Drive: The opening hole is a dog leg right par 5 with a drop in elevation of 45 feet from tee to green. It is the longest hole on the golf course but doesn’t play the longest because of the elevation change. The landing area for the tee shot is one of the widest on the course. It is rare, even with a good drive, to be able to go for the green on the second shot so driver off the tee isn’t the only play.
Approach: The green is guarded on the left by water and on the right by sand. A large fairway bunker guards the layup area near the 100 yard mark. Hit the fairway off the tee and the second shot offers plenty of options. (1) Lay-up short of the water hazard and fairway bunker with a mid to low iron to avoid all of the trouble. This option leaves a short iron into the green. (2) Hit a mid to long iron over the fairway bunker on the right. This strategy often provides the best angle to attack the pin but brings water into play. (3) Be aggressive and go for the green in two. With water left of the green and deep bunkers right, this low percentage shot is the riskiest alternative but offers the most reward if it is successful.
Drive: A short par 4 that has a slight double dogleg feature. There is no need to hit driver. Hit something that you know will end up in the fairway. You must be on the left side of the fairway to have a clear shot into the green. A drive of 200-220 yards will leave a short iron approach into the green.
Approach: The green is guarded by water on the right and bunkers on the left. Every shot into this green funnels toward the water. Because of the funnel effect plan to aim left of the pin. The back pin position is the most challenging because it brings water into play to the right of and behind the pin. Distance control is critical for your approach shot to this hour glass shaped green to provide the easiest putt.
Drive: This is one of the longest par 4s on the golf course. There is water down the left side of the fairway all the way to the green. You can play conservative and aim towards the right side of the fairway, but this will leave a long iron or fairway wood into the green. Challenge the fairway close to the water and you will be rewarded with a mid to short iron into the green.
Approach: This is one of the larger greens on the golf course; however, there is a deep bunker guarding the right side of the green and water on the left.
Approach: The first par 3 at Mystic Creek is the second longest par 3 on the course. The hole plays slightly shorter than the distance on the scorecard because it plays downhill. The green is guarded by 3 bunkers and water surrounding the left and back side of the green. The green has a ridge that divides the green and is similar to the 16th hole at Augusta National, though the slope is not as severe.
Drive: The shortest par 5 on the golf course. It is designed to be reached with two well struck shots. The fairway slopes right to left and the tee shot calls for a cut so plan to favor the right side.
Approach: Similar to hole number one. Hit the fairway on your drive and you will be left with some options. (1) Hit a mid-iron and lay up short of the fairway bunkers. This will leave you a mid to short iron into the green. (2) Hit a long iron or hybrid to the left side of the fairway just short of the green. This does bring the fairway bunkers into play but will leave you with nothing more than a wedge into the green. (3) Go for the green in two. With a creek outlining the left side of the green and bunkers on the right side this shot needs to be executed perfectly for it to pay off. The green is one of the most severe on the course.
Drive: This is one of the most scenic tee shots on the golf course. This straight away short par 4 is one you can attack. The fairway drops dramatically from the tee to the landing area and a creek runs along the left side of the fairway.
Approach: The hole has two bunkers which guard the putting surface. The creek that borders the left side of the fairway makes a 90 degree turn and crosses the fairway just in front of the green. Another creek borders the left side of the green. The green slopes to the left so favor the right side.
Approach: A short to medium par 3 and the first hole that doesn’t have water that can impact your approach shot. There is a large bunker that runs along the right side of the green. There is also a smaller bunker short left. There is a chipping area long left of the green, but the chipping area is well below the level of the green so the prospect of getting up and down is not good.
Drive: A medium length dog leg right par 4. Hitting the fairway on your tee shot is key to making a good score on this hole. There are two bunkers on the left side of the fairway in the bend of the dog leg. There is also a creek that hugs the right side of the fairway.
Approach: The green is guarded by a medium size bunker on the right and a smaller bunker long left. There is a collection area short left of the green and chipping areas long and right. Every pin placement on this green is a challenge. There are several bends and breaks that test your short game. The key is to leave the ball below the hole.
Drive: A long par 4 that bends to the left while the fairway slopes to the right. The fairway bottlenecks near the landing area. If you choose to be aggressive with driver and hit the fairway, you will be rewarded with a mid-iron into the green. Play it safe and hit fairway wood and you are faced with a long-iron or even wood into the green.
Approach: This green is the only one on the course without a sand bunker. There is a small grass bunker in front of the green and a bail out area to the right. Hitting into either of these areas will leave a very tricky up and down.
Drive: Making the turn, you will be asked again to hit another very accurate long tee shot on this beautiful par 4. The fairway rolls from left to right with a large lake looming down the right side all the way to the green.
Approach: The approach requires a long to middle iron to a two-tiered green which slopes from left to right and is protected by water on the right. A steep faced bunker guards the left side of the green and a long narrow bunker protects the right side of the green next to the water. Any two of the collection areas that face the front of the green will collect shots that land too short.
Drive: Take a deep breath on the tee as you survey this majestic risk reward hole that features 11 bunkers. This drivable par 4 is one of the most birdied holes on the course. The decision from the tee is to determine if you will attempt to drive the green or lay up to a desired approach distance.
Approach: A driver or fairway wood carrying the mogul of bunkers on the right will give the golfer the best approach to the green. The second option is to play safer down the left side with either a long iron or fairway wood which will leave an uphill approach over bunkers to an undulating green. Bunkers surround this green on the left and right side with a collection area surrounding the back of the green.
Approach: This beautiful short picturesque Par 3 evokes thoughts of another famous par 3 twelfth hole. The tee shot requires a short iron over water to an elongated green, which slopes from back to front. A deep bunker protecting the front center of the green collects shots that are short and saves these shots from finding the water. There are two steep faced bunkers guarding the back of the green. Azaleas frame the hole and add to the beauty and aura of the shortest hole on the course.
Drive: This medium length par 4 plays straight away with native grass lining the left side of the fairway. The tee shot requires a slight draw as a stand of pine trees pinches the fairway on the right near the 150-yard marker. The slight down slope in the landing area helps tee shots gain a few more yards when hitting down the middle left of the fairway. Playing down the right side of the fairway will most likely result in your approach being blocked by the stand of pine trees.
Approach: When playing from the middle to left side of the fairway, the golfer will be left with a short to middle approach to an uphill multi-tiered green. Bunkers frame the front right and left sides of the green, while a collection area off the back grabs any approach that is hit long.
Drive: This long par 5 is one of the most photographed holes on the course. A creek & native area frames the hole down the left side, while a group of bunkers await any drive that bails out right. The hole can be played with a driver or fairway wood from the tee. If the tees are up, the green can be reached on the second shot. However, the green is small and severely sloped and it is difficult to hold a long shot on the green.
Approach: Trouble lurks on the right side of the fairway in the form of a creek and bunkers. The most aggressive play is to attempt to avoid all of the trouble by hitting a long second shot at the left green side bunker. This approach will leave a player a short wedge or pitch shot. If a player decides to be conservative on the layup along the right side, then the player will be left with a challenging 3rd shot to an undulating green. This green is severely contoured from left to right with a back to front back shelf protecting the back flag locations. A deep facing bunker in the front and side with collection areas right and left will leave golfers scrambling for a par.
Drive: The longest par 4 on the course requires a long accurate tee shot to a rolling fairway that slopes from right to left with moguls on the right side. A tee shot that is hit down the left side will leave a long approach. The most aggressive line is to aim down the right side with a long carry over the moguls. This will leave a shorter approach.
Approach: The downhill approach shot is one of the more challenging second shots on the course. A middle to long iron is required to a green well guarded by deep bunkers on the right side. There is a bail out area to the left but the pitch to a large undulating green is no bargain.
Approach: The longest par 3 at Mystic Creek requires a long iron to a multi-tiered green. A large bunker guards the front right side of the green with a collection area protecting the back right side of the putting surface. Three bunkers guard the left side of the green for any player that decides to challenge a top tier pin on the left side of the putting surface.
Drive: A relatively short par 4, this challenging dogleg right hole is the only true uphill hole at Mystic Creek. The tee shot requires a slight fade to a bowl shaped fairway that will leave a mid to short iron approach.
Approach: This uphill second shot is to one of the most challenging greens on the course. Two bunkers protect the front left, while a large collection area collects balls that have bailed out to the right. The second to this up hill par 4 requires pinpoint accuracy to hold this sloping back to front green.
Drive: This closing dogleg left par 5 provides a chance for a closing eagle or birdie. A fairway bunker is well positioned on the left side to catch any tee shot that is pulled. A stand of pine trees frames the right hand side of the fairway across from and just past the left side fairway bunker and blocks out the second shot if the drive strays too far to the right. The landing area slopes gently from right to left.
Approach: After a well-placed tee shot along the left center of the fairway, there are two options for the second shot: 1. Layup to the right side of the fairway which slopes severely from right to left. Any shot left of middle will wind up in the native grass rough. 2. Go for the green and try to avoid multiple bunkers and collection areas surrounding a narrow target. It is generally better to be long than short if you are attempting to reach the green in two. The three-tiered green has challenging hole locations and requires a well struck second or third shot to provide a good chance for a closing birdie or eagle.