They separate the pros from the amateurs, the seasoned from the rookies, the lucky from the cursed. The hardest holes on a golf course can be unforgiving. Slice, hook or shank a ball, and your in the water or woods. Fayetteville is a hotbed of challenging golf courses and home to a range to holes that can drive golfers mad. Here's a look at some of the city's hardest holes.
Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club’s most challenging holes are the fifth and the 17th, says General Manager Mark Brouwer. The fifth doglegs to the right down a narrow fairway that slopes uphill. The 17th has an extremely narrow fairway leading to a waterway that protects the green.
The Blessings Golf Course, a private course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, is home to the Arkansas Razorbacks golf team. Blessing’s more difficult spots are the sixth hole, which extends 444 yards leading to a green flanked dangerously by a retaining wall, and the 11th hole, which features a sharp uphill slope.
Paradise Valley Golf & Athletic Club’s most difficult hole is the eighth. The eighth requires the shooter to dodge several traps and maneuver around a dense patch of woods shielding the green from view of the tees. The 11th is tricky because the green bends to the left and carries a long water trap to the right. A sand trap waits to catch the ball at the bend and two smaller sand traps flank the green.
Fayetteville Country Club’s really challenges golfers at the 13th and the 10th, says Nic Davis, PGA Assistant Golf Professional. The 13th is the most difficult because it has a left dogleg with a bunker on the right and a green buried in the back right corner. The 10th has a deceptively short tee shot followed by a downwind shot over a water hazard to a small green.
Public Gator Golf, an 18-hole miniature course, features unusual obstacles at every hole, distractingly beautiful waterfalls, and life-sized representations of African animals like elephants, giraffes and gorillas.
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