The ideal tee shot is to the left-center of the fairway. From here, a second shot at the center of the green will avoid the bunkers that guard the left and right front of the green. Note the pin position before hitting your second shot, as this is a long green and front or rear pins require careful club selection.
Broad bunkers frame the right side of the fairway, requiring a tee shot to the left-center. A short iron approach shot to an undulating green will leave most players with an interesting and challenging putt for birdie.
Playing over a large lake that frames the hole on the front, left and back sides, an accurate tee shot is mandatory. This large, two-tiered green, protected on the right by two pot bunkers yields birdies only to the bravest of players.
A slight fade off the tee provides the best angle for your second shot. When teeing off, use the two small trees on the top right of the hill as a target. Longer hitters can reach this green in two, but a well-placed pot bunker in front of the green and a steep slope just off the back edge can be costly if you miss.
This straight-ahead par 5 offers a tremendous birdie opportunity midway through this nine. Water protects the drive on the right and a large bunker in the right front of the green challenges shots that come up short. This very wide, shallow green requires careful club selection on your approach.
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.
This robust par three is best played to the center of a large green protected by a broad and deep water hazard in front and to the right. Note the wind direction on this hole before setting up for your tee shots.
Water will challenge longer hitters with a tee shot to the right. This hole is probably best played with a lay-up shot to the 150 yard marker and a full shot into a wide, undulating green protected by a grass bunker in front and framed by staturesque trees.
This challenging par four requires a booming drive to clear the lake that protects the left two-thirds of the fairway. Shorter hitters can opt for a shot up the narrow right side, but will compromise their angle into this very deep, elevated green with bunkers protecting front right and left. Number nine yields few birdies and stands as one of the most challenging holes at Hawk Hollow.
A long iron or fairway wood just short of the lake that cuts across the fairway will leave the player a short iron approach.
This massive green slopes from left to right and is protected by large bunkers short right. Number 10 does, however, yield its share of birdies.
The fairway on this dog-leg left has mounds, dense undergrowth, and trees that pinch off the landing area. A lay-up just short of the mounds leaves a mid- to short-iron approach to a green protected on the right and rear by water. The front of the green is open, allowing for run-up shots to the pin.
Only the brave challenge the pin on this devilish par three over a hungry lake. An undulating 3,000 square foot green awaits their arrival. Even the best players are happy with two putts and a par on this one.
This brilliant dog-leg right provides the ultimate risk reward for big hitters. With a creek guarding the landing area at about 300 yards out, this hole requires a well-struck long iron or fairway wood to get home in two. A lake down the right side challenges second shots and sometimes third shots, but birdie is always a possibility here.
A deep lake frames the tee on this straight-forward par-four. Beware the out-of-bounds stakes on the left and a cavernous trap in the front left of the green. A huge oak guards the right front of the green, and when the pin is tucked on that side, only a tee ball on the left side of the fairway will give you a shot straight at the pin.
Number 15 requires a robust tee shot to a fairway protected on the left by trees and heavy undergrowth, and on the right by mature trees. A lake, which guards the right side of the fairway, challenges second shots and makes getting home in two a high-risk proposition.
One of the most scenic holes on the course, number 16 is a great risk/reward hole. Bite off as much fairway to the right as you can chew, but beware of the lake that runs from just off the tee box to just short of the green. A 100′ tall oak guards any shot that hugs the right edge, so play to the left side off the tee if you’re looking for a birdie.
Hole 17 is a long par-three guarded by Hawk Lake from tee to green along the right side and behind the green. Shots to the left catch deep bunkers and make for a dicey sand shot to a green that slopes to the water. Grit your teeth and go for it.
This may be the best finishing hole in the state of Michigan. This dog-leg par-four offers a generous landing area guarded by two bunkers on the left, but with a slope that feeds to the water on the right. The second shot over Hawk Lake to an enormous, two-tiered green requires steely determination. The audience along the clubhouse deck will cheer the best of shots and jeer the worst. Good luck.
This challenging, short par-four requires a careful shot to a decidedly two-tiered green. Choosing the correct level with your short iron can make the difference between birdie and bogey.
With a two-tiered fairway and water that protects the entire right side of the hole, number 20 requires an accurate drive and carefully placed second shot to give yourself a chance at birdie. This long, elevated green is well-protected by deep bunkers on the left and right, and penalizes errant shots with steep slopes on all sides.
Steel your nerves for number 21. With out-of-bounds left and a long, steep, embankment to water on the right, choose a club wisely to land in the center of the fairway. A large, relatively flat green sits perched 40′ above a lake. Anything right is dead and anything left will roll off the slope of the elevated green out-of-bounds. This hole is a tough par.
22 gives you a break from the water with a straightforward par three that you can reach with a short iron. The green is tricky, however, so be careful to leave your ball below the hole.
Now that you’ve had your breather, you’re ready for the island fairway that characterizes this modest, but intimidating par four. This sloping green will receive shots well, and two well-struck shots here can result in a birdie.
24 is another great risk/reward hole. With a peninsula fairway reaching to within 100 yards of the hole, the farther you stretch your drive, the shorter your second shot. The elevated green leaves a blind second shot, so aim for the center and two-putt from there.
This medium-length par four should be played down the left side, but be careful to avoid the valley of death that protects the left-side landing area. Two large bunkers protect the front, right and left of an undulating green, where two putts is a challenge.
This lovely par-three is just a short-iron over a yawning lake to an elevated, two-tier green. If you land on the correct tier, it’s an easy par. From the wrong tier, it’s almost a guaranteed bogey.
This would probably be a fairly simple short par four, if it weren’t for the two enormous trees guarding the right side of the fairway and the massive bunkers down the left side. You don’t want to be long on your second shot, as this deceptively difficult green is hard to hold coming from behind. Birdie is always a possibility, which can make any match interesting coming into this closing hole.