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"Scenic and secluded. The greens were firm and moderately fast. The course blends well with the natural surroundings."


Hole #1     

The opening hole is a 532 yard par 5 dog leg left. A tree in the middle of the fairway forces you to keep left to be safe on your drive.  A large tree short and left of the green inhibits any approach shot from the left rough. The green slopes back to front, penalizing the player who hits past the green.


Hole #2       

At 417 yards,  the justification for being the #1 handicap hole is obvious as the player stands on the tee. From the blue tees, the drive is hit over marsh and through a narrow opening in the trees . . . daunting, to say the least. The fairway runs steeply uphill, with trees and rough on both sides. The forward sloping green rewards the player who stays below the hole. A par 4 on this hole feels like a birdie.


Hole #3     

With a significantly elevated rear tee box, this 188 yard par 3 presents a drivable green for straight hitters. The left side of the fairway is lined by trees and impenetrable foliage, with mature trees on the right. The green is long and narrow, making second shots from either side challenging.


Hole #4    

At 359 yards, this 45 degree dogleg left par 4 can reward the player who hits a controlled draw. Beware however, as a hook puts the player in trees from which par is unlikely. The green is slightly elevated and favors those that stay below the hole.


Hole #5  

At 237 yards this par three is longer than most tour professionals play. In fact, from the ladies tee, it is a par 4. While the tee and green are on the same elevation the fairway is recessed. The very flat green is guarded by trees left and right. The straight rolling green does not add insult to injury.


Hole #6   

At 337 yards this par 4 emphasizes shot placement. With fenced OB on the right and TWO trees in the middle of the fairway, most players are forced to hit a stout tee shot to the left side. The second shot must clear a deep bunker that guards the entire left side of the green. The green is narrow from the left, requiring a precise approach shot.


Hole #7 

At 395 yards this par 4 is the #3 handicap hole for a reason. On the right side, running the length of the hole, is OB and a road. On the left, deep rough and a stand of trees await errant drives. Subtle contours make this green rather tricky for most pin placements.


Hole #8 

At 482 yards this par 5 offers the best chance of a birdie 4 at Lost Nation. However, with a pond right, deep rough left, and trees on both sides, a straight tee shot is required. The player who keeps  the ball in the fairway, and away from the big tree hanging over a portion of the green, may get a stroke back.


Hole #9  

At 190 yards, this par three looks rather benign from the tee. However, the huge green is sloped significantly from back to front. Any shot that is not below the hole brings bogie (and often, worse) into the occasion. Most players are happy with a 4, ecstatic with 3.


Hole #10 

Keeping the tee shot away from  the road and large trees left, and out of the trees and pond right, a player will have a straight approach shot on this 351 yard par 4. However, the slope and contour of this narrow green penalize any approach shot that misses the green on either side.


Hole #11  

Trees left and right of this 472 yard straight, narrow fairway demand an accurate tee shot. Big hitters might be able to reach the large green in two, but for most, a decent, straight second shot will allow a wedge into the green and the opportunity for a birdie 4.


Hole #12  

With trees/OB right and a large pond guarding the green left, this 147 yard par 3 rewards the player who, if he/she cannot hit the green, misses short right. Long –left is problematic and some pin placements make two putts rather difficult.


Hole #13    

With trees left and right, this 355 yard rising fairway rewards a straight tee shot with a good look at the contoured green. Hit a short iron/wedge into the center of the green and a birdie or two putt par 4 is a real possibility.


Hole #14 

With an elevated tee, trees, heavy rough and a bunker left and trees and a pond right, this 190 yard par 3 dictates that a player who misses the green misses short. The green is extremely deceptive with its apparent slope and contours. It actually putts much slower and straighter than it appears.


Hole #15 

With an increasingly narrow, tree lined fairway and a 50 yard long contoured green guarded by trees, this 399 yard par 4 is the hole where good rounds go to die.  Players are grateful to score 4 on this hole.


Hole #16  

There are two keys to playing this 474 yard par 5. First, a player must keep the tee shot out of the trees right and waste bunker left. Second, he/she must keep the ball out of the pond right and reach the green in regulation, because chances are the player will need both putts to hole out. This large contoured green is the most diabolical on the course and fools even the most experienced Lost Nation veteran.


Hole #17

Playing this 337 yard, 90 degree dog-leg-right par 4 requires a distance-precise tee shot to mid-dog-leg. Beware the trees right and bunker left. Missing the approach shot on either side of this long, contoured green brings bogie or worse into play.


Hole #18

A great finishing hole, this 383 par 4 dogleg right has a significant risk/reward component from the tee. Tree trouble left, right and long demand a precise tee shot. Long hitters can take advantage of the downhill fairway to shorten the approach, but the risk of hitting into trees is significant. Proper tee shots are rewarded with a good look at a large, bunker-fronted green with significant contour.



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