The 9th hole requires a long drive favouring the right side of the fairway in order to gain a relatively level lie for the approach to the green. Even ideally placed, the second shot requires precise club selection and, depending on wind direction and pin position, no small amount of courage in carrying the pond.
The putting surface – the largest on the course at nearly 14,000 square feet – is divided into numerous pin positions by a series of small, almost imperceptible mounds and by ‘noses’ that extend onto the green from the right side. Along the pond, falloffs and a deep swale add to the challenge of a back left pin position. Whether putting or chipping, these features can make for some very long and complex rolls.