Narrow fairways, dramatic elevation changes, 10 water hazards, and rugged natural rock outcroppings are some of the key features of a golf course famously known as “The Challenger”. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., this respected championship course’s heritage includes hosting the Texas State Open, USGA qualifying events and other esteemed professional tournaments.
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Down Hill Tee shot to a plateau between two fairway bunkers. Split the middle of the fairway for best approach to the green. Longer tee shots will go down the hill, leaving a shorter shot on a downhill lie. The green has several different levels guarded by bunkers on all sides.
Sharp dog leg right par 4. longer hitters can challenge the trees to cut the corner. A lateral penalty area stretched along the right-side with the ground sloping hard left to right. The approach will be to an elevated green surrounded by bunkers. Large swales on the green will challenge the best of putters.
Dog leg left Par 4. Downhill tee shot then an uphill approach to a large green guarded by to bunkers in the front. Favor the left side of the fairway that slopes hard from left to right. Tee shots tend to run out right through the fairway. Trees guard the right side of the approach.
Bunkers short and long divide this large Par 3 green into two distinct targets. Finding land on this island green is the priority. 3 is a good score here.
This dog leg left par 4 requires a straight drive up the left center of the fairway to reach the plateau. A steep slope on the right side helps funnel errant shots to the right back down to the fairway. A steeply sloped green from back to front awaits the second shot. Landing the ball below the hole is the key to success.
Shortest par 4 on the front nine. Straight up hill to an elevated green. Avoid the numerous bunkers to have the best chance at a short approach. This green has a large swale in the front. Put the ball on the correct level to avoid a 3 putt.
Dog leg left Par 5 downhill all the way. The tee shot must be in the left center of the fairway to avoid slope to the left and to the right that funnel balls out of the center of the fairway. Once past the Fairway Bunkers the fairway slopes hard right to left. Water guards the crescent moon green. When the hole is on the far right, play it safe.
Water and a sloping green from front right to back left will challenge the best of players. Bunkers short and long require a high soft shot to hold this green.
Almost a 90-degree dog leg left Par 5. Longer hitters can try to cut the corner risking hitting it through the narrow fairway. This Par 5 is reachable for many, however, water hugs both the left and right side of the fairway and green. Accuracy is a must on this hole to make par or better.
Shortest Par 4 on the course. A layup favoring the left side of the fairway presents the best angle to this elevated green. Out of bounds right and a creek running down the left side and in front of the green come into play easily.
The creek continues down the left side and in front of the green on this dog leg left Par 4. Cutting the corner on the left side is a risk reward opportunity to shorten the second shot approach to the green. Stay to the left of the Large fairway bunker on the left. The green is elevated guarded by two font bunkers. a bowl in the from t of the green tends to collect approach shots.
Bunkers left, long and right frame this left to right sloping green. Large swales in the green make proper club section a must. Misses to the right have a better opportunity for recovery.
Up hill, dog leg left, par 4. Finding the fairway is a must to have an opportunity to hit this green in regulation. Favor the left side of the fairway to shave as much off the corner as possible. The green is severely elevated with a false front. Carry the false front to have a chance to score par or better. Several backstops on the green allow for funneling the ball towards and away from the hole.
Avoid the fairway bunker on the left to have a chance on this Par 5. A good tee shot will lead to a choice of laying up to an easy pitch or trying to cover the water feature guarding the entire left front side of the green. Large swales and slopes make putting a challenge. Proper club selection is required to avoid 3-putts.
Dog leg left Par 4 around the Fairway Bunker. The kidney shaped green angles front right to back left and is surrounded by bunkers. Favor the right side of the fairway for the best approach to the green. A meandering creek on the right side of the fairway comes into play.
Uphill tee shot to a plateau guarded by a fairway bunker on the right. Keep the tee shot just left of the fairway bunker to have the best approach. The sloping green back to front has water on the right and narrows in the back. Avoid the bunker to the left of the green. Disaster awaits.
A sharply elevated green with three distinct levels. Surrounded by bunkers and an elevated front bunker, getting it close is a challenge. The elevation of the green will require selecting 2-3 extra clubs to get it on the surface. Par is a good score here.
Finishing hole, uphill. Left center of the fairway provides the best approach to the elevated green. Longer shots down the right will find the sloping fairway running down and to the right leaving a difficult lie with the ball well below the feet. A large, deep green, trusting the yardage is key to getting the approach close.
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