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Coudersport Golf Club
Hole 1 is a 343 yard par 4 that eases you into your round. The only concern here is a creek that runs up the right hand side. Aim your teem shot up the left hand side of the fairway and you'll be left with an open approach to a flat green. One or two putts later your round should be off to a good start.
Hole 2 plays longer than its 102 yard distance would indicate because it heads straight up the hill. The green slopes more severely from back to front on the right hand side, so players that spin the ball a lot must be careful not to spin the ball off the front of the green when hitting to right hand hole locations. The front left of the green is almost perfectly flat and causes a lot of missed putts due to players over-reading break when the pin is in that area.
Even though this is the second shortest par 4 on the course, it may be the most difficult hole of them all. Players must worry about out of bounds in the trees to the right and the road/ditch which are marked as a lateral hazard to the left. The fairway also slopes severely from right to left and can cause even well struck balls to careen into the hazard on the left. The ideal tee shot is a slight fade into the high side of the fairway carrying at least 170 yard off the tee.
The 345 yard dogleg left 4th hole is nearly as daunting as the 3rd. In fact if we had to pick an "Amen Corner" for Coudersport Golf Club, 3 thru 5 would be it. The tee shot is again protected by the road/hazard on the left and out-of-bounds to the right. An ideal tee shot is about 200 yards up the left center of the fairway. That should catch the slope and feed to the left toward the green. The downhill approach shot will play 1 to 2 clubs less than the yardage would indicate.
Hole 5 marks the end of this daunting stretch. The tee shot is fairly open with out-of-bounds up the right side again. An ideal tee shot is 230 to 240 yards up the right center of the fairway. From the tee long hitters can reach the hazard right of the green and half-shots are difficult to stop on this green, so it's prudent to lay back a little bit. The green is the most severely sloped on the course leaning from left to right.
The par 3 6th green is protected by a bunker in the front right. The putting surface is rather large, however a false front from the middle of the green to the left will cause most shots that hit the left side of the green to end up on the left fringe. It plays about 150 yards to the middle of the green and the ideal tee shot is just right of the pin. Once on the green, the bowl-shaped nature of the putting surface makes 3 putts quite common.
This hole was redesigned in 2012 and went from the shortest par 5 to the longest par 4 on the golf course. Most of the trees were removed from around the green to open up the second shot, but one pesky tree still remains to torment golfers on their second shot. Depending on your tee shot placement, a little air or ground shaping may be necessary to earn a birdie putt on this hole.
This hole is a 90 degree dogleg right. The landing area is downhill approximately 160 yards off the tee. From there you'll be left with about 100-130 yard shot through trees to the green. Navigating the trees from the landing area to the green is tight, so controlling your distance off the tee is key. A second option of going over the trees to the right is available. The green sits in line with the apple tree off the front right of the tee approximately 240 yards out.
Hole 9 is straight walk down broadway back to the clubhouse. This hole usually plays longer than 492 yards as it usually heads into the prevailing wind. The only area to avoid is the wild grass that grows on the hill to the right. Hitting your tee shot there will add a stroke or two to your front nine total.
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