Director of Golf Mark Heptig explains the best way to play the Rossmoor golf courses. Here’s the nine-hole course.
- Make sure to hit a few balls before tackling this first hole. With out of bounds left and the lake to the right there is only one direction to hit your first shot… Straight. The bunker less green complex is still a challenge because (like most of the greens on the Creekside course) it is a small target with slopes surrounding that deflect the ball away from the putting surface. You will see a creek just to the right of the green. Get used to it because the creek will be in play on seven of the next eight holes.
- Straight away Par 5 that must be negotiated between
a fairway bunker on the right and the sever slope going down the left side of the fairway. The key to this hole is leaving yourself a short approach from the right side of the fairway to avoid the large oak 80 yards in front of the green and the very difficult greenside bunker also on the left.
- A unique and intriguing short Par 4. Standing at the tee the hole appears wide open. However, near the driving area it begins to narrow, leading to a green bordered by water both left and right. The drive should be down the right side of the fairway and if you have any question about reaching the green… short is your best miss.
- A Par 4 moving slightly uphill and generally into the wind. A carry across the creek will leave a shot to a small green surrounded by three bunkers on the left and the unseen lake on the right.
- A long Par 4 that must have a long accurate drive if you are to find the green in two. The bunker in front of green is an optical illusion because it is some 30 yards short of the putting surface. Once again this double green (shared with #3) has no forgiveness on the right or left because of the creek.
- One of the more difficult and interesting holes at Rossmoor. The drive decides how the hole will be played. A creek sits diagonally across the fairway and players must decide to either lay up or cross with a well struck drive. A tee shot with any fade will probably end up in the creek. The second shot must avoid the small front bunker on the left, the creek on the right and out of bounds stakes just over the green.
- Beautiful short Par 3 that has four bunkers surrounding the putting surface. Often it plays into the wind which means taking one extra club is not a bad idea. There is a lot of slope at the back of this green so leaving the shot short of the flag is your best chance at a putt that can be made.
- Par 4 of medium length that must be attacked with well placed shots. The tee shot should be to the right of the first set of bunkers but yet short enough to not go in the right hand fairway bunker some 120 yards short of the green. The large bunker left of the green is a tough up and down. The green is very subtle with some movement from left to right. The creek lingers just beyond the green.
- A short Par 4 that looks easy from the tee but holds plenty of challenges. A tee shot well placed will leave a short shot into a large narrow green. Anything hit over the green is a very difficult up and down.