Hole 1 is a straightaway par with water guarding the right side of the fairway off the tee. Even with lots of room to get up and down the tee, the trap that guards the left entrance is not so easy to get around.
Hole 2 is a difficult driving hole, out of bounds down the left and water to the right. A good tee shot can get you to the corner but you will face out of bounds on both sides of the fairway all the way to the green.
Hole 3 is a stern test of golf. Beautiful but scary. The drive on this par can be negotiated but it is a fair carry for your second shot to an elevated green. It is very difficult up and down if you miss the green and the putting surface will test your nerves.
Hole 4 is guarded by water to the right and left by the LaSalle River. Playing only about 135 yds, there’s a good chance for a par here.
This hole is a sharp dogleg to the right. If you dare, try and cut as much of the corner off as you can. The remainder of the hole is narrow and tree-lined and the fairway is slightly crowned so watch out for your second shot running too much.
Hole 6 is another challenging par. A sharp dogleg to the left demands that you hit your tee shot as close to the corner as possible as your second shot tends to be a long one. Be careful to not over-club as you approach the water at the back of the green.
Hole 7 is a beautifully set tee box set back in 80ft. Oak trees that block the wind can make the club selection difficult. The pond will collect any wayward tee shot to the right and the left side of the green is difficult up and down.
This hole is a precise driving hole where your tee shot must be on the left side of the fairway or you will be blocked by towering 80ft oak trees. The green is protected by a large bunker which forces you to fly your shot onto the putting surface.
Hole 9 requires you to lay up before the LaSalle River. The fairway narrows as you travel closer to the water. At all costs, DO NOT drive it into the fairway bunkers. On your second shot, watch for the wind coming out of the trees (the strength of the wind is hard to determine while standing over your second shot).
Hole 10 is a true risk and reward hole. With a well-placed tee shot, you can easily get within 100 yards of the green. The river to the left is definitely in play on this par.
Hole 11 is a demanding par. The tee shot has more room than it seems, but the second shot is dangerous as the fairway is raised and the golf ball can take a sharp bounce to the right towards the trees if you tend to slice it. The green is also raised and protected by the large bunker in front.
Hole 12 is the toughest on the back nine. You must try to hit your tee shot to the landing area, which is a straightaway, and then you are faced with a fairway wood to a small landing area.
Hole 13 is a medium-length par with a green that runs hard towards the river.
Hole 14 is a dogleg to the right where you can hit a lot closer to the left treeline off the tee than you think because it opens up around the corner. The green is protected by a large pond to the right and your ball can bounce towards the hazard if you are too close to the right side of the green.
Hole 15 has a large pond that you will have to carry. The tee box is more protected from the wind than the green, so take note of direction of the wind.
Hole 16 has lots of room to hit the fairway or, if you dare, you can hit the ball over the corner of the dogleg or directly at the green. It is about a 300 yard carry-over the water to the green, so in most cases, playing it on the fairway would be advisable.
Your tee shot has a generous landing area to the right of the water and is a perfect area to approach the green. Many golfers think they can cut the corner over the water but it is a 280 yard carry and most pay the price. The correct yardage for your approach shot is difficult to gauge as this green is open to the wind. Our advice: use one or two more clubs.
Hole 18 is a shorter par and is a lot of fun to play. It’s best to get as close to the river as possible for your second shot, which will give you a level lie and leave about 100 yard approach. The green slopes dramatically from back to front so try to leave yourself an uphill putt.