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The opening hole at Brushy Mountain is the longest of the four par 5's. The longer hitters can reach it in two shots if they decide to cut the corner but be careful of going too far right as you can get blocked out by tall trees on the right. A well placed tee shot presents a great birdie opportunity to start the round, but the deep bunker in front of the green can cause trouble if not avoided.
From the tee, the first Par 4 seems to be fairly simple. It is not a long hole, but high grass and trees right, and thick woods left, could make it feel longer. Overhanging trees create a tunnel-like effect from the tee and should be the first thing to avoid. As a whole, it is pretty straight forward. A fairway drive leaves you with a short iron or wedge to a slightly uphill, two-tiered green. There are two greenside bunkers that can penalize a poor approach, especially with a pin placement above the horizontal ridge. Keeping this hole simple and not being overly aggressive give you the best chance to take advantage of this short Par 4.
Hole #3 is a straight away, medium length Par 4 that proves day in, day out to be one of the most difficult holes on the golf course. Although the distance is not a factor, the lateral hazard, severely sloped fairway, and highly undulated green make this a great all around test. The tee shot needs to stay short of the lateral hazard crossing the hole around 100 yards from the green, but needs to be sure to reach the downslope in order to get all the way to the flat area. The approach shot is uphill to a green with few flat putts, a bunker on the left, and a large false-front. A shot landing in the wrong portion of the green can leave a very tough two-putt.
The fourth hole is a short Par 4 that can present a very good scoring opportunity with a smart tee shot. Less than driver is a good way to reach the largest portion of the fairway near the 100 yard marker in between two fairway bunkers. Driver can possibly get very close to the green, but the hole narrows tremendously inside 50 yards. The green is guarded by 3 bunkers, including one left and two in the front. A shot over the green is the worst case scenario especially with the back pin placement because of a severe drop off. The tee shot is the most important and from there it is a green light.
The shortest hole on the golf course is the Par 3 5th. With the tee shot requiring only a wedge or short iron, a green in regulation is very likely. The key to capitalizing on this birdie opportunity is being on the right level of this two-tiered green with a false front. The three bunkers surrounding the green are a penalty for very poor shots and the steep false front is a tough up and down to the front pin. Overall this hole is typically simple and should be taken advantage of, but sometimes can be surprisingly tough with a well-placed pin.
Don't be fooled by the yardage on this short dogleg left Par 4. A mid-to-long iron is required for a safe lay-up shot in the fairway, but be careful of going too far left because there is a pond barely visible from the tee. The second shot is key on this hole as this green runs off on all sides, including a false-front that could leave a very difficult up and down.
This straight away Par 4 may seem simple but a right fairway bunker and very thick tree lines can cause trouble with a stray tee shot. Longer hitters can carry the bunker with a good drive. The yardage on your approach shot is vital to getting the ball close to the pin because there is a ridge that runs horizontally across the center of the green. The safe miss is to the right to avoid the bunker and likely get a left kick near or onto the green.
The most difficult Par 3 on the course demands a good tee shot. A miss left could end up in the very deep bunker or in the approach chipping to the green that runs away from you. Out of bounds guards the right side just to the right of the cart path. The very large horizontal ridge in the center of the green can make for a very difficult two-putt if you are not on the proper level.
The final hole on the front nine is an average length Par 5 sharp dogleg right towards the Clubhouse. A good drive just left of the grass bunker and large tree on the corner will leave just over 200 yards to the green. Longer hitters may risk cutting the corner over the tall trees but out of bounds lurks down the entire right side of the hole. A lay-up shot should avoid the fairway bunker on the right and shots to the green should avoid the deep greenside bunker. Smart shots can lead to a nice finish to the front nine.
The back nine begins with a very slight dogleg right with out of bounds from tee to green on the right side. Longer hitters should be aware of the hazard on the left which tends to be unplayable. The approach shot should dodge the greenside bunker and not be long. The miss should be to the front right portion of the green. A vertical ridge is the back of the green calls for an accurate shot in order to keep it close to the pin.
This medium length Par 3 is a great birdie opportunity depending on the pin location. The front and middle pin locations below the tier that stretches horizontally across the entire green, are the best chances of getting it close. Back pins require a precise yardage as a shot ending up over the green is one of the most difficult up and downs on the course. The hole plays slightly down hill, is guarded by bunkers short left and right, and usually has swirling winds. The miss here must be short.
The 12th hole is a lengthy Par 5 but 2 good shots can lead to an eagle opportunity. The dogleg right is ideal for a left to right shaped drive but needs to carry the 2 fairway bunkers on the right in order to have a chance of reaching the green in 2. The green is surrounded by 4 tricky bunkers and is undulated, so a two-putt is easier said than done.
This lengthy dogleg right Par 4 demands a solid drive down the right side in order to leave yourself with an aggressive approach shot. A drive too far right can end up in very tall grass that lines the right side. The 3-tiered green makes it difficult to get the ball close to the pins and the deep bunker guarding the front is a challenging up and down.
The 14th hole is a medium length par 4, but don't be fooled by the yardage. An accurate tee shot is necessary to lay up short of a large water hazard between the downhill fairway and the green while avoiding the overhanging trees near tee box. The approach shot is also critical. It plays uphill to a severely sloped, two-tiered green. Any approach shots missing right off this green results in a difficult, blind chip shot because everything feeds straight downhill. You might want to save your two best shots for this hole to avoid a large number.
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The final Par 3 on the course can be visually intimidating to some even though it only requires a short iron. The tee shot plays downhill to a green guarded by a water hazard on the right edge and close behind the green. A poor approach shot must be left of the green in order to have a chance of getting up and down, but even this can be difficult with left pin placements. Misses long or right of the green almost always come to rest in the unplayable hazard. If your tee shot finds the green, the hard part is over and you.
This is a true risk-reward Par 4. For longer hitters, getting very close or even on this green is possible from the tee. The safe play is to the fairway with a hybrid or fairway wood, leaving a uphill shot with a wedge. If you choose to go for the green, the fairway ends 40-50 yards from the green and is surrounded by rough, it is slightly blocked by tall pines on the right that can cause havoc, and is protected by two fairly large, deep greenside bunkers. The green runs back to front, so over the green can be a difficult up and down to a back pin. An aggressive tee shot needs to be straight or this birdie hole could quickly go south.
The final Par 5 at Brushy Mountain is a lengthy dogleg right for most players. Longer hitters can risk carrying the Pines on the right but a miss could result in a punch out or even a lost ball due to very tall grass. Shorter hitters may choose to lay up at the bottom of the hill leaving a wedge to the green. The green is protected by 2 bunkers and is very undulated. Being in the proper portion of the green is essential to having a flat putt.
The final Par 4 at Brushy Mountain is also the signature hole. From the back tees, the yardage itself is humbling, but the tight fairway and uphill approach give the hole its nickname, "Big Hole". The fairway curves slightly left towards the clubhouse and is tree-lined the entire way with the tightest section being in the landing area. With a fairway drive, the approach shot will surely play longer than the yardage. The green slopes back to front, has a large bunker on each side, and the back side drops off leaving a very fast chip shot running away from you. To get to the clubhouse you will have to pass the tough test all the way from tee to green.