PEGS – BLUE CANYON – LAKES COURSE
The front 9
- Hole 1 – Par 4 H.S. 9
Although the landing area is very wide, the ideal drive is hit as close as possible to the two large fairway bunkers guarding the left side of the fairways. This will allow a straight shot into a very long green, with water to the right of and behind the green. “Safer” drives on the right side of the fairway will bring the water hazard guarding the green into play.
- Hole 2 – Par 3 H.S. 13
The pin position on this large green can change this hole from a very benign par 3 to a very difficult one. A large variation of tee positions also creates various distances of water carry.
- Hole 3 – Par 4 H.S. 5
Similar in topography to the Canyon Course’s signature 13th, this hole features an even more intimidating tee shot, which must carry a huge water filled canyon, or thread a narrow gap between the two canyons guarding this fairway. The green is also perched on the canyon edge, creating the need for very accurate approach play.
- Hole 4 – Par 4 H.S. 1
A very wide fairway gives the golfer some strategic choice on the tee shot. The safer “high road” to the left leaves a longer second shot over another sheer-sided canyon. The shorter “low road” to the right flirts with the same canyon, but rewards a good drive with a shorter second shot.
- Hole 5 – Par 4 H.S. 11
Following two left to right dog legs holes, the fifth hole tests the player who can’t control his hook. Another canyon sits from the corner of the dog leg to the side of the green. The choice is to play safe with a long iron off the tee or to shape the ball around the canyon enabling a short iron approach. Over-hit second shots find a steep drop behind the green.
- >Hole 6 -Par 4 H.S. 15
Water greets stray tee shots on the left and right side of this short downhill par 4. An interesting feature is the short and long fairway “islands” separated by a waste area. The successful risk taker off the tee will be looking for the birdie. But a strongly sloping back to front green requires accurate approach play.
- Hole 7 – Par 4 H.S. 7
Accurate drives will hug the canyon edge on the left of the fairway at this strong right to left par 4. The second shot will have to cross the canyon edge to an elevated green. Golfers playing from the safe right side must be wary of three well placed greenside bunkers.
- Hole 8 – Par 3 H.S. 17
The most picturesque par 3 on the golf course. High teeing areas give a great view of this large green framed by water and bunkers short and left and another bunker behind. Flowering Allamandas complete the backdrop. The green is subtly shaped to give a very challenging pin positions.
- Hole 9 – Par 5 H.S. 3
The first of the par 5’s. Only the longest hitters can consider taking on the waste area on the second shot to get to the green in two. Most will need a well placed second shot to avoid a large bunker at the left end of the dog leg and a small stand of trees on the right.
- Hole 1 – Par 4 H.S. 9
The back 9
- Hole 10 – Par 5 H.S. 4
Another par 5, but this time right to left all the way. The drive has a contoured landing area over water and framed by bunkers on the left. Long, well-placed drives down the right will allow for a clear second shot over a rough valley. Only right to left second shots here will leave a short pitch to a raised green and a genuine birdie chance.
- Hole 11 – Par 4 H.S. 14
One of the highest points on the course the teeing areas afford a view of this short par 4, with the green tucked to the right in the rubber trees, protected behind by a sharp slope into water. A powerfully hit left to right drive may find the front of the green, but shorter accurate tee shot to the left over the rough hollow may be the smart choice.
- Hole 12 – Par 3 H.S. 16
The shortest par 3 on the course, the green is virtually on an island, with water just short left and long right of the putting surface. A well struck accurate, short to medium iron from the elevated tee, is necessary to land on this large green, close to the pin.
- Hole 13 – Par 5 H.S. 10
Normally a par 5 for regular play, but big hitters will find this a two shot hole. A large tree stands in the fairway’s center. Accurate drives will pass left of it leaving an easier second shot. Drives to the right leave a choice of a safe second or a long shot over water to a well-guarded green.
- Hole 14 – Par 4 H.S. 6
This hole is the start of the difficult finishing stretch. The long uphill par 4 is becoming a very demanding tee shot as the trees mature. Drives must find the left half of a “hogback” fairway or they are kicked behind a Padauk tree guarding the right hand dog leg. The second shot requires control of distance to a raised green, guarded front left by a cavernous bunker. Putts from “over safe” second shots behind the hole will be extremely fast.
- Hole 15 – Par 5 H.S. 8
From the championship tees, this slightly left and right par 5 descends the full 22 meters of elevation change on the course. A wide fairway allows a big drive, which is necessary to be able to carry the water on the second shot. Over hit approach shots can also find the water close behind the green.
- Hole 16 – Par 4 H.S. 12
Cautious drivers will steer clear of three interestingly shaped bunkers on the corner of this dog leg left. However, staying too fair right will result in a long iron to this large green and three putts will be more likely.
- Hole 17 – Par 3 H.S. 18
This is a first and only hole with no water! However, the severe undulations of this unusual three level green, more than compensate for the lack of water. It is a moderate par three in length, where good club selection and accurate play will avoid very testing putting conditions.
- Hole 18 – Par 4 H.S. 2
From the championship tee, it is a very difficult par 4 finishing hole. A single tree separates fairway options. The high left side allows a view of a small green slotted between high canyon walls, step grassed mounds and a vegetation fringed water filled canyon. A single bunker provides “relief” for slightly pulled second shots. The right side of the fairway allows longer drives but over safe long second shots find rough slopes which are awkward to chip from.
- Hole 10 – Par 5 H.S. 4