Hole 1 - Par 5
The first is a par 5 that should get your golf round started on the right track. A dogleg left off the tee and the tee shot should avoid the trees right as out of bounds is very close. Length is not a huge concern but for some really long hitters as this is more times than not a three shot par 5. Water next to the green that protects the right side is your main concern on approach as anything to the left is still very playable. The kidney shaped green is divided into an upper and lower half and if your approach is on the correct level it will be a fairly straight putt. This is a great opportunity to start the day off with a birdie.
Hole 2 - Par 4
Hole two is a great par 4 and can be a birdie opportunity. Players must avoid the water hazard that runs from the tee all the way down the right side to the landing zone and keep an eye out for a bunker that guards the left side of the fairway. From there players are faced with a mid to short iron approach to a smallish green that has a gentle slope from back to front. Make sure to avoid the green side bunker left as this will make a par attempt much more difficult.
Hole 3 - Par 4
Hole three is another birdie opportunity on a relatively short hole. Avoid the bunker on the right side of the fairway at the landing zone and you are in position for a short approach to a pretty small green. There is some subtle movement on this putting surface so make sure to double check that break. The short iron approach needs to avoid the front bunkers and the result will be a very makeable birdie putt.
Hole 4 - Par 4
The fourth hole can be a great hole to grab a birdie. A player must avoid the bunker on the right side of this dogleg right teaser which will leave a player a short iron to a green that is guarded by a bunker on the right. The putting surface is relatively flat and any approach finding the putting surface will have a great look at a birdie three.
Hole 5 - Par 3
This par three can be tricky and be aware of the wind conditions at the tee. Although not extremely long this par three has a large bunker that runs the entire right side of the green and some hole locations that are hard to get to in the back portion of the green. The tee shot must be accurate as the only bailout approaching this green is short. If a tee shot finds the putting surface a player is faced with a pretty gentle slope cutting the green into an upper and lower tier but all in all not a bad birdie putt.
Hole 6 - Par 5
The second par 5 on the course is a great opportunity for a birdie and two great shots could put a player in position for an eagle. The drive must be taken right to left and avoid the bunker that is straight away on the right side of this dogleg left in order for a player to have a go at this green in two. If a player chooses to lay up then it will be a short wedge to a very small green with a back left upper tier that is difficult to access. If a player has a go at this green in two there are two bunkers that guard the left and right sides of this skinny green and neither is a bargain for a run-of-the-mill par save.
Hole 7 - Par 3
Attack! This is the easiest par three on the course and your best chance for a birdie on the last three holes. A medium iron tee shot to a green that is there for the taking and does have some movement but should be negotiable. There are two bunkers, one left and one long but with a short tee shot should not be in play. Dial in on the flag stick and go after this one as this is a great opportunity for a birdie.
Hole 8 - Par 4
The ideal tee shot is right of the tree on the left side of the fairway to set up a short iron approach to a green that can sneak up on you. Approaching your tee shot you will have the green to come into view around the tree and notice the water hazard on the left that guards the front left portion of the green. Also, there are two bunkers that protect the right side of this multi-tier green that if you want to make a birdie you must avoid. This green slopes back to front and has quite a bit of movement if you find yourself above the hole. Birdie is a possibility but par is a really good score.
Hole 9 - Par 4
The end of the front 9 at the Woodlands presents a player with a choice. Cut off some distance for a wedge into the green or play it safe to the right of the tree in the middle of the dogleg. Both instances represent some trouble and a player needs to be comfortable with the decision. Playing safe to the right a player has water left and the tree in the middle of the dogleg where the tee shot must go past or risk having no shot at the green for an approach. This shot needs only a fairway wood or long iron to get into position. The player that wants to gamble will take driver left of that tree and over the pond to a portion of the fairway that leaves an approach of a short wedge. However, keep in mind that a tee shot that goes long of the landing zone will reach the far water hazard so your tee shot must be on the money. If the tee shot finds land it is a short wedge to a green fronted by two bunkers but the putting surface does not have too much movement. Your tee shot is everything on this hole…play it wisely and good luck.
