Hole # 1
The first hole is a challenging par 4 ranking second hardest on the front nine. The tee shot requires accuracy as there are bunkers right of the fairway that should be avoided at all costs. However, the woods bordering the left side of the fairway is even more penalizing. A good tee shot will leave the average player between 150 and 200 yards to the well-bunkered, deep green. Longer hitters will have a tricky down-hill wedge into this undulating green with multiple plateaus.
Hole # 2
The second hole is a reachable par 5 for the long hitters but it is not without its pitfalls. If you are lucky enough to avoid the bunkers guarding both sides of the fairway on the tee shot, you still have to negotiate the 4 huge bunkers that guard the green. An errant shot into one of these bunkers can leave you with an awkward long bunker shot. But don’t go long on the approach, as over-shooting this green by even 3-4 yards can mean a lost ball. Like the previous hole, this is a challenging, undulating green.
Hole # 3
Hole #3 is a slight dogleg to the right par 4. A well-placed tee shot in the left-center of the fairway is best. A tee shot lost to the right will result in a blocked second shot. An average tee shot will leave most golfers in the 150 to 175 yard range to the long slender green. For long-hitters, this hole is an excellent scoring opportunity.
Hole # 4
The par 4 4th is a picturesque hole that can be birdied, but in some cases trip a player up. While golfers are given generous room off the tee, a miss could mean a severe penalty. There is a forced carry off the tee over an environmentally protected area and a hazard to the right. A good tee shot sets a player up to make a good score. The 4th green is a large two-tiered green with a huge bunker that catches most shots headed right of the green. It’s important to hit your approach shot the correct distance so that you’re on the same plateau as the flagstick.
Hole # 5
The first par 3 on this course is tough. The length of the hole can vary between 150 and 200 yards depending on the tee. Intimidation is a factor due to the fact that there is a forced carry of an environmental area that stops only about 10 yards short of the front edge of the green. There are two distinct putting levels with a steep shelf. An accurate player may make a birdie on this hole, but a poor tee shot could mean a high score.
Hole # 6
The 6th is a very short par 4 that requires accuracy both off the tee and in your short iron approach. Hitting the fairway with your tee shot is key so you can control your second shot. Driver may not be the best play for most players on this hole, as there are 2 big fairway bunkers to the right-center that must be avoided. These traps are in the landing area for the average player. Dialed in wedge-play is key on this approach. The green is split into 3 distinct putting levels, and is one of the trickiest green on ths course. It is crucial that you get your ball on the correct level so you have a reasonable opportunity to 1 or 2 putt this treacherous green.
Hole # 7
Hole #7 is a short hole that has a high degree of visual intimidation for the tee shot of the average player. The tee shot must carry a large canyon (about 175 yards) that is an environmental area. A slight draw is the ideal shot shape on this tee box, and most players will have no more than a short wedge shot or short iron into this green. As is the patter at Timbers, getting the ball onto the correct plateau of the green is crucial.
Hole # 8
The 8th is a difficult par 3 that ranges from about 144 to 202 yards. This green is well bunkered with 1 large bunker on each side of the green. The safe play on this hole is to play for the front or center of the green, regardless of pin location. A more aggressive player may attempt to play deep into this green when there is a back pin location. But go over this green at your peril, as there is a steep drop to the rear of the green that will likely mean a lost ball. A birdie on this hole is one of the most impressive on the course.
Hole # 9
The ninth hole is a par 5 that ranks hardest on the course, but may provide a birdie or even eagle opportunity for long hitters. This begins a stretch of holes (9 thru 12, known locally as “Timbers Amen Corner) that are the heart of the golf course. If you play these holes well then you have a made it through the most difficult part of the course. This narrow fairway is surrounded by out of bounds on all sides, bunkers to the right, and unforgiving mounds that lead to a lateral hazard on the left. Long hitters may be able to reach the woods at the end of the first fairway, so driver may not be the best play. If you negotiate the tee shot you still have plenty of challenge ahead. The fairway that you are hitting your next shot to is separated by rough and is elevated by about 20 feet. On your second shot you still have to negotiate a steep drop off to the left of the fairway that leads to a lateral hazard. A third shot for shorter hitters will be a 100-150 yard iron/wedge through a windy corridor of the course to a large green. This green is long, narrow, and slopes from front to back.