A good starting hole with a definite Donald Ross design feature (fade the first shot, draw the second), the highest mound through the fairway is a good aiming point. Select a club off the tee that will leave you a second shot of approximately 150 yards. Be aware of the hole location and the two pot bunkers at the rear of this green. An opening score of par here will be a very good start to your round.
This is the first of four intriguing par three holes on Eagle Eye Golf Club. Proper club selection and accuracy will reward the player with an opportunity for birdie on this small, level putting surface.
This is a traditional Scottish design based on the fact that golf is not always fair. This hole can be played in one of two ways off the tee, play a shot that hugs the water on the right side of the fairway and leave yourself about 110 yards to the green. You will be rewarded with a partial view of the green as you play your wedge over the bunker-laden mound. Or the safer tee shot over the left fairway bunker with a longer club leaves the player a shot that is completely blind. Trust the yardage, because the water hazard is two steps from the edge of the green. However, the green tilts toward the fairway and is designed to hold the short iron shot that will be played into it.
Eagle Eye has four wonderful par fives. This may be the most challenging of the lot. The hole plays nearly six hundred yards into the prevailing wind. Aim at the middle of the four bunkers on the right and hit a solid shot, followed by another good one. Leave yourself 100-120 yards from the green for your third, this will take the water out of play on your lay up. A good third shot to this large green will yield a par or an occasional birdie on this very strong par five.
A hole designed to capture your attention. Water is in play from any tee location. Fifteen pot bunkers frame the rear and right side of this long and narrow green. Accuracy and awareness of wind speed and direction are needed to obtain a par on this hole. It will be a great score.
A robust fade from the tee will take yards off this hole and can produce an easy wedge shot to the two-tiered green. Three sizeable bunkers jealously guard the green, short right and left, but well-struck shots will generate a birdie at this hole.
GREEN DEPTH: 50
The aiming point off the tee is the pot bunker in the distance, far left of the green. Leave yourself 135 yards for your second shot to avoid the hazard which crosses the fairway. There are two interesting bunkers that guard the front portion of this green, demanding a high, soft approach shot.
A breather at last. With a solid tee shot and a good approach this hole provides a very good chance for birdie.
Do not let the beauty of this hole distract you from the task at hand. Using the right side of the fairway, it takes three shots to reach the green. Bringing the water into play along the left side may allow the chance of reaching the green in two. However, the water again awaits any shot that is not perfectly struck. The mounds in the fairway are 285 yards to the center of the green (measured from the edge closest to the tee). A safe lay up towards the twin bunkers on the right hillside will leave 80 to 100 yards to the putting surface. Be aware of the two hidden bunkers short and right that protect this relatively level putting surface.
A generous landing area invites you to bust a tee shot. The water hazard bites into the left side of the green complex. Two bunkers deep left and right await aggressive shots to any rear hole locations. This green has three distinct zones, separated by a swale running from middle left, to the center of the green.
The fairway is defined by a series of large bunkers on the left. Aim at the large bunker in the right rough and draw the ball slightly. You will be left with a middle to long iron into a large green that meanders between two deep bunkers.
Chris Lutzke likes to present a par three hole that has a four club green. With the prevailing wind and the size of this putting surface, number twelve may be all of that and more. Notice the Donald Ross and Pete Dye influence with the beautiful rolling areas in front of and behind the green. This design invites the creative golfer to take putter in hand from well off the green and save par the old-fashioned way. The large bunker on the left is visually stimulating and also home to three menacing pot bunkers that protect the championship hole location at the left rear of the green. Two more pot bunkers await errant shots to the right. The putting surface rolls and twists, and par will always be a welcome score.
The design of this hole calls for power and the ability to move both the first and second shot from left to right. Use the fairway bunker on the left as your target and turn the tee shot back to the fairway. Your second, probably from 200 yards or more, must avoid bunkers, railroad ties, and worse. The green is larger than it appears from the fairway. Give it your best. Take time to view the sculpted mounds left of the green. In early morning or late evening light they help to put a gentler face on this beast.
A much-needed breather after the last two holes and before the next four, this reachable par five gives us a glimpse into the designer’s psyche. A deep pot bunker situated at the right front entrance to the green demands that the player’s tee shot hug the water hazard to have a reasonable opportunity to reach the green in two. Furthermore, the putting surface is inverted slightly and run up shots will tend to roll off into menacing collection areas. Many players will opt to play the hole in three shots. If you do, keep your approach just short of the hole. Smart play will be rewarded with birdies and pars. Bold play will yield both eagles and bogeys.
This is the start of the four most challenging finishing holes anywhere in the Midwest. A left to right tee shot will flirt with the water, but eliminates a play over the gaping pot bunker guarding the green. A short iron (leave yourself about 120 yards as you will need to spin this shot) into this small, elevated, and crowned green calls for excellent distance control. Any shot missing the green will run off, leaving the player a wide range of options in an attempt to save par.
Again, the Donald Ross design technique calling for a draw off the tee and a fade into the green is your best strategy on this hole. The tee shot needs to hug the left third of the fairway to avoid the sentinel silver maple tree which will intimidate shots played from right of center. A wonderful railroad tie formed bunker hugs the green and frames the hazard, which encircles this very challenging putting surface. The safe play to the left of the green will require an excellent chip shot with a testy putt for par.
A hole that you will love to hate. Judge the wind well, hit a solid shot the correct distance, then negotiate this devilish putting surface. If you are successful, you will make a score that surely will highlight your round.
A final beautiful view to finish your day at Eagle Eye. However, there is still work to be done. If your tee shot does not allow you to reach the green in two, lay up to 110 yards to avoid the trademark Lutzke grass bunker which guards the entire right side of this large undulating green. The stadium view of this green from across the lake or from the stately clubhouse will allow spectators to witness incredibly tough attempts to get the ball up and in. Do yourself a favor, the safe play is left and short of any hole location. Make par here and a cold beverage of your choice awaits you, probably compliments of your playing partners.