St. Leon-Rot, Germany
St. Leon-Rot, Germany
A straightaway par-4 to open with bunkers on the left jutting out into the fairway. There’s more room on the right but water lines the right just past the rough if a player overcooks a drive trying to work it right to left and the right fairway bunker will collect the long hitters. The green is protected with two bunkers in front and is two-tiered with a back shelf that will be a difficult pin to access.
Players arrive to the second with dreams of hitting this potentially reachable, uphill par-5 in two, but the left fairway bunker should swallow many of those dreams hole.
An elevated par-3 with a deep front bunker protecting a shallow green. Front left is accessible here, but any other pin locations will force players to challenge that front trap.
One of the most fun and picturesque holes on the course – a dogleg left par-4 with water hugging the leftside off of the tee. Longer hitters will have a huge advantage here as they’ll be able to challenge the left side into the fatter part of the fairway off the tee. Water protects the front, but the more tricky aspect is navigating the steeply, two-shelved green and avoid the bunker in front.
Another elevated green that rolls front to back is protected by two bunkers in the front. Outside of a back right hole location, players will have the green light to fire at this pin.
The left side of the fairway has the best shot at firing at this reachable par-5, but three pot bunkers should collect a host of drives that get too aggressive down the left side and the fairway narrows the further players hit it off the tee here. A ridge runs separates two segments of a large green protected by a trap up front that a host of players will surely find themselves in.
This potentially drivable par-4 is a gem, the type of hole where players can walk away with a birdie or a double bogey. For players that decide not to test the green, the drive still isn’t a picnic. Two pot bunkers jut out into the fairway from the right and water envelopes the left side. Some players will try to carry the bunkers but the tee shot narrows, and anything left of the bunkers brings the water into play. Players should have a wedge or short iron over water into a narrow, three-tiered green that’s completely enveloped by one large bunker.
Players able to work it right to left off the fairway bunker to the right will find this hole the most comfortable, but anyone who overcooks it will find a pot bunker left or the rough. The second is into another elevated green, which is separated into two segments by a small back shelf that will be tough for players to access and hold when the pin is back there.
Coming in, players will hit to an elevated fairway on this dogleg left par-4. The tee shot should go right over top of the right bunker, but longer players can challenge carrying the left fairway bunker. For those successful brave souls, their tee shot should hit a downslope leaving them a substantial advantage in their approach.
Another tough driving hole to open the back nine. Most players will try to blow it over top of the right fairway bunker while avoiding the left fairway bunker to set up an approach into a shallow, three-tiered green. Water’s short left of the green but shouldn’t come into play much on the second.
A dogleg left par-5 in which players try to aggressively draw it off the right fairway bunker over top of the fairway bunker left. There’s a tree hanging out in the left rough that should swallow errant tee shots for those who go too aggressively down the left side. Players will want to definitely avoid the two bunkers at the end of the fairway in hopes of setting up a solid third shot into another three-tiered green.
This par-3 works over the water, but the drink comes much more into play on the left. Almost any tee shot missing the green left will end up wet. A bunker protects the green short but players will fear the smaller bunker in the back much more as anything in there will leave a much more difficult up and down.
Another beautiful par-4 with water wrapping the left side to make the players think their way around. Some players will choose to hit a wood or hybrid off of the tee short of the two pot bunkers into the fat part of the fairway, leaving a full wedge or short iron in. Others will choose a more risky path, hoping to fly it over the hazard into the narrow part of the fairway to leave a short wedge shot in with a better angle.
The par-4 14th demands an accurate tee shot as the fairway narrows the further you hit it. Ideally, players will work the ball left to right just off of the edge of left fairway bunker and leave it in a prime spot to attack an elevated green split into two shelves.
The 15th is par-3 over a massive bunker protecting the front of the green. Front right will be the easiest pin position here as players will be able to use a substantial backstop to funnel balls back to the hole. However, that same backstop should collect a great deal of balls that don’t carry all the way to back right or left pins, creating a tricky two putt.
The longest par-5 on the course coming in should challenge players as their matches hit the tipping point. Fairway bunkers on both sides are the biggest obstacle for both the drive and the layup. The green is protected up front by three bunkers and is split into two tiers.
Working back in towards the clubhouse, the par-4 17th again will narrow the further players try to hit it off the tee with three bunkers protecting the left. However, players that try to keep it down the right side too much can end up in the pond that protects the right and the front of the green. The second is another two-tiered green that players will find most accessible on the front portion of the green.
Three fairway bunkers sit in the middle of a dual fairway par-4 18th. Longer hitters can try to blow it over the top of the fairway bunkers but there’s not much margin for error in finding the fairway through that route. Players who find the fairway here have a solid look at setting themselves up with a solid birdie opportunity to a green protected by a small bunker right.
Sep 18 - GC 2:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Sep 19 - GC 2:00 AM-12:00 PM ET
Sep 20 - GC 5:00 AM-12:00 PM ET