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This medium length par four places an emphasis on accuracy from the tee shot as the fairway narrows and is multi-tierd as the golfer approaches the green. Golfers are best to lay back to 180 yards from the green, the widest part of the fairway, favoring the right side as the hiilside will help golf balls find the fairway. The secon shot plays dramatically down hill to a green that is angled from the left to right. The green is protected by a bunker and a winding creek in front and a bunker to the left to catch any misjudged approach shots. The fairway in front offers ample room and allows for a simple pitch and putt for par.
The longest par three on the golf course plays shorter than the distance from the