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Course Layout

shadow hawk golf course layout

Clear planning is suggested on the par 5 first hole guarded by water the entire left side from tee to green. The word “mulligan” or a similar term could have could have originated on this tee if it hadn’t already been coined. After the short par four second with water on the right and a menacing short iron approach, the course continues to challenge through the first five holes followed by a ten hole stretch from hole 6 through 15 that offers scoring opportunities with the exception of hole 10 where the water from tee to green on the left side of this par four makes for another “grip tightener” to begin the back nine. In this middle stretch, hole 7 is a postcard par 3 with arguably the most complicated green on the course. In 2002 the par three 7th was the scene of an ace by member James A. Baker III, the former Secretary of State, and witnessed by playing partner and fellow member former President George H.W. Bush, the first hole-in-one by Mr. Baker and the first one witnessed by Mr. Bush. Shadow Hawk’s course design offers a very interesting three-hole finish that ends with a risk-reward par five where anything can happen and often does. Tom Kite successfully navigated the eighteenth with a par in June of 2004 to secure a sectional qualifying position on the way to his 30th consecutive United States Open Championship.

In total this Rees Jones layout holds to the themes of a number of highly regarded old style courses: clarity of target, subtle challenges, artistic bunkering, variety in shape and length of holes, ample fairways with smallish greens, in a very natural setting. Because of Mr. Jones work, Shadow Hawk was recognized in 2000, its first full year of operation, by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the top ten best new private courses in America.

 

Scorecard

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT
Hawk 560 348 488 225 441 371 170 459 565 3627
Blue 527 327 455 210 407 352 149 425 546 3398
Silver 521 327 426 183 383 334 130 399 527 3230
White 498 316 403 162 363 334 108 367 489 3040
Bronze 448 316 362 162 307 334 108 327 438 2802
Gold 448 292 362 130 307 288 90 327 438 2682
Par 51 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 36
Handicap 7 11 1 17 5 13 15 3 9  
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN Total
Hawk 429 216 425 369 562 410 460 169 540 3580 7207
Blue 412 195 403 354 546 388 437 148 522 3405 6803
Silver 388 177 372 341 528 369 413 148 506 3242 6472
White 373 154 356 312 497 351 380 130 480 3033 6073
Bronze 290 154 356 312 445 286 332 130 437 2742 5544
Gold 290 106 244 264 445 286 332 96 437 2500 5182
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap 6 16 10 14 4 12 2 18 8    
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