hole - The first hole at Hickory Ridge is a medium
to long par 5. It requires a player to hit two
leaving a short iron or pitch to an elevated green. The player's
biggest concerns are
the out of bounds over the green and
the lateral hazard that runs the length of the hole on the
left side. This is a very good test and a par on this hole
to start your round is all you should expect.
hole - The second hole is a medium length, down
hill par 4. A straight drive is required,as trees will block
out or interfere with your second shot. This hole can be
a birdie chance but watch out for the drop off into a hazard
over the green. The green is fastest from right to left and
back to front, so be careful.
hole - This short par 4 is a great birdie chance.
A good drive down the left side is safest,and will leave
most players with a short iron to the green, or even a pitch
for the longer hitters. This green does have a ridge that
separates it down the middle, but it isn't severe enough
to affect most putts. Out of bounds does come into play over
the green but it will have to be a very errant shot to get
hole - Our fourth hole at Hickory Ridge is a deceiving
par 4 that doglegs to the left. Long hitters can cut off
much of the dogleg but beware of the thick rough and newly
planted trees. The best play is over the right corner of
the pond to the middle of the fairway. This will leave a
short to mid iron to a large but deceptive green. Choose
your club carefully as out of bounds comes into play behind
the green. A shot hit even slightly too long will run quickly
to the boundary fence. This hole is definitely tougher than
it looks so take a 4 and run!
hole - The first of four really good par threes!
This hole requires a solid long iron or fairway wood to reach
the putting surface. Two large bunkers, and a large tree
that overhangs the left side protect the green. The green
will be fast, and putting down to the front of the green
is always difficult. Treat this as a hole that can and will
be bogied by most, and take your chances on the other holes.
hole - The par 5 sixth is a hole that will give
every player many options. The best play is to hit your
tee shot down the right side even if it goes into the rough.
This will open up an angle for your second shot, which
should be played conservatively. Do not cut the corner
unless you are prepared to take a really high score!!!
A mid iron for your second shot should be plenty and will
leave you with a wedge for your third. Risks on this hole
will most likely ruin your front nine score.
hole - The par 4 seventh is our shortest par 4
hole. This hole is truly a birdie hole but there are dangers.
First, on your drive you must carry the river that cuts
across the fairway. Use a club that will carry approximately
225 yards from the tee sign. The second shot will only
be a short wedge, but be careful, this is also our smallest
green and any shot right, left, short or long will produce
a difficult pitch or sand shot. There is a water hazard
over this green, so be careful not to get too aggressive.
hole - It is all about the green on this par 3 hole.
Players will need a mid or long iron depending on which level
the hole is on. It's uphill so take a little extra! This
green is slower than it looks even with the slopes, so watch
for tricky hidden breaks in your putts. This is another birdie
chance so be aggressive!
hole - The long par 4 ninth is our #1 handicap hole
and you will experience why. Keeping your tee shot in play
will be a challenge, with out of bounds down the left side
and a water hazard down the right. A large fairway bunker
also protects the right side but can stop a ball from entering
the hazard. The second shot is just as difficult. A long
iron or wood will be needed for this uphill second shot.
Once again, out of bounds protects the left side and the
water hazard protects the right. The green is well bunkered
and has three levels to hit to. Play this carefully and anything
bogie or better is not going to hurt you...On to the back
hole - The next stretch of holes is the most critical
to maintaining a good score. The Tenth is a medium length
par 4, which is straight away. Beware of the hazard on the
left side if playing a driver off the tee. The fairway will
kick the ball to the left and even if you miss the water
the left side is not the place to be. Hit your tee shot right
center and plan for a mid to short iron to the green. Bunkers
protect this double level green and a hazard top the left
of the green that is not visible from the fairway. Do not
go over the green as the ground falls quickly away from you
and your pitch will be very tough. The ridge running across
the green is very difficult to judge and the green is fastest
putting right to left and back to front. Par is the target
hole - Our shortest par 5 hole, the eleventh is
your best shot at birdie or even and eagle. Get your tee
shot into the fairway and you should not have too much trouble.
Be careful of the trees off the tee that will quickly grab
a slightly errant tee shot. Trust the yardage markers and
be confident... Birdie hopefully awaits you!
hole - This difficult par 4 hole is one of our best.
Be sure to be aggressive with your swing on the tee to carry
the bend in the river down the right side. Any shot hit to
the right and not hit well will be swallowed up by this hazard.
The hazard also crosses the fairway at about 250 yards down
the right side. A tee shot in the middle will leave most
players with at least a 6 iron to the green that has a ridge
down the middle of it. Once again par on this hole is a great
hole - This short par 4 is a fun hole if you like
target golf. You can put away your driver and use a fairway
metal or long iron to hit off the tee. Stay away from the
fairway bunker and you will be in good shape for your second
shot. From the fairway you will be faced with a short iron
shot over the fort river that crosses the fairway and runs
to the left and back of the green. You will also have to
be careful of the pond that is to the left of the green.
Any shot hit even slightly left will catch the water! The
green is narrow in the front and larger in the back with
a slope from right to left. This can be a birdie chance if
you choose the right club for your second shot but par is
always a good score to plan for.
hole - This par 4 is an easy birdie hole from the
regular tee area and a difficult par hole from the back tee
area that is 80 yards longer. A row of pines protects your
tee shot on the right and a large oak is looming in the distance
for anything hit to the left. From the forward tee hit your
shot down the right side and be rewarded with a very short
iron to a relatively flat split-level green. From the back
tee hit your tee shot to the left of the pines and be left
with a mid iron or fairway wood to the green. Take plenty
of club as most players are short of the green.
hole - Affectionately known as the "pig hole",
this par 3 has a wide but shallow putting surface so choosing
the right club is paramount to taking advantage of this
short hole. The green is possibly the fastest on the course
especially putting from right to left and from back to
front. Many birdies and even an occasional hole in one
are seen here so take advantage of this opportunity.
hole - The sixteenth hole is a drivers dream!
The only trouble is the out of bounds down the left side
of the hole. Take a big swing and hit it right and you'll
never lose it! This is reachable in two shots so take advantage
of it because the next two holes are possibly the best
finishing holes in Western Mass. The green has two bumps in
it that can and will make some putts difficult. Stay in
the right place on the green and putts can definitely be
made here. Be aggressive!
hole - A long difficult par three! This hole will
require a shot between 180 and 200 yards to a green that
has a large difficult ridge in the middle creating three
small hitting areas. A large bunker and trees protect the
left side of the green and out of bounds awaits anything
hit long. If your lucky enough to hit this firm green beware
of the quick breaks in your putts, this is one of the easiest
three putts on the course. A par is great but bogie is the
hole - One of the areas best holes period! This
long par 4 requires a long and accurate tee shot avoiding
the river on the left and thick spongy rough on the right.
Don't worry about the river crossing the fairway only the
really long hitters can reach it down the left side off
the tee. Your second shot will most likely require a very
long second shot to a green which is protected by large
deep bunkers which run in front of this elevated wide green.
(The green measures 155 feet wide and about 40 feet in
depth). Most players try in vain to each this hole in two
shots only to come up short in the bunkers. Play it safe
if it's a risk to get there. Lay up to the left front of
the green and pitch it on from there. This hole plays more
like a par 5 for most players so don't take a chance. Play
for 5 and be happy with a chance to make a putt for a par.
Truly a great par 4 hole! .....On to the 19th!!