The first hole is a great starting hole that is not long in length but does need some focus. With two bunkers on the right side of the fairway that deserve your attention, your drive should end up in the center to left portion of the drive zone. From there it is a short iron to a somewhat tricky approach. The green is divided into two sections in which the upper portion is guarded by a deep bunker in the front.
Hole two is a definite 3 shot par 5 which will no doubt grab your attention. Make sure your drive stays right of the hazard that runs the length of the left side of the hole. Your drive will leave you with a mid to long iron lay-up which will leave you with a wedge to a small green with bunkers right and water left. A well placed wedge onto the green will leave a great birdie try.
The third hole is one of the best on the course. Majority of the time is played into the wind and always a test of your game. Tee shot should stay clear of the dogleg as the tree on the corner can make your approach very difficult. A well placed tee shot should leave you a mid to long iron approach where you are faced with a reasonable putting surface pitched from back to front, water left and bunkers right and long, and par is a great score here.
The fourth hole is a sneaky par three and birdies are not that easy to make. A mid length par three that has a kidney shaped green with a spine running through it with both sides falling away from center. A bunker guards the front of this green and makes any par made from here a well earned score.
Hole 5 is short par 4 but requires your attention. The tee shot is a long iron or fairway wood to an area that will leave you a short iron. The tricky part is the approach to a small green heavily guarded and the green has two tiers and the top tier runs away from you. Keep in mind that if the prevailing wind is behind you and your feeling well that you can take a driver and try to get your tee shot close the green as the last portion of the fairway slopes towards the green.
The sixth hole is one of your better chances to make a birdie on the front nine. The tee shot should avoid the bunker on the right side of the fairway and from there leaves an approach with a short iron or take driver and try to get close to the green on this somewhat short par 4. A bunker guards each side of this three tiered and somewhat narrow green but a short approach should set up a nice birdie attempt.
Hole 7 is a great hole and should be played with your best focus. Tree lined and a bit narrow in the driving zone and guarded by a bunker on the left side of fairway, this drive will give you a feel of a tight squeeze. With a drive in good shape you are faced with a medium iron approach to a green that is flanked by a bunker left and bunker right that must be avoided. This green slopes from back to front and right to left. Par is definitely a good score here.
Hole 8 is one of the best par threes on property and a tough birdie. A medium to long tee shot, depending on your tee selection, and you will need a great tee shot to put yourself in position for a birdie try. The bunker that guards the left side of the green should be avoided at all cost because that will be a sure bogey. This two tiered green is quite large but if you are on the correct level you will have a fair birdie opportunity. Par is a good score on this long par three.
The outward half has a great finish with the ninth hole. A difficult tee shot is your first task here and you must avoid the fairway bunker that sits in the middle of the landing zone. The approach is a medium to short iron to a green that is fronted by a bunker left and a water hazard that has run the entire length of the hole. The green is medium sized and slopes gently from back to front and has its flattest putting location in the back right. The ninth hole is not the best opportunity for a birdie but if you make one you have hit some great shots and have earned it.
The second par five on the course is hole 10 and is not the easiest to hit in two shots but it is not impossible either. It all depends on your tee shot and then your risk/reward mentality. If your tee shot is long and down the middle to right edge of the fairway you will have a chance at the green but beware as the green is not very big and has trouble all around it. Bunkers guard the front and right edges of the green, out of bounds is located immediately left of the green and a shot that ends up long of the green is a very difficult up and down. The green is tricky and has a slope from back to front but if you choose to gamble with your second shot and hit the green you will have a makeable eagle opportunity or an easy two putt birdie.
This short par 4 is one of the better attempts at making a birdie you will have on the inward half. By avoiding the bunker on the right side of the landing zone you are faced with a short iron to a green that is pretty flat and very little movement. Beware of the deep bunker guarding the right side of the green as it will result in a difficult par. If your approach finds the green you will have a great chance to make birdie.
This is without question one of the toughest holes on the course and will test you on every aspect of your game. A narrow drive is your first test but keep in mind you may not want to use driver as this hole is not extremely long. Next you are faced with a mid to short iron approach to a difficult green that can be deceptive. This green has a mound in the middle that runs the width of the green and you must double check on where the flag is located. Avoid the left side of the green which is dead and the bunker on the right side which is a tough up and down. Par is definitely a good score here.
Hole 13 is the toughest par three on the Meadows course. A long par three which is guarded on the left edge of green with a deep bunker and makes for a tough par. If you can hit this green in regulation you should have a straightforward birdie putt but you should walk off this green very happy with a par.
The 14th hole will be one of the better chances at birdie on the inward half. Driver off the tee may not be the prudent play here as it is not a long hole and you must be short of the fairway bunkers that divide the fairway in half. You will be left with a short iron to a green that is slightly undulating. Stay clear of the bunker front right and you should have a great birdie opportunity.
Don’t let the lack of length fool you in regards to the devilish par 4 15th hole. The drive is extremely important and you must avoid the two fairway bunkers that pinch the landing zone. This will leave a short iron approach to a green that is wide but not very deep in length. You must be accurate with your approach and avoid the bunker that fronts the entrance to this green. If you can negotiate the approach you will have a very makeable birdie putt.
The last par 3 on the Meadows is the signature hole on the course. The tee shot gives a player a majestic view of Mt. Bachelor and a look at an approach with a mid to long iron to a green that slopes back to front very gently. A bunker guards the right side of this green and a miss to the left is no bargain up and down. A tee shot onto the green will leave you a decent birdie putt.
Hole 17 may be your best opportunity to finish with a birdie. The tee shot on this par 5 must avoid the fairway bunker on the right side and will leave you a fairway wood to long iron approach to this green. This green is a bit deceptive as the green runs uphill to the middle of the green then goes downhill to the back of the green. Any shot to the back of the green will not be visible from the fairway. Avoid the bunker on the left side and give that eagle putt and a great effort.
The finishing hole on the inward half is going to test your game. Normally it is played into the prevailing wind and a water hazard guards the entire left side of the hole. A good drive will leave you a mid to long iron approach to a green that is not too tricky but a player must error to the right as a bunker and water hazard will gobble up any miss to the left. Par is a great score but a birdie will finish your round off like a champion
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