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Ballston Spa Country Club

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Ballston Spa, The United States

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Hole 1 The 1st hole is all downhill and boasts one of the widest fairways on the course. Be sure to pick the right club for your approach, as this well-protected green is guarded by water in front and a bunker in back. Hole 2 The Par 3 2nd hole offers a generous green and a good chance to score if precise. However, an offline tee shot can lead to a certain bogey as the green is protected by a creek in front and a pond on the left. Hole 3 The 3rd hole is a dogleg left. Although a short par five, your approach shots will play longer because of the steady incline to the green. A short wedge should leave you a birdie opportunity. There are three bunkers, short, right and left of the green. Hole 4 The 4th hole is another dogleg left to an elevated green. Club selection is important off the tee to ensure you don't drive through the fairway. The green is sloped from back left to front right. Hole 5 The 5th hole is the hardest hole on the front nine, and second-most difficult on the course. A narrow drive, dogleg left, downhill to an open green. The creek lurking in front is well short and shouldn't come into play. Hole 6 The 6th hole is a great Par 3. Although guarded by a narrow opening of trees and a creek running along the left side, hitting this green in regulation might just reward you with a birdie. Hole 7 The 7th hole is fairly straight forward. A decent drive will leave you with a mid to short iron to an elevated green with a bunker on your left. Don't go long as OB stakes lie just a few paces off the back of the green. Hole 8 The 8th hole is another reachable par five. A carefully placed tee shot to a narrow landing area will set you up to a well-bunkered, but flat green. Hole 9 The 9th hole is a short Par 3 that is heavily protected by deep bunker int he front and on the sides and large mounds in the back. Club selection is essential. Hole 10 The 10th hole is the longest on the course. Fortunately, it's played all down hill. If you decide to go for this green in two make sure you hit it high to carry the creek that guards the entire front of the green. Hole 11 The short Par 4, 11th hole will tempt you to go for the green, but be careful, it is protected by a small pond on the right and a creek to the left. Hole 12 The 12th hole is a difficult dogleg right. After a solid drive to the left side of the fairway, you should have a mid to short iron over the creek to an elevated green. Hole 13 Your tee shot will dictate how well you score on this dogleg left 13th hole. If you do find the short-grass, you will be left a tough decision to go for the green. The trees and bunkers surrounding this sloped green should help make up your mind. Hole 14 The 14th hole is the most difficult on the course. This dogleg right needs a well-placed drive to set up a long approach to an elevated green that is sloped from back to front. Be happy with a Bogey. and proud of a Par. Hole 15 The 15th hole requires a long iron or fairway wood to carry a large gully leading up to the large, sloped green. Par is a good score here. Hole 16 The 16th hole is a straight one. A solid tee shot is needed to split this narrow fairway. You must plan the distance of your approach shot carefully to this elevated green. if you come up a little short you may roll off the false front. if you fly a little long you may end up in a hazard. Hole 17 The picturesque 17th is our signature hole. A short par three that plays all down hill and is guarded by a pond in front and to the right. The green is sloped from back to front. Hole 18 The 18th hole plays longer than its yardage because it's all uphill. Play a mid iron left to this narrow green, as a deep grass bunker short and right, makes for a tough up and down.

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