1Welcome to the Links at Spanish Bay. If you can take your eyes off that incredible view, have a look at the fairway bunker on the left. It is only 228 yards from the tips to carryWith trouble lurking all along the right, the smart second is a mid iron or hybrid layup leaving a short pitch onto the green. Make the putt and start your round in red numbers. 2A left to right shot shape is preferred for this hole to skirt the fairway bunker on the right. A steep slope in front of the green repels many a drive trying to reach it.Dont be short with this approach. Center of the green is far better than a foot short of the surface which will result in your ball retreating back from the putting surface.3Its 255 yards to carry the last bunker on the left from the tips. If you are not SURE you can carry, aim for the center bunker on the left and leave yourself with a mid iron in.If you find yourself out of position off the tee, play for the front of this green. It leaves an uphill putt and is far better than left, right, or long in the ice plant and rough4Short right is far better option than the long rough and large deep bunker along the left of the green on this long par 3.Right Center of this green is a smart play leaving an uphill putt as the green slopes left to right and back to front5A series of three bunkers in the middle of the fairway are your primary obstacles on this long, dogleg right par four. A 255 yard carry is required to clear the last of the three Staying left avoids the trouble but leaves a longer approach. Most players should play this number one handicap hole as a short par 5. 6A dizzying array of bunkers along the right may play tricks on you on this dogleg right 400 yard par 4. Longer hitter may run out of room as the fairway ends at 290 yards from tipThe deep bunker on the right of this green must be avoided to have a decent chance at par. 7Hidden trouble awaits longer hitters here as a ravine of trouble bisects the fairway at 280 yards from the tips. A right to left tee shot shape avoids the two fairway bunkers.If you played smart, youre left with a shorter to mid iron in. Play for the center of one of the smaller greens on the course. 8An island in an ocean of sand awaits your tee shot here. The green is wide, but not deep so double check your yardage . The right side of this green is somewhat deeper and more forgiving. 9A left to right tee shot which avoids the three bunkers on the left is perfect for this 400 yard straightaway par 4 completing the front 9. Trust your yardage. The approach bunker in front of this green will trick you into believing you're closer than you are.10At only 520 yards from the tips, number 10 seems like it should be another great birdie opportunity, but its actually the number 8 handicap hole for good reason. After carrying the bunker on the right from the tee, you're left with a perilous second with a series of bunkers in the middle of the fairway approaching ten green.You CAN try to thread your second shot down the right or play short of the bunkers leaving a shorter iron approach and less likely snowman.11Bunkers in the left center of this 11th fairway await your tee shot. At only 365 yards in length from the tips, this tee shot is all about staying out of trouble. While laying up short of the bunkers leaves a mid-iron in, failing to fly them will leave you wishing you had. Flying the bunkers requires a carry of 250 yards from the tips. 12Twelve is a long par 4 with a ravine crossing the fairway just prior to the green forcing a lay up if at all out of position after your drive.Due to the hole length many players who hit good drives failed to carry the ravine. There is no option of short. If youre not SURE you can carry, lay up and play as a short par 513While only 126 yards in length, 13 is packed with trouble for those landing short, or right, or left. Theres bunker left, and a steep hillside of deep rough short and right.Double check your yardage as well as the wind. An onshore breeze can cause those short irons to float upward and fail to carry leaving you exactly where you dont want to be.Theres room over the back so if your between clubs take the extra club to be sure you reach green center. 14The long par 5 14th is the number two handicap hole for good reason. Strong onshore afternoon breezes can make it play an extra 50 yards or more in length. Low boring shots into the wind will not only reduce lost yards in the air, but they'll get extra bounce and roll. A five is a great score here. Should you find yourself out of position on any shot on this hole play it as a par 6.15The bunkers on the right invite you to try to cut the corner, but at 390 yards from the tips, the risk may not be worth the reward. A tee shot to the left center leaves a mid-ironThe deep bunker in front of this green must be avoided to have any realistic shot at par. 16A long par 3 where par is a great score. The bunkers front and right reaches all the way to the center of this green. The prevailing wind will push your shot in their direction. A shot to left center of this green will enable a two putt par, which is otherwise near impossible from the sand left, or bunkers front and right. 17A tee shot to left center of this fairway will avoid the array of bunkers on the right. Caution the fairway runs out at around 285 yards from the tips.Center of this small, wind exposed green is a great landing area.18Eighteen is a great finishing par 5. The neck in the fairway must be respected to ensure a decent lie for your second shot. Left and right of the neck of this fairway are troubleThe landing area for second shots is wide and forgiving so unless in trouble off the tee is reachable, leaving a short to mid iron approach into the green.
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