The 389 yard par 4 opening hole at Heatherwoode is a downhill, dogleg right. The tee shot is blind. Out of bounds lurks around the right coner of the dogleg. While water on the left may collect long drives that roll through the fairway. For those who find the short grass; only a downhill short-iron will be left for the aproach to a large, two-tiered, green.
The 491 yard par 4 second hole favors a right-to-left ball flight off the tee. As a large pond lines the right side. Narrowing the fairway, which also slopes towards the water. The demanding second shot will be with a mid-to-long iron. To a green surrounded by trouble. The water wraps around the back of the green. Three bunkers protect the right. And swails, mounds and rough on the left put pressure on the players short game.
The long and beautiful 200 yard par 3, third, has a water hazard on the right that shouldn’t come into play. The elevated green is shaped at a 45 degree angle. With an opening on the right side. Allowing right-to-left shots to be ran up to the putting surface.
The winding 531 yard par 5, fourth hole, has water everywhere. The drive must avoid the pond on the right and a bunker on the left. Another pond comes into play for the second shot. Whether players decide to lay up to the right or carry over the water to try to reach this green in two shots.
The 420 yard par 4, fifth hole, requires a precise tee shot through a shoot of dense trees. And short of a creek that crosses the fairway diagonally. Those missing the fairway will face a difficult second shot from the rough. As more trees block a clear path to the green. Which is small, and surrounded by mounds and rough.
The 399 yard par 4, sixth hole, is lined on either side by out-of-bounds. A good stategy and precision is required off the tee. As mature trees narrow the landing area. For the aproach shot, distance control is key. In order to find this small green guarded by two bunkers.
The 377 yard par 4, seventh hole, is one of the shortest par 4’s at Heatherwoode. But it is uphill and lined by out-of-bounds on both sides. The winding fairway and a cross-bunker make club selection off the tee more important than usual, in order to find the short grass. The aproach shot will be with a short-iron to a shallow, kidney-shaped green, protected by deep bunkers.
The 168 yard par 3, eigth hole, may not be the longest. But it is situated at the highest point in the entire golf course. Making wind a very important factor.
Player success begins on the tee at the 513 yard par 5, ninth. The severe downhill fairway allows players to hit the longest drive of the day. With a hope to reach the green in two shots. Those laying up their second, must navigate through two grass-bunkers that narrow the fairway at about 100 yards away from the green. Which is surrounded by 4 large and deep bunkers. An opening in the front allows for long shots to be ran up to the green.
The 440 yard par 4, tenth, is a sharp dog-leg left. A solid drive with a right to left spin will leave only a wedge to the green; but it could also end up out of bounds if over-done. The uphill approach shot is to a large green, unprotected by bunkers, but its convex shape will make slight misses roll off the putting surface.
The winding 546 yard par 5, eleventh hole, requires both accuracy and thoughtful shot making. The tee shot must avoid a creek that runs along the left side of the entire hole. Mature trees on the right and two pot-fairway bunkers. The second shot favors a right-to-left ball flight and also requires distance control to avoid overshooting the fairway. The small green is dangerously close to the creek on the left, and it slopes from right-to-left towards the water
As the shortest hole on the golf course, the 140 yard par 3, twelfth, provides and opportunity for anyone to make birdie. Golfers must avoid overshooting the green, as it is built on a small plateau that falls away on the back
The 348 yard par 4, thirteenth hole, provides very little margin for error. The tee shot must combine both accurate direction and distance control in order to find the left-to-right sloping fairway. Only a wedge will be left for the approach to this shallow green that puts, once again, a premium on distance control.
A demanding 421 yard par 4, fourteenth hole, is a beautiful dog-leg right. The tee shot must avoid a water hazard on the right and a small bunker on the left, to find the undulating fairway. The green is protected by a pot-bunker on the front left, and another in the back.
The 394 yard par 4, fifteenth hole, is yet another example of the shot making demands at Heatherwoode Golf Club. A right-to-left ball flight off the tee will leave players with the best angle to attack the green. The second shot must carry over a creek to reach this shallow green, placed at an angle.
The 451 yard par 4, sixteenth, is the longest par 4 on the golf course. The tee shot must be threaded between dense trees on either side of the fairway. As well as a creek that runs along the right, all the way to the green. The second shot will be with a long iron to this large green, protected only by a bunker short-right. Shots missed too far to the right will find the water.
The 229 yard par 3, seventeenth, has no bunkers to protect one of the largest greens at Heatherwoode Golf Club. Many pin-placements allow the superintendent to change the difficulty of the hole.
The 484 par 4 finishing hole puts pressure on every facet of a players game. An accurate drive is a must in order to avoid mature trees on either side and a creek lining the right. From the fairway, most players will choose a long iron for the aproach to the large convex green. A series of sand and grass bunkers surround the green. As well as rough, mounds and swails.