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  • 1. HOLE 1 • Hole 1: Your journey around one of Pete Dye’s greatest works begins here! The key to enjoying the Pete Dye Course at French Lick is to select the set of tees that best suit your game. We recommend that no one attempt the Gold Tees unless your handicap is 5 or less; Black Tees 10 or less; Blue tees 15 or less; White tees 25 or less; all others play the forward tees. This opening hole requires a right center tee shot just inside the 3 large fairway bunkers. The proper approach favors the right side of the green where there is plenty bailout area.
  • 2. HOLE 2 • Hole 2: One of the short par 4’s on the course is lined with Pete Dye’s Volcano Bunkers up the right side. The fairway becomes very narrow at 300 yards from the black tee. . This allows the long hitter the option to go long, but at a risk of having an awkward lie and stance for his short approach. Target is again right center
  • 3. HOLE 3 • Hole 3: This is a real 3 shot par 5. Again, the large bunkers line the right hand side of the fairway and a steep drop off threatens players on the left, so accuracy is a premium. Even the longest of hitters will be doubtful of their chances at reaching this hole in 2. The best approach angle is from the bunker at the turn of the fairway, approximately 140 yards from the green. The battle is far from over once you reach the green. While this is one of the bigger greens on the course, it is also one of the trickiest!
  • 4. HOLE 4 • Hole 4: This mid- range Par 3 is a great hole, so long as you don’t miss long or left; definitely some beautiful scenery in the background, especiall y from the top tier of tees.
  • 5. HOLE 5 • Hole 5: This is the shortest par 4 on the course. Tee shot placement is the premium here. The ideal shot is left center of the fairway, missing the fairway bunkers. This will align you perfectly with this green that sits at a 45 degree angle from the fairway. It is a very small green and the bail-out is behind and left of the green. Remember this approach is a lot of UPHILL.
  • 6. HOLE 6 • Hole 6: A great par 4 with lots of trouble left. Over 20 bunkers line the left rough. A premium is placed on the accurate tee shot near the fairway bunkers on the right, leaving an approach of 160-175 yards to the green. This hole will also be one of the most photographed; the vistas from the green are incredible.
  • 7. HOLE 7 • Hole 7: The 7th, a long uphill par 5 is truly a “taste of Scotland”, as it looks so much like one of the old links holes from across the pond! Especially from the greenside bunkers!
  • 8. HOLE 8 • Hole 8: A spectacular view of the Pete Dye Club House looms in the background of this great par 3. Long and right are the places to avoid, but the large bunker left in the approach creates big issues for those forced to play from it. Accuracy is the premium here as short left in the approach is the only bailout.
  • 9. HOLE 9 • Hole 9: The finishing hole on the front nine is a left to right dogleg with an ominous waste bunker lining the right side of the fairway. Premium tee shot is one placed directly at the flagpole along the drive to the Club House. Definitely steer clear of all obstacles right of the fairway and green!
  • 10. HOLE 10 Hole 10: High atop the boulder lined tee, fire the tee shot at the left side fairway bunker and the ball will funnel back to the middle of the fairway. This green will be among the most difficult to hit. A shot that shaves the left ¼ of the green may run off down the steep slope toward the cart path, leaving an almost impossible pitch back to the elevated green.
  • 11. HOLE 11 • Hole 11: There is not a lot of fairway visible to the player from the tee. Over the right side of the cart path toward the right hand fairway bunker is the ideal play. Those who try to shorten the hole playing straight at the green will have an awkward lie and approach angle and will limit their chances at hitting the green.
  • 12. HOLE 12 • Hole 12: The long par 4 12th hole will require two big shots to get on the green in regulation, there is only one place to miss the green, that is short. An errant shot right, left, or long, leaves an impossible up and down.
  • 13. HOLE 13 • Hole 13: What a par 3! This long par 3 with a perched redan style green is dangerous! Left of the green is a huge, huge waste area and at the end is a deep greenside bunker with a face that is 12’ high. Short is a steep drop so that if a ball does not rest on the green, it will likely roll back to the bottom of the slope. Balls right of the green will collect in the bailout area 10 feet below the putting surface. Green slopes right to left as well. Play for the center and plan to hit it there!
  • 14. HOLE 14 • Hole 14: Great par 5, with a split fairway. You may be able to save 100 yards or so by going up the right side of the split, but you are faced with a slope on the approach to the green that is over 90 feet high. The green here falls off sharply on all sides so accuracy is a premium on the 3rd shot.
  • 15. HOLE 15 • Hole 15: A great short par 4. If you look back from the tee, the French Lick Resort is clearly visible as is the rest of the town. Right center tee shot is the play here, and then an approach that favors the right half of the green is less risky.
  • 16. HOLE 16 • Hole 16: The is the beginning of a great series of finishing holes. This hole tips out at 302 yards, with a prevailing south wind blowing left to right, toward the boulder lined lake; A beautiful hole with tons of challenge even from the regular tees.
  • 17. HOLE 17 • Hole 17: The beginning of the end, a big dogleg right with waste bunkers lining the right and pot bunkers and deep face fairway bunkers on the left. Hit the middle here to have any kind of chance at reaching this small green!
  • 18. HOLE 18 • Hole 18: This closing par five plays into one of the most spectacular amphitheatres in golf. As you stand at the tee, this dogleg left par 5 looks perfectly level, but at 300 yards off the tee, the fairway drops 100 feet in elevation and turns 90 degrees left into this 13,000 square foot green. A major tournament or a friendly wager could definitely be won or lost here.