Hole 10 - Par 5
The tenth hole is a par 5 and can be a great opportunity for a birdie. A slight dogleg left with a water hazard on the right. If your drive finds the fairway you will have a choice to draw a fairway wood around the trees to an uphill green which is fronted by a bunker. If you can get your second shot somewhere around the green you should have a good opportunity for an up and down birdie and if you hit the green, which slopes gently from back to front, you could find yourself with a makeable eagle putt. The back 9 is off to a great start.
Hole 11 - Par 4
The eleventh hole is clearly the toughest par 4 on the back 9. A slight dogleg right with a bunker on the left of the dogleg and trees and out of bounds to the right will leave you a difficult drive. Select your tee shot carefully as you might not need a driver and a fairway wood can put you in a position to approach this uphill green. With a tee shot in play you will leave yourself a mid to short iron approach to a green with bunkers right and left and is somewhat flat. A putting surface that is somewhat flat so if you are on in regulation you will have a good birdie opportunity.
Hole 12 - Par 3
The twelfth hole is the first par three on the back 9 and can be a birdie opportunity. Not being extremely long this par three still poses a challenge for your tee shot. Two bunkers guard the entrance to this green and will make any up and down for par a tough test. If you do place your tee shot on this green you will have a putt that has some real movement. The green slopes from left to right and you really want that tee shot to be right of the hole location for a nice uphill birdie try.
Hole 13 - Par 4
The thirteenth hole is one of those sneaky holes that will grab you if you're not on your game. The hole is not long so choose your club off the tee wisely and avoid the bunkers that guard the landing zone. If you are successful in finding the fairway with your tee shot, your approach should be a short iron to a green that is relatively flat. Although there are two bunkers around the green your real challenge comes in your club selection on your approach to this green surface. The green is slightly uphill and you can't see the back portion of the green and any shot long will be a tough up and down.
Hole 14 - Par 4
The fourteenth hole poses a sneaky test for a player's game. Although it is not a long hole, you must give it some focus or you will certainly make a bogey. Pay special attention to the fairway bunker that guards the left side of the fairway as this bunker will make life difficult. With your tee shot safely in the fairway you will be faced with a short but challenging approach to this downhill green that is not very deep in depth and slopes from back to front. The green is also fronted on the left and right by bunkers that will make your attempt at par a difficult one. If you find the green with your approach you will have a slight breaking birdie opportunity that should not pose too big a challenge.
Hole 15 - Par 5
The fifteenth is the second par five on the back 9 and like the other par 5's is a great one. A bit of risk/reward off the tee will make you choose to go over the bunker at the dogleg or to play safe out to the right. Play it safe and it is a three shot par five versus the risk of your tee shot going over the bunker and cutting the yardage down to a long iron for your second shot approach to this green. A player must avoid the waste bunker on the right side which is about 70 yards from the green as this will make your birdie effort extremely difficult. The green is quite flat and relatively easy to put with a small elevation change in the middle of the green. A couple of good shots will result in a great birdie and possibly eagle opportunity.
Hole 16 - Par 4
The sixteenth hole represents a good opportunity to make a birdie before ending the first nine holes with two difficult ones in holes eight and nine. A driver or fairway wood off the tee and left of the fairway bunker to a downhill landing zone will leave a player with a short iron to a relatively small and somewhat flat putting surface. Avoid the deep bunker that sits front right and you should walk away with a great birdie attempt and easy par.
Hole 17 - Par 3
Without question one of the best par 3's on property will test a players game. The tee shot is the key on the seventeenth hole as water surrounds the small putting surface and a bunker guards the front left entrance. If there is a "bailout" area it is definitely the front right which will leave a player a straight forward up and down for par. If you hit the green with your tee shot you will find a green that has some subtle break so double check that read. Par is a great score on number seventeen.
Hole 18 - Par 4
The finish does not get any easier with hole eighteen. A tough tee shot faces the player on the tee with a water hazard down the right side and a bunker on the left side of the fairway that shrinks the landing zone. Taking a fairway wood off the tee will take most of the trouble out of play but will leave you with a long approach to this green that is flanked by bunkers right and left. There is some gentle slope on this green but when you find the putting surface there is a pretty straight forward putt. Par is a really good score to finish off your day at the Woodlands Golf Course.