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Golf Course Hole by Hole Description
de Anza Country Club has seven sets of tees. Ranging from 5557 yards to 6778 yards, this easily walkable course is enjoyable for all handicaps.
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Hole #1 | Par 4
As you step to the first tee you see the tree lined hole with a backdrop of the San Ysidro Mountains enclosing the course in a semi-circle. This mild looking par 4 is closely guarded by two bunkers making the approach to the green very narrow. Hitting to the green from the right side of the fairway over the bunker with a small mound between the bunker and the green makes for a challenging shot.
Hole #2 | Par 4
This is the signature hole for the course. Facing the San Ysidro Mountains the green is framed with numerous Washingtonian Palms. The large green is tricky with subtle breaks and it is best to be below the hole.
Hole #3 | Par 3
A challenging hole over the water and guarded by a front bunker carrying the green is an accomplishment. For those less likely to accept this challenge there is a bail out area short and to the right of the green.
Hole #4 | Par 4
A slight dogleg right with palms along the left side of the fairway and a pond partially extending to the front left of the green. Although the green is generous, the pond seems to get its fair share of golf balls. Bailing out to the right of the green you will find a bunker and over the green leaves a difficult downhill chip.
Hole #5 | Par 3
This straight-away par 3 allows for shorter hitter to roll the ball onto the green. Miss the green to the right or the left and you find yourself in a greenside bunker. Going over the green requires a delicate chip shot as the green in elevated in the back.
Hole #6 | Par 4
Our #1 handicap hole for both men and women. This is a challenging hole due to a lake that comes mid-way out into the fairway at 178 yards from the red tees and 236 yards from the blues. Many players must lay up or go into the water. To carry the water takes a very big hit. Placement of the tee shot is critical as a large tree on the right edge of the fairway just past the water can interfere with the second shot. Many players are happy to take a bogey and move to the next hole.
Hole #7 | Par 5
The placement of the tee shot is all important in setting up the play of this hole. There are trees on the right and left in the landing area of the tee shot. Once in correct position the rest of the hole sets up well. The pond along the left side of the fairway is difficult to see, but it is marked by a deciduous tree.
Hole #8 | Par 4
A slight dogleg left this short hole has a small cross fairway channel to carry for your drive. If you land in the channel or on its upside, your shot will roll to the bottom leaving a longer approach shot to a large green that is well bunkered.
Hole #9 | Par 5
A dogleg left, once again tee placement is critical in setting up the play of the hole. Although there is ample room on the right, a tee shot to the right adds distance to the hole. Trying to cut the dogleg, you are facing a large eucalyptus tree and other smaller trees that will knock down your ball. After the tee shot the hole is straight-away with trees scattered on both sides of the fairway. Try to keep your approach shot below the cup.
Hole #10 | Par 4
Unless you are adept at fading the ball off the tee, a carefully placed drive is essential on this hole. A grove of trees on the right and a ditch on the left will find an errant tee shot. This large green can be very slick so putting up to the cup is preferred.
Hole #11 | Par 4
Although this slight dogleg left is not intimidating from the tee box, trees right and left and a fairway bunker make it interesting. A narrow opening to the green makes correct club selection for the approach shot important.
Hole #12 | Par 3
A large green makes for an easy target, but trouble awaits once on the green. Given the length, it is difficult to assure an uphill putt, but that is definitely the preferred position.
Hole #13 | Par 5
This long dogleg right is not difficult if you keep your ball in the fairway. Off the tee trees on the right and a bunker on the left await an errant tee shot. Two bunkers in the rough on either side of the fairway in the landing area of the second shot keep the player honest. The green slants from back to front and has other subtle breaks depending on pin position. This is the number 2 handicap hole for good reason.
Hole #14 | Par 4
If you can avoid the group of olive trees at the bend of the dogleg right as well as the large trees on the left of the fairway, there is a good chance for birdie on this hole. The green is small and narrow with bunkers on both sides.
Hole #15 | Par 4
Next to hole #6, this is the best par 4 on the course. Guarded by trees and 2 bunkers on the right and trees on the left, a straight tee shot is critical on this hole. Now you are looking at a very large, wide slightly elevated green with a grass bunker on the right and two bunkers to the left. Good putters will appreciate this green. Be sure to carefully line up your putts as the green can be tricky.
Hole #16 | Par 3
This par 3 is beautifully framed with two bunkers in front, a grass bunker on the right, slight mounding for definition behind, and a bail out area to the left. With a large two tier green, birdies are available here.
Hole #17 | Par 5
Heading toward the clubhouse, this par 5 is fairly open. There are trees on the right, a runoff ditch to the left and another fairway channel crossing the fairway, but no bunkers until you reach the area around the green. As with most of the holes the opening to the green is narrow and well guarded by bunkers.
Hole #18 | Par 4
If your match is coming down to the last hole, this is a good one. The views of the mountains are beautiful and the green is framed by Washingtonian palms. The tee shot is fairly wide open, straying right will put you in the trees and to the left is a deep run off ditch making the approach shot a challenge. A grass bunker in front of the elevated green prevents a low running shot from getting to the green. Once on the green it is important to carefully view your putts as the green can be tricky. A par on this hole may win your match and be the end of a satisfying round.
Hole by Hole Description written by Joan Edwards Powell.