Based on the numerous club, state and national tournaments that have been decided on this hole, club pro Eric Shillinger has good reason to brag. “Our 18th hole is one of the best finishing holes in golf,” he says.
A breathtaking view from the tee, looking toward the clubhouse, is its own reward. From this elevated launching area, a solid drive is required to reach the fairway, while the second shot must travel over a pond and avoid the water to the right of the green. Long hitters can reach the pond with a drive of 290-plus yards, but many choose to lay-up with a wood or hybrid—the work of golf architect George Fazio at its risk-reward best. Shorter hitters will lay-up left of the pond and wedge home from there.
“The crystal-clear stream to the right of the green is home to many native rainbow and brown trout,” Shillinger says. “And numerous Titleist golf balls, as well.”
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