Scenic Vista – Par 5
Right out of the gate, the first hole is a straight away par 5. All three tees are elevated giving you an impressive view of the hole. With woods on the right and homes to the left, this hole can be quite challenging when coupled with the starting elevation. After making it down to the fairway you will be hitting back up to an elevated green that is fronted by 3 traps. No problem shooting a little long on this one!
Plateau – Par 4
Plateau – Par 4
Hole 2 is a slight dogleg to the right, with woods on the right. Hitting up hill, you will want to keep the ball in play on this one. You won’t necessarily need your driver, but you are going to want to put something out there that will keep you safe, such as a long iron or fairway wood. The ladies tee has a definite advantage as you can see the green from this tee box. The green is elevated. You will want to hit a high approach onto this green. You are going to think that you have breaks on this hole while putting, but it may not break as much as you are expecting. The green does slope a bit back to the front. Be sure to turn around midway to look back, as you can see down into the first hole. You will be admiring an amazing view of both White Horse and Cathedral Ledges at this point. On the road going to the third hole, make sure that you turn around to see if you can spot the White Horse Ledge.
Covered Bridge – Par 3
From the front tee, the pond will not come into play. You will have a nice clear shot to the pin. From the back two tees you will need to hit over the pond. Everything on this tee shot will want to break right down to the woods… where the bears live. Surprisingly, it is a bit of a tricky green. This third hole is a good challenging par three that is a bit tough to hit. Do not be afraid to fade the left side of this green. There is a sand trap in the back if you use too much club.
Bear’s Brook – Par 4
The fourth hole is driveable if you are accurate. Looks like an easy hole but do not be deceived. You might want to resist using your driver unless you are very accurate with it. Consider a mid-iron to get out to the 100-yard mark. This green slopes back with a brook just behind. Play a high shot onto the 4th green. The back right of the green slopes dramatically, so beware.
Moat View – Par 5
Tee shots tend to drift to the right on the 5th hole. There are traps on both the right and left side. If you can keep this one straight down the middle, you stand a good chance of pulling out a birdie. Hitting onto this green, there is a shallow bunker on the left and a deeper one on the right, so watch out for your third shot. Be sure to take out enough club, hit a high iron, they tend to run to the back right. The green is pretty true.
Birches – Par 3
Our pro suggested years ago to add another 5-10 yards onto this hole, reason being is that it is all carry. The trap in the front is not right next to the green so it makes it look a little shorter than it is. Try taking an extra club on this one. There is a severe slope at the front of the green.
Fox Run – Par 4
Pro tip: Hit a mid iron or fairway wood, get it down to the 150 yard marker. Many players end up out of bounds because of the homes that line this fairway. It is not really a difficult hole, as long as you follow the pro’s tips. Traps come into play on the right and left with your tee shot. You are hitting down into the green. You will hit one less club than you think because you are hitting down hill. There are a couple more traps on both the right and left at this green.
White Horse – Par 4
This is one of Hale’s signature holes. You are looking straight out at Cathedral Ledge, amazing views, flowers on the tee box, and stately homes to the left and right. On the right side there are tall pine trees that may help you keep the ball in play. Left side has a bunker. On approaching the green there are two sand traps on the left, but the right side is open. You will want to play your approach shot to the right side. The green is uphill so give it a little more when putting from the front. This can be a very difficult hole when the pin is in the back.
Ledge View – Par 4
Great views are abundant for the finale; White Horse Ledge to the left, Cathedral Ledge straight ahead, and to top it all off a wonderful view of the Hotel as you approach the green. The right of this fairway gives you a little more room. Lots of woods on the left that are not out of bounds. There is a fairway bunker that won’t be a problem for the long hitters. Beware those of you who do not hit it as far, as the bunkers will certainly play a role. If you hit over 230, the trees will come into play as it does narrow up, but if you can keep this one up the middle you will have a nice little wedge or 9 iron to the green. Elevated green with traps on the right and left in the front. Be sure to take that extra club as you are hitting uphill. No out of bounds beyond the green. Sloped green that goes from the back to the front.