Lake Hole 1 – Par 4 – Prelude
Your test of golf begins with this dogleg left par four. A drive up the right side of the fairway will leave you with the best angle to this small, protected green. Be sure to clear the bunkers with your approach.
Lake Hole 2 – Par 4 – Shallow
A drive into the fairway bunkers will certainly toughen up this medium length par four, so be sure to find the fairway left of the traps. The ideal second shot will clear the swale short of this shallow green.
Lake Hole 3 – Par 3 – Windward
While anywhere on this windward par three’s green is good, leaving yourself an uphill putt will provide a better birdie opportunity. Being above the hole, however, will make par a great score.
Lake Hole 4 – Par 4 – Coastline
Keeping your drive in play is at an absolute premium on this diabolical signature par four. The closer you can get to the coastline, the shorter your second shot will be. Short and left is the place to miss with your second as a shot to the right is surely trouble.
Lake Hole 5 – Par 5 – Secluded
After a drive in the short grass, the key to this hole is the second shot. With bunkers lurking in the left rough and a hungry strand of trees on the right, keep your second shot up the left side of this secluded fairway.
Lake Hole 6 – Par 4 – Precision
Precision off the tee will find you in the fairway, around the corner, and down the hill. Your second shot may be even more difficult though, as you must avoid the large tree on the right. This is a very deep green, so note the pin position and be sure to choose your club accordingly.
Lake Hole 7 – Par 3 – Mantle
Long is really your only miss-hit option as this mantled green falls away sharply to the left, right, and short. A tee shot hit into the valley below will leave you with a blind pitch to this elevated green.
Lake Hole 8 – Par 5 – Knight’s Canter
Much like a Knight on a chessboard, the best and safest play is “two moves forward and one move to the side.” A second shot past the bend in the fairway is a must as the trees and bunkers on the left will make par unlikely.
Lake Hole 9 – Par 4 – Decision
Your decision… The left fairway is the safer of the plays, leaving a short second over the creek. The riskier, smaller right fairway provides a better angle to the green and takes the creek out of play with your second.
River Hole 10 – Par 4 – Bridge
The bridge you see where the fairway ends is the perfect target off the tee. The Chagrin River sneaks in from the left on your second shot, so club yourself carefully and get this inward nine off to a good start.
River Hole 11 – Par 4 – Footprings
While this hole may appear simple, don’t be fooled by its gentle appearance. A drive up the left side of the fairway will help you avoid the trees and out of bounds to the right. After clearing the footprint bunkers with your second, be cautious of this severe green that breaks toward the cart path.
River Hole 12 – Par 4 – Chagrin
While the right fairway on this Pete Dye Classic is the common selection, the left fairway can be an option depending on where the tee is located. A drive to the left fairway brings into play the large, lonely tree just left of the creek. The Chagrin River can swallow the short second shot as you play into this heart-shaped green.
River Hole 13 – Par 3 – Sycamore
This uphill par three is protected by a towering sycamore reaching out over a green that breaks back to front. A tee ball short and right will leave an uphill, blind pitch from heavy rough to this sloping green.
River Hole 14 – Par 5 – Meander
A drive to the top of the hill will put you in good position for the most important second shot on this meandering par five. Aim at the shelter with your second, take the bunkers out of play, and give yourself a chance to make birdie.
River Hole 15 – Par 4 – Valley
A straight drive from the tee will avoid the trees and sand in the right rough. Your second will need to miss the cavernous valley to the left of this slender, deep green. An approach left of the green will virtually ensure bogey or worse.
River Hole 16 – Par 4 – Reprieve
After several treacherous holes, a reprieve. Avoid the sand in the landing area, play your second up the slope to this small green, and enjoy this rare birdie opportunity.
River Hole 17 – Par 3 – Penultimate
Pin position and accurate club selection is necessary as you play this second-to-last. This deep green can present a tremendous yardage variance based on pin position. Left is a better miss than the deep bunkers to the right.
River Hole 18 – Par 5 – Crossing
After a solid shot up the middle of this tough par five, the ideal second will find the raised section of fairway where the Interurban Railway once crossed almost a century ago. A second shot into the right rough will present an impossible third with trees blocking your approach to the green.
Maple Hole 1 – Par 4 – Stand
This medium length par four offers a birdie opportunity as the Maple Nine begins. Elude the stand of trees in the left rough and play accurately as you approach this narrow green that drops sharply off to the left.
Maple Hole 2 – Par 4 – Slide
This tough par four demands precise play throughout. Even the straight drive can slid down to the right on this sloping, narrow fairway. Your second will need to clear the bunkers that await on the right. If not straight, a miss to the left with your approach is a much better alternative.
Maple Hole 3 – Par 5 – Meadow
This straight away par five may seem like a walk in the meadow but be aware of trouble, especially near the green. Stay straight with your second as the fairway narrows and the trees creep in from the right. A miss to the right with your third will leave you a tough pitch from the rough with very little green with which to work.
Maple Hole 4 – Par 3 – Alcove
From a tee box tucked in the alcove of trees, club selection is at a premium. This is a deceivingly large green, so take careful note of the flag color indicating pin position. The bunker on the right can present a delicate sand shot to a severely sloping green.
Maple Hole 5 – Par 4 – Alcove
The ideal tee shot is up the left side of this banking fairway that bends to the right. A mis-hit to the right will almost certainly require a punch-out second from the cluster of trees that runs up the right side.
Maple Hole 6 – Par 4 – Buck’s Point
You may not need driver as you place your tee ball up the middle or right side of the fairway. The large green below, often spied on by resident deer living in the trees behind it, lies just beyond the creek. Be sure to take enough club on your second, as the short approach will leave you with a tough uphill pitch for your third.
Maple Hole 7 – Par 4 – Chute
Stay straight out of the chute off the tee, as even a short tee shot will leave you with an easy play into this short par four. A mis-hit to the right can bring the trees in front of the green into play, and left is not an option.
Maple Hole 8 – Par 4 – Fortress
Position is crucial as you’ll want to find the right side of the fairway with your first. A drive in the left rough will welcome the tall fortress of trees that guards the front and left. Birdie or bogey will hinge upon your accuracy off the tee.
Maple Hole 9 – Par 3 – Haven
Faders will find little haven here with the trees and a bunker protecting the left side of the green preventing the left to right shot. Take enough club to be pin high, because even a miss to the right leaves a relatively easy chip for your second.