The first hole on the course is dog-leg left. There’s not a lot trouble off the tee, but the tendency is to try and cut-off too much of the corner. Play a safe drive toward the 150 yd. markers and give yourself a good approach to the green. It’s a big green and fairly deceptive, so getting your distance correct on the approach makes your putt much easier.
Don’t let the water scare you! A decent drive will carry it easily. You are gonna want to aim a little to the right of the big cottonwood trees. There is not a lot of trouble to the right, so it’s better to be too far right than not enough.
This is a short par 3. It’s a blind shot to a good size green. There is a green-side bunker on the right that can cause you problems. Other than that, birdie is what you are looking for here!
This hole presents a challenge off the tee. It’s not real forgiving, so focus on a good drive down the middle and you’ll find yourself with a good angle to approach almost any pin. The green is elevated…so pick your club wisely.
This is a severe dog-leg left. For the big hitters, you can cut off some of the corner and have a decent shot at reaching the green in two, but don’t get too greedy or you’ll end up driving back to the tee, hitting three. For the rest of us, you can hit down the middle of the fairway, favoring the left-side and play it as a three-shot par 5. The last 50 yds. drops down to the green, which gives a well-directioned shot a chance to roll on.
This is a short par-4, drivable for some. The danger is the ditch sneaking in from the left and the large trap to the right. This hole’s defense is it’s two-tiered green. A well-played approach leaves a great birdie opportunity, whereas, a poorly positioned approach might find a difficult two-putt.
There are no shortage of options on this hole. Risk-reward is definitely in play off the tee. The further you hit it, the smaller the landing area! I suggest you play something smart the gets you to about the 260 yds out and give yourself a chance to get close to the green. On the approach everything seems to funnel to the left so start your shot to the right of target. However, this is also a tiered green, from left to right (left is the low side), so hitting the correct tier will greatly increase your chances of putting success.
This is a straight-away par 3. The hardest part of this hole is to club yourself correctly. It’s down hill, but is often into a prevailing wind…so choose wisely.
The finishing hole on the front nine has trouble on both sides and leaves a player with a couple options off the tee. A driver will find a very narrow landing area, but if well-struck will leave a short wedge in. Otherwise, using a little less club and hitting the safer shot, taking the pond out of play, will leave you with about 185 yds in. Pick your poison!
This is the longest par 4 on the course. However, a good drive will leave you with a very manageable approach shot. Don’t favor the right too much with OB on left, as the mounds and the pines are no picnic to hit out of. A good confident drive is what is really required here.
An uphill par-5 with OB on both sides. The landing area is big and for longer hitters will leave a chance to reach the green in two. Remember though, there is not a lot of forgiveness around the green. A slightly errant shot will find a difficult up-and-down.
As you stand on the tee-box, it’s pretty apparent that everything wants to funnel to Rattlesnake Reservoir. Don’t give that TOO much consideration. Aim for the right side of the fairway and play a confident shot – you’ll end in great shape. The approach is blind. It’s a long green, so be aware of the flag position.
This is the longest par-3 on the course. However, it is considerably down hill. This too is a large green, especially left-to-right. So, it would be wise to get your direction right off the tee. This is another par-3 where clubbing yourself correctly is crucial!
Yep, that’s OB on the left! The bad news is that your ball will keep bounding for it if you put a little hook on it. There is a bailout on the right, but the native grass is not the easiest to hit out of. So aim for the right-center of the fairway and you’ll be in great shape. For the longer hitters, a driver may not be the play. The ditch juts out from the right and your ball could reach it. Playing a shot that leaves you with about 130 yds in is the safer play. The approach on this hole always seems to play a little long.
The shorter distance on this par-3 is what makes it playable, because there is plenty of trouble. The ditch comes in close on the left and the bunkers on the right are no bargain for getting up and down, as the green slopes away. A well played shot to the center of the green is never a bad decision. If you are gonna go flag hunting, be accurate.
This is a wonderful short par-4! It is drivable for many players. The safe shot is a layup to the fairway on the right. If you want to be aggressive and go for the green, the greenside bunker on the left can be perilous. An eagle could be had on this hole, but don’t be surprised if you walk away with a par.
This is also a drivable par-4 for the longer hitters. There is trouble on both sides. Up by the green, the ditch comes in very close. If you feel aggressive, a well-positioned tee shot will leave you with a great birdie opportunity. The safer play is to the middle of the fairway and take your chances at a getting up-and-down with a short wedge.
The finishing hole provides yet another scoring opportunity to finish out your round on a positive note. The pond comes into play for longer hitters. The right side of the fairway is the desired tee-shot. Take your chances of reaching this green in two, as there isn’t any trouble up by the green. If you hit a couple of good shots, you’ll have a great chance of finishing with a birdie!
10TH ANNUAL IRONMAN TOURNAMENT. SAT, OCT 7TH 2017
It’s time to get your team together and signup for the Ironman.
This tournament regularly sells out, so don’t procrastinate and miss it!
What: No Handicap, 2 person scramble on the toughest course setup.
When: Saturday, October 7th 2017 12pm Shotgun
Where: Eaglerock Golf Course, 5624 Larimer Lane Billings, MT 59105