order to stay in the fairway. The safe play is down the right center of the fairway taking the bunkers out of play but will result in a much longer second shot. The green is elevated and slopes from right to left with a ridge running through the middle. Right side pin locations are very challenging and accuracy is paramount.
Hole #14 - Take a moment to admire the view from the top of this lengthy par four. The fairway bunker is 275 yards and a drive down the right center of the hole should funnel towards the center of the fairway with the right bounce. Use the slope of this fairway to help you work the ball from right to left to avoid the hazard areas. Going over this green will require a very delicate up and down as the green slopes away from the back to the front.
Hole #15 - Our advice is to choose a club that will clear the 181 yards to the left edge of the greenside bunkers on this uphill par 3. Avoid taking too much club as with the previous hole the green will run away from you at the back. A three is an excellent score on this very challenging hole.
Hole #16 - A tee shot down the right center of the fairway is what you are ideally looking for here. The bunkers are situated at 250 yards on the left and 265 yards on the right from the tee. The fairway has a right to left slope and a shot down the left side may end up in the hazard that runs most of the length of this hole. Be sure to take enough club to get over the slight ridge for back pin positions.
Hole #17 - This is your chance to let it all out of the bag. The aggressive line will require a precise line and 262 yards to carry the hazard at the center of the green. The sensible play is to take a fairway metal or long iron and play down the right center of the fairway, which will leave you with short iron or wedge in your hand. With a short par four you can expect to have a well guarded hole. The green slopes in several directions and finding the right angle of attack will lead to your success.
Hole #18 - A very long hole that will play uphill all the way home after the tee shot. A drive of 265 yards will reach the fairway over the right side of the water hazard leaving you with a difficult second shot. Due to the prevailing wind and elevation change we recommend hitting an extra club as you work your way to this elevated green. Keep your second shot on the right hand side of the fairway to allow for the best approach to this green. The green is large but don’t go over too far as you will have difficulty getting up and down.
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