The first hole has a number of hazards that come into play off the tee box. On the right are white stakes running along Sunderman Road. On the left is the pitching practice area. From the white tee markers, it is about 180 yards straight away to the lake, but only 150 yards to the lake on the left side of the fairway. The right side of the fairway has a small lake and a creek about 160 yards from the tee. There is a gap just right of the lake that gives a good roll when the course is dry. A nice 3 wood will give you the distance you need to play the hole and should keep you in the fairway.
If you have hit safely on your first shot, the second shot will be easy. Push it right and it will still go out of bounds, and pull it left and you will end up on the 4 th tee box or in some large trees.
Finally, the green itself is large, but it is protected on two sides by bunkers. If the first two shots are controlled, the third shot should be an easy 100 to 120 straight shot to the green.
This hole is a very long par 4 that many members have thought should have been a par 5. From the tee box, the fairway looks pretty open, but there are many dangers along the way. If you hit right, there is an out of bounds fence that runs the length of the hole. In addition, the grass between the fairway and the out of bounds grows to about 1 foot high in the summer. If you pull the ball left, you could end up in the 3rd fairway and have to hit over some big trees to get to the 2nd green.
Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is also not the best thing to do. Drive to the left of the tree standing in the middle of the fairway. Any shot to the right of the fairway will be trouble. If it does not go out of bounds, it could end up in the taller grass behind one of the fur trees, blocking your second shot.
The second green is a two-tiered green, check the color of the flag and play to the appropriate tier. The front of the green is crowned, so a fast putt to the front of the green could cause you to roll off the green and down the front approach hill.
Hole number 3 gives you a beautiful panoramic view of the entire front 9 holes. Stop for a minute to enjoy the beautiful view across the valley floor, but do not let the view make you think this is an easy hole to play! The elevated tee box makes the tee shot spectacular, if you clear the trees on the hill. Hitting into the middle of the fairway will most likely leave you with a 165 – 180 yard approach shot. The shortcut to the hole here is to hit the ball along the edge of the trees on the left. In the summer a shot along the left rolls a long way. If the ball gets away from you to the right, it could end up in the trees or even in the lake on the 6th fairway. Real big hitters can run into trouble with the pond straight ahead, but this is a 300-yard shot.
This green slopes up to a flat top tier and is protected by two bunkers. The first bunker is on the left side approaching the hole and the second is behind the green. Too short left or too long will land you into the sand.
The fourth hole is a short par 3 across a lake. Because of the position of the lake, the entire front approach and the left side of the green is surrounded by water. The green is large and has two tiers. Bailing out to the right is the safe shot, but the large tree and the bunker that protects the right side might obstruct the second shot.
The green slopes down toward the front, so if you overshoot the flag, the return putt could run off the green and into the water.
The tee shot will require you to hit over the lake. Keeping the ball in the center of the fairway is very important on this hole. A shot that drifts right will put you behind trees that protect the approach, and a shot left could place you into tall grass.
The green is elevated and the second shot requires adding about 10 yards to your position so that you can reach the green. If your approach shot is short and hits the front of the green it could roll off and run 20 or 30 yards down a hill and make for a blind third shot.
The elevated tee box gives you another spectacular view of the front 9 holes. There are no tricks to this hole. Hit it straight down the middle and onto the green with the second shot. If you go right on your tee shot, you will be in tall grass and some pine-oak trees. The left side has a wide cart path, some real high grass and it is easy to hit the ball out of bounds.
The green has three bunkers surrounding it, one on both the left and right approach, and a third on the left behind the green. This green is large and mostly flat. The real problem with this green is the shape. It depends on the pin placement. Putting the ball could be difficult. The backside of the green is crowned and if the ball is hit to hard it will slide off.
When hitting from the blue or black tees, this is a long dog leg right, or an exciting shot up over the trees in front of the tee box. If you take the short cut over the trees, you must keep to the left side of the trees or you could land in tall grass. The safe shot is down the fairway and leaving a long second shot to the green. The green is another elevated green, that requires adding 10 – 15 yards to your second shot.
The green slopes to the front and has a hill cutting across the middle of it. The front edge is crowned and makes for some difficult stopping in the summer. A hard putt could end up rolling back down the hill into the fairway.
This is one of the two new holes at Springfield Country Club, and it is ranked as the number 1 most difficult hole. The hole is a long par 5 that winds through tight fairways and over wetlands to the green. A tee shot right is out of bounds, and a shot left while still in bounds, is very difficult to recover from.
Once you have had a successful tee shot, your second shot is a lay up to an approach deck that is about 150 yards from an elevated green. A shot too far is in the wetlands, and will cost you a stroke. The third shot is to an elevated green, and will require adding 10 yards to your club selection.
The green has two bunkers protecting it, one on the left protects the approach and one on the right behind the green. The approach bunker is very deep and requires a lot of skill to get out of. The green itself is crowned in the front, and provides an opportunity for the ball to run off into the bunker or on to the short grass.
Once again we find yourself high on a hill looking out at the golf course below. This hole is a hard dogleg right, that is protected by tall trees and tall grass. Longer hitters can choose to take it over the trees to the right, leaving themselves with a wedge into the green. If you misjudge the distance you will end up with a difficult second shot, or out of bounds. Hitting the ball straight down the fairway also has a share of hazards. Running along the left side of the fairway and across the middle is a small creek that can give you headaches.
If your tee shot is successful, your troubles are not over. The green is protected by a 60-foot pine tree on the right and a bunker behind the green on the left. The green itself is large, but fast, and slopes toward the back. If the ball is not hit well it will run off and require another stroke before putting.
The 10th hole is a short par 3 that is basically a straight shot. Choose your club carefully, because a shot to the right will place you out of bounds and in tall grass, and a shot left will put your ball into the river. In addition, the green is tight to the riverbank and a small section of woods, so if you hit the ball too far, it is lost.
The green, like many of the greens at Springfield, is crowned and can cause the ball to run off if you are not careful with your putt. Go straight for the pin. Losing it to the right is better than into the river on the left.
The eleventh hole is a long, straight par 5. This is one of the tight fairways on the back nine. The key to playing this hole is to just hit the ball straight. A hook off the tee will put your ball into tall trees and most likely out of bounds. If you do hit it straight, a 45 foot tall oak tree stands guard of the left side of the fairway about 200 yards from the tee box, and like a green giant, it will knock you ball out of the air if it is to far left.
If the ball is hit to the right, there is space between the fairway and the river, but landing there makes for a difficult second shot. On the right side of the fairway, at about 150 yards from the tee box, is guarded by a 60-foot tall fir tree. Like the oak, this tree is hard to clear and makes for many difficult second shots.
Once the tee shot is successful, the remainder of the approach is wide, flat fairway. The green is large and slopes to the right and backward. It has a large deep bunker protecting the left side that makes for difficult sand shots.
This hole is a long par 4 dog-leg right. On the left is Marcola road, which is out of bounds. The road is protected by pine trees that might knock down a ball hit left, leaving you with a long difficult shot to the green. On the right is a line of tall pine trees that divide the 12th and 13th fairway. Since the hole is a dog-leg right, keeping the ball to the left center of the fairway provides the best approach to the green.
The green itself slopes forward toward the fairway. There are bunkers to the right, the left, and behind this green, so make your approach shot carefully.
This hole is a fairly easy hole to play. The fairway is lined with tall fir trees on both sides. There is a fairway bunker on the right at about 200 yards that can be difficult to get out of. If the ball is hit right you can land in the 12th fairway and have a difficult time getting back into play. The same can be said for hitting the ball left. If this happens you will be in the 14th fairway, and also have a difficult time getting back.
The fairway opens up on the right side, so a little fade to the right won't hurt you here.
The green is shallow, but wide, and plays a little longer than it looks because of a shallow valley in front of the green. The green is two tiered and slopes down toward the right, which is another good reason to approach from the right side of the fairway.
The 14th hole has a short dog-leg left at the end of the fairway. The right side of this fairway is protected by tall grass, and the left side is protected by tall trees. A 200-yard drive is ideal. Further than that, and you're likely to get a down-hill or side-hill lie. Hitting the ball to the right center of the fairway is the safe shot, as it gives you a clear shot at the green.
Hitting the ball to far right can put you under trees that are difficult to recover from. Large oak trees protect the approach from the left side of the fairway. Although you can hit over them, it makes landing and staying on the green difficult.
The green itself is large, but slopes toward the fairway.
The 15th hole is a tricky par 3. With the river on the left, it seems to lure the ball into it's waters. The tee box is a two tiered tee box and gives the player the sense that you are hitting down onto the green. Between the tee box and the green is a recessed area that is full of brush and tall grass.
There is a large oak tree on the left side of the green that can put a shot hit to the left on the green, into the tall grass or into the water. Keep clear of the oak tree.
Hitting right is the safe shot. The green is large and for the most part flat. The ball can run off the front, as it slopes to the fairway.
This is a short par 4. The right side of this fairway is protected by fir trees and tall grass, hitting into this will make par difficult. There is a large oak tree on the left side of the fairway about 150 yards out. Hitting this tree will make the approach to the green difficult.
The green is kidney shaped and is protected on the left by a large bunker. The green is crowned on three sides and the ball rolls off it easily. In addition, the green is harder than most of the greens and a hard shot will not sit and stay like on the other greens.
This par 3 has three different tee boxes. In all cases, you will be hitting the ball across the river to the green. Once the river is cleared, the area is wide opened.
The left side of the approach has some tall grass and some tall trees. When hitting from the woman's tee, or the white tee, a maple tree will be in play on the right side of the approach. The green is sloped toward the approach and is crowned.
There is one bunker, but it is behind the green and does not come into play unless you over-hit the green.
This is a long par 5. From the men's tee box, the tee shot can be tricky. The left side of the fairway is protected by tall oak trees. The right side of the fairway, although it seems open, is not. Because of the trees on the left many people over correct and hit into the trees further down on the right.
Once you are past the trees, the fairway is open as you approach the green. Along the left are a series of fence pillars that mark out of bounds. Along the right, the grass gets tall later in the year and makes a second shot from there difficult.
The green is a two-tiered green that slopes toward the fairway. On the right side is a deep bunker that is a difficult shot out.