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The chipping and putting greens, along with the opening hole, introduce all golfers to the dramatic visual character of Pine Rock Golf Course.  Massive rock outcrops seem to emerge directly out of the clubhouse, surrounding the putting green and framing a waterfall.  The first tee is perched above this beautiful view and looks out at some of the mature twisted pines that appear in several areas around the site.  The opening hole is wide enough and short enough to be a welcoming start, but the green sits close to an existing pond so care must be taken on the approach, especially if the pin is on the left side of the green. 
The cart path from the first green to the second tee wends its way through a beautiful stand of the ancient pines.  The back tee for the long par-3 second hole is tucked neatly into those pines and presents a dramatic downhill shot to an angled green closely guarded by three deep bunkers on the right side and sitting above a deep natural swale.  The other tees move progressively to the left, opening the green up to a run-up approach for shorter hitters.  The back of the green falls away sharply, making club selection critical.

The third hole is a medium length par 4 that plays downhill into a natural valley with trees right and left.  The green is guarded very closely by an existing pond on the entire left side, but there is room for a bail-out, and maybe even a good kick onto the green from the right side.  Golfers making a par here will breathe a sigh of relief and accomplishment.

The first par 5 on the course, as with most great par 5s, is all about making the right choice on the second shot to set up the best approach to the green.  There is water and two large bunkers on the right side before the second landing area, so golfers have to calculate the carry there or hit to the left side, making the approach more difficult. So the hole can be played as a straight hole or as a double dog-leg for those laying up to the left with their second shots. Judging the approach is important as the green is large and undulating with several challenging pin locations.

This is a medium length par 4 that calls for a left-to-right tee shot and a right-to-left approach if a birdie putt is to be achieved.? The landing area is closely guarded by bunkers but a good drive will set up a downhill second shot that offers excellent long views over much of the back nine and the surrounding landscape.

This is a straight away par 5 that leans strongly to the right.  The green is bunkered tightly on the right side and the second landing must contend with a small rock outcrop on the right side.  But it is the left side bunkers that may cause the golfer the most problems if they over-compensate in avoiding the right side fall off.  The hole plays the opposite direction from the previous par 5 (#4) so wind direction will make one of those two holes much more challenging. 

The short seventh hole plays into an existing quarry over water and will certainly be one of Pine Rock’s signature holes.  The tee is highly unusual in that it wraps around the lake, changing the angle of play much more than the distance of the shot.  The forward tee is given the easiest angle of attack, and there is a small bail out area to the front right of the green.  The cart path winds carefully through a large stand of ancient pines.  This a hole that will long be remembered by all golfers.

After the beautiful climb through the pines, the short par 4 eighth hole presents a dramatic vista and a strong risk-reward opportunity.  It is potentially a drive-able par 4, but to take that line one must carry a deep bunker short of the green and carefully judge the roll-on angle.  A more conservative tee shot is a layup to the left side, avoiding a line of bunkers there and setting up a short but tricky approach to a green that runs slightly away from the golfer.  As with any good risk-reward hole, birdie is possible and very tempting, but bogey or worse awaits careless play. 

The front nine closes with a stout par 4 that plays slightly uphill to the landing area, which has a full view of the massive central rock outcrops that envelope the clubhouse.  There are two large bunkers on the left side of the landing area that should be avoided to set up an approach that must carry the deep bunkers guarding the right front of the green.  A bail out run-up approach is possible from the left side but there are two large trees that must be negotiated. 

The back nine opens with a beautiful tee shot playing downhill and overlooking much of the back nine and the surrounding landscape.  The landing area is guarded by large bunkers on the right side that should be challenged to get the best angle into the green, which has a stream and small pond along the right side.  There is plenty of room to hit the tee shot safely to the left, but that makes the approach shot more difficult. 

This may be the most difficult par on the course, and it is a spectacular visual hole as well.  The tee shot asks golfers to decide how much of the large lake to carry to shorten and set up their approaches.  The fairway narrows significantly just before the green on this long hole, with water on the left and a steep slope on the right, making the go-for-it or lay-up decision critical.  The aggressive approach has to carry water and a large deep bunker guarding the front left of the green. A truly man-sized hole where par will be a great score. 

The long par 3 twelfth plays slightly uphill to a two level green angled to accept a right to left approach. The green is closely guarded by bunkers on the left side, so if the pin is on the upper left deck it will present a very difficult target. 

Another very dramatic downhill tee shot to an unusual green.  The landing area for the tee shot is wide and inviting, but the second shot must be very carefully considered.  The green is oriented to accept a long approach on the second shot, but that path is closely guarded by a cluster of bunkers, and there is water along the left side of the second half of the hole.  A lay-up to the right side of the green should carefully examine the pin placement on this unusual green, which is high on both ends and dramatically lower in the middle section.  The green is perched above the fairway making the short approach very challenging.

The short straight-away fourteenth provides a bit of a breather after the difficult start to the back nine.  But golfers should not take the approach shot lightly as the green has plenty of undulating character as well as run-off areas all around.

The final par 5 on the course starts with a generous tee shot if one can avoid the two mature trees in the fairway.  A large pond starts just past the landing area on the left side and extends to the green.  The hole is pretty straight through the second landing but then dog-legs sharply left around the pond that closely guards the green.  It will be rare to go at this green with the second shot, so careful placement of the lay-up is important. 

The sixteenth is a relatively long par 4 that bends gently to the left around the same pond that runs along the 15th hole.  The landing area is generous enough, but leans a little to the left so some care must be taken to avoid the water off the tee.  The closely bunkered green is large and undulating so getting the approach in the correct part of the green is the best way to achieve par.

The final par three on the course is also the longest and nearly level, and it plays to a green angled slightly left to right.  The green is large enough to accept the long approach, but the bunkers guarding the right side are deep so the safe play is probably to the left side of the green.  The tees move progressively left as they move forward to open up the green for weaker players.

The course closes with a very strong and very beautiful par 4.  The tee shot from the back tees plays over a rocky stream to an elevated landing area with bunkers short right and long left, suggesting a slight left to right tee shot.  From the landing area, golfers must cross the stream again, this time to a right to left oriented green with the dramatic clubhouse in full view behind the green.  The green itself is very subtle, but getting there without mishap is a substantial achievement.  Hopefully golfers find it a memorable finish to a delightful golf journey around an unusual and beautiful piece of landscape.