The first hole is a reachable par five that does provide a good chance at birdie. The tee shot should move from left to right to follow the doglegged fairway but must avoid the double bunkers on the inside to the curve. The right side leaves an open shot to the angled green from about 200 yards. The green is built into the slope that slides down toward Lyons Creek. It is sloped from back to front and from left to right. The place to miss is to the right which leaves a more receptive pitch shot to the green. Make a four but be happy with a par.

  The back tee for the Par 5 Second hole rests among the bulrushes of Lyon’s Creek about twenty yards behind the main tee deck. The uphill tee shot through a narrow opening is daunting. It requires length, left to right movement and a soft landing on a fairway that slopes left to right. The long hitters can go at the green in two if they choose. The sloping green is protected in front by a pond and by bunkers left and right.
  Hole Number Three plays one hundred and seventy yards from the tips. The green is cut into the side of a hill with a long bunker protecting the left side. The bunker on the right can actually be a help, as it catches balls that might roll into the hazard. The green tilts to the right following the contours of the land. Missing the green means some form of downhill chip or uphill pitch.
  The Fourth hole at Willodell is rated the second most difficult hole on the course. The gentle dog leg left, from the tips requires a long tee shot over the trees to reach the fairway. The second shot is also long, usually two hundred yards to a green protected by bunkers and a slippery slope to Lyon’s Creek on the right.
  At 189 yards, hole number Five is the most difficult Par 3 on the course. The hole has trees left and right with a frontal bunker forcing a full carry to the green. The green is also bunkered both left and right with grassy lateral hazards beyond the sand on the left and behind the green. A miss to the right puts your ball in the rough at the bottom of a twenty foot slope. The front bunker isn’t a bad miss. The other options leave the player with chips, pitches or bunker shots to a sloping green that always seems to be running away from you.
  The Sixth hole usually plays somewhat downwind which helps since this hole requires three well placed shots to allow a birdie putt on the bunkered and sloping green. The shot must be hit squarely and should favour the left side which opens up the green for either a second shot fairway wood or hybrid. The layup second should leave a full shot into what appears a very small target. Leave the approach below the hole since there is break to side hill putts than there appears. Take your five and walk happily to sixteen tee
  Hole Seven should be easy but it is not. The green is hidden by a frontal bunker and the player can seldom see the bottom of the flag unless it is well back. The bunkers left and right seem to receive a lot of play since one does not want to be short. That little extra effort with a short iron seems to lead to hooks or pushes which are not the shots one wants on this hole. Trust your swing and find the middle of the green.
  The sharp dogleg left on this tough par four requires right to left movement or a long carry over the trees. The second shot from somewhere between 200 and 150 yards must be carried into a green angled to the right with sharp drop off on left. A deep bunker on the left and a more shallow trap dug into the right side also defend the somewhat kidney shaped green. The green is long and narrow which means a short miss can leave a very long chip.
  The Ninth hole at Willodell is a sweeping dogleg right. The tee shot must avoid the right side where a thick stand of trees hides a water hazard. The left side is more open but the sloping fairway at about 150 yards can lead tee shots to wander into the rough. The second shot is uphill and requires one more club than one might imagine. The green is canted from front to back and right to left. Bunkers right and left and a slight false front require the shot be carried all the way to the green.
  From the back tees, this is a momentum building hole since it gives the player a chance for birdie to start the back nine. The tee shot must be crisply struck to a narrow landing area between a pond on the right and a giant willow tree bordering the landing area on the left. The second shot usually requires some 200 yards to a green that is somewhat domed and bunkered on the left and at the back. A miss to the right leaves an open chip to the pin. Watch out for the front pin placement which can be treacherous. 
The Eleventh hole requires a tee shot that moves right to left to the tree lined right to left moving fairway. Aim the tee ball out over the trees to the right and allow the prevailing wind to bring the ball back to the centre of the fairway. The second shot requires a mid to short iron to a green that is angled, long and narrow and bunkered left and right. Make your miss short and left. Avoid long or right as pitch shot back requires a soft landing on a quick green that runs away from the player.
The Twelfth hole is a strong par three usually played into the prevailing wind. The green is protected by a false front, deep bunkers left and right and a drop off to the seventh tee on left side. A miss to the right requires a difficult shot to a green that runs away. Don’t get fancy with this hole: Hit the tee ball into the centre of the green, make your par and walk on to the Thirteenth tee.
  From the tips, this is a solid three shot par five. Played normally into the wind, the tee shot should favour the right, since shots hit to the left side run with the slope into the trees. The lay up second shot played either with a fairway wood or hybrid should again favour the right side since the green is angled and more open to a wedge approach from that side. The green is bunkered left and right and is more sloped than it appears from back to front.
   At 320 yards this short Par Four should be a birdie bonanza, but the tee shot from the tips requires a carry of over 200 yards across a double bend of Tee Creek. The sloped landing area framed by large trees and elevated above the creek requires an accurate tee shot favoring the right side. Deep walled green side bunkers protect the front and the right side of the sloping green. Tee Creek, once again looms just below  the severe drop off behind the green.  One walks onto this hole looking for birdie, walks off the hole happy with par.
  From the back tee,hole number Fifteen is tough.  Tee Creek loops around crossing the hole twice forcing a long carry. The opening is narrow and the trees are tall. The tee ball must favour the left side as the water lies close to the right and the fairway slopes hard from left to right. The green is as well protected left and right with bunkers and that creek is never far away on the right side of this hole. Nicol Thompson had a nasty habit of building greens that appear to confound the basic law of reading a break: gravity.
  A 152 yard Par 3 doesn’t seem that threatening. This is perhaps a chance to make a birdie. The 152 yards is all carry from one hill top to another. This green looks flat but everything runs severely back to the waters of the creek, which runs along the right front in a ravine about fifteen feet deep.
   This hole presents a difficult tee shot in that you have to be over on left side of the fairway to open up the green for your second shot. This sounds easy but there is practically no fairway on the left side. The slope works severely left to right forcing tee balls in that direction. From the right, the trees up near the green force you to carry a shot over the trees and the twenty foot deep ravine that holds Tee Creek. There are bunkers left and right of the green. The green slopes severely from left to right.
  Number Eighteen requires a long tee shot, over Tee Creek and uphill to a fairway that makes a sharp right turn just past the top of the hill. The target is over the first tree to the right with a shot that turns somewhat right to left. The green again generally slopes left to right and balls hit short will run up onto the green. Shots hit long will drop off the back of the green.
 

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