Hole #1: A great way to start the round. A drive straight away will leave a mid iron to a relatively flat green. Coming up short leaves a very difficult pitch, so taking one extra club is always a great idea on this hole.
Hole #2: A straight-forward par 3 giving you a great opportunity to put a 3 on the scorecard. Aim for the middle of green and walk away with a great start to your round.
Hole #3: Avoid the bunker on the right and this short hole gives you a great opportunity to score well. A mid to short iron approach will be left after a good drive. The green slopes from back to front and left to right, so be careful above the hole.
Hole #4: A blind tee shot awaits you from the 4th tee box. Aim for the black/white post in the middle of the fairway and you will have plenty of room to miss left or right. A downhill second shot remains to a large green. Four is a great score here.
Hole #5: A signature par 3 here at Larkin. The golf course really starts to take shape as this extremely downhill par 3 awaits. Be sure to pay attention to wind direction as the ball will stay in the air for long, the wind will have ample time to take hold of any shot. Stay clear of the bunkers on the left and be very proud of a par here.
Hole #6: A tough par 5 that begins with a drive aimed at the far right bunker straight ahead. A long iron or fairway wood lay up will leave you with a very short shot for your approach shot. This green has very subtle ridges that makes putting very difficult.
Hole #7: One of the hardest holes here at Larkin. Sacrifice length for accuracy off the tee and leave yourself with a mid iron to a long, narrow green that has a severe slope in the middle.
Hole #8: A great downhill par 5 that requires three good shots. A straight away tee shot and a long iron lay up aimed at the bunker on the right will leave you with a very short approach shot. Stay clear of the water hazard up the left hand side and good score can be made here.
Hole #9: Another tough par 4. A long drive will leave a mid to long iron approach to a very well guarded green. A tree guards the right hand portion of this green while a very deep bunker guards the left. The miss here is long and left to avoid all the trouble.
Hole #10: A tough hole that begins with a tee shot that requires great distance control. Laying up short of the water will leave you with a downhill mid to long iron over water. A green that slopes from back to front leaves a few very slippery putts. Make a four here and move on to the next tee quickly.
Hole #11: A long, uphill par 5 that requires three very long, accurate shots. Your approach shot will be uphill and requires at least one extra club.
Hole #12: A longer par 3 that is very straight-forward. With no real trouble to speak of, picking the right club is essential. A fairly flat green that breaks slightly from left to right greets the golfers and should be a great opportunity to make 3.
Hole #13: A drive that crosses the creek will leave you with a short iron into another large green. There is plenty of room to bail out all along the left hand side of this green, so the large pond on the right should not come into play. Take advantage of this birdie opportunity.
Hole #14: A long par 4 that is guarded on both sides by water. A pond guards the left hand side of this hole while a creek runs up the right hand side. A long, straight drive will leave you with a mid to long iron to a small green.
Hole #15: A great little par 4 that doglegs to the right. Off the tee, aim for the third bunker on the right. This will leave you with a short iron to a well protected green.
Hole #16: A very scenic, short par 3 that offers a great chance to make a good score. The wind is rarely felt back here amongst the trees, but be aware as above the trees the wind will affect all shots and cause a big score to come out of nowhere. Take advantage of this little gem.
Hole #17: The definition of a “Risk-Reward” hole. This shorter par 5 offers a great chance to go for the green in two if you are fearless in taking on the large pond. Otherwise, a short iron layup will lead to an even shorter approach shot to a well protected green. A sure-fire birdie opportunity.
Hole #18: A great finishing hole that requires two excellent shots to find yourself putting for birdie. A well guarded fairway is tough to hit but doing so will leave you with a mid iron to a well protected green that sits down amongst a few bunkers. Four is a great score and a great ending to a well played round of golf.