How To Play The Patriot
Hole #1 | Par 5
Welcome to the Patriot Course at the Wigwam Golf Club. The first hole is a straight forward par-5, lined with out of bounds to the right and left, and fairway bunkers on the right. Do your best to place your drive left of the fairway bunkers, which will give you a chance at the green in two shots. If you can’t stay left of the bunkers, lay it up at your favorite wedge distance and stick it close. This green is protected on both sides by bunkers and slopes front to back.
Hole #2 | Par 3
Hole 2 is a mid-iron par-3 with a bunker located at the front-right of the green. The green steeply slopes in all directions. Do your best to hit the middle of this green and two putt!
Hole #3 | Par 5
Hole 3 is a tee shot aimed over the fairway bunker is 220 yards to carry. A great drive sets you up for a long to mid iron onto the green. Place your iron shot carefully; the green is protected by water on the left and a deep bunker to the right. The green slopes back to front, and right to left. A great second shot gives you an eagle opportunity!
Hole #4 | Par 3
This is a short par-3 with a bunker to the right, and water all along the right side. The green slopes back to front so control your spin and hit it close.
Hole #5 | Par 5
Hole 5 is a dogleg right, allowing big hitters to cut the corner. It’s 260 yards to fly over the bunker on the right side of the fairway. Those who can’t stroke it over the bunker should take aim just left of it and keep it in the fairway. If you try and go for this green in two, there are green side bunkers on the front right and left side middle of the green. Choosing to lay up? Be cautious of the fairway bunker that sits 75 yards out from the green. Lay up to the right of this bunker or just before it, which will give you the best shot at hitting it close.
Hole #6 | Par 4
Hole 6 is a sharp dogleg left with out of bounds on the right. It’s 265 yards from the tips to the corner of the dogleg, so a 3 or 5 wood is a smart play. Your approach shot should be a short iron, landing you on a tiny elevated green that slopes steeply on all sides. There are also a couple of deep front side bunkers you will need to fly over. Good luck!
Hole #7 | Par 4
A tee shot just left of the fairway bunker, on the right side, will set you up perfectly for this fairly short par-4. There is water along the extreme left side, and out of bounds on the far right. Go with a short iron to get onto this medium-sized green. Carefully place your shot! This green has a severe slope in the front and along the right side, and it’s also protected by a bunker on the left side.
Hole #8 | Par 4
It’s time to show off your skill! Hole 8 is a very difficult and long dogleg right par-4. Your tee shot should be just left of the right-side fairway bunker. This will leave you with a mid to long iron shot into a very narrow and sloped green, which is protected by bunkers on the left and right. Par is a great score here!
Hole #9 | Par 3
Add 5 to 7 yards to your tee shot and safely get on this elevated green. It’s best to go with a solid stroke here, which will help you avoid the deep pot bunker in front. Going long will also help you avoid a tough short game shot.
Hole #10 | Par 5
Hole 10 is a slight dogleg left par-5 punctuated with a bunker on the right side of the fairway, and trees along the left side. This is a tough green to go for in two; however, it is possible if you can hit the ball right to left and make it land softly. The smart play is to lay up to your comfort distance with a wedge and stick it close from there. This green is well protected by bunkers left and right side.
Hole #11 | Par 4
This is a short par-4 that has very little risk reward. Hit a shot off the tee that leaves you at a comfortable distance from the green, and do your best from there. This green has severe slopes and deep pot bunkers on the right and left. Note: There is water on the left side about half way up the hole.
Hole #12 | Par 4
Hole 12 is a great par-4 that is reachable off the tee but be careful of the water up the left side. There are also a couple of small bunkers up the right side that may come into play. A precise tee shot leaves you with a short-iron onto this elevated green. Beware of bunkers both on the left and right side.
Hole #13 | Par 3
A long par-3 from the tips! This green is elevated and has three very deep bunkers in front. Be sure to make it on in one, or you’re looking at a tough up and down since the hole is steeply sloped all the way around.
Hole #14 | Par 4
Hole 14 is a unique, yet drivable, par-4 with heavy bunker protection in front. Grip it and rip it on this hole and see where you end up! There may be an albatross waiting!
Hole #15 | Par 3
You have made it to the unique island green on the 15th hole of the Patriot course! Bring two or three balls to the tee on this hole. Don’t worry, it’s not too tough, it’s just a fun shot to hit! The green slopes severely left to right starting at the middle of the green. There is a bunker along the left side of the green that can’t be seen from the tee. Enjoy this hole, there aren’t many like it!
Hole #16 | Par 4
Hole 16 is a short par-4 with a deep fairway bunker right in the middle. Your best bet is a tee shot just left of that bunker, leaving you a short iron onto a fairly easy green. The only difficult part about this green is that it slopes away from you from the middle to the back, so be aware of where the pin is.
Hole #17 | Par 3
This is another fun par-3 over water, with a deep bunker hugging the right side of the green. Choose your distance wisely and play for the middle of the green.
Hole #18 | Par 4
Hole 18 is a slight dogleg right and has a bunker in the middle of the fairway, which is only in play from the very back tips. It’s only 235 yards to carry from the member tees and is a great line for your tee shot. This leaves you within mid-iron range to get onto the biggest green on the Patriot course (finally)! The green slopes hard to the right, and has bunkers on both the right and left. Shooting for par is a good goal on this hole!