Things start to get interesting as out-of-bounds areas and water hazards come into play. This long par 5 is a dogleg left that runs along the driving range, marked with out-of-bounds stakes the entire way on the left side. A small green and a right-side bunker make for a difficult finish.
Depending on the pin placement, be sure to judge which part of the green you wish to end up on. This is a “two-tiered” green protected by two large mounds at the entrance of the green. Misjudging a putt could result in your ball trickling all the way down to the front-edge of the green.
An easy tee shot is followed by a difficult approach shot due to a large tree directly in your line and a water hazard lying discretely below it. Overcoming these obstacles will make for an easy finish.
Again, another hidden water hazard lies directly in your path as you attempt to hit the green on your tee shot. Additionally, be forewarned that flirting with the right side of this hole will result in an out-of-bounds penalty.
Warning: Another hidden water hazard exists just beyond the women’s tee – the first water hazard on this hole. The second comes into play on your second shot or if you hit the ball really long off the tee. The last obstacle is placing your approach shot within the small opening between the barracade of trees that encloses the front of the green.
This long par 5 is simple if you keep your ball in the fairway. Out-of-bounds markers run along the entire left side of this hole, and only a bad shank to the right will catch the water hazards. Staying more to the left in the fairway will help as a few mature trees on the right tend to crowd the open space.
A slight dogleg left, this hole plays in the favor of those who have a draw on their drives. Some daring golfers may opt to cut the corner by aiming at the large tree covering the left side of the fairway (see picture). This results in a very short approach shot, making this hole great for a birdie opportunity.
This hole is a severe dogleg left, causing a problem for right-handers who like to hit it far. Laying up is advised in order to make your approach shot much easier. If you fly over the fairway, you will find yourself in a patch of trees which requires a punch out. Be sure to avoid the left greenside bunker and don’t fly the green as the woods begin quickly.
The final hole was once ranked one of the hardest holes in Iowa. The thick grove of trees on the first hole comes into play again on the right. Also, out-of-bounds markers line the entire left side of the hole, with a sloped fairway leading that direction. A safe tee shot is to stay right. Avoid the left greenside bunker and flying the green – it ends abruptly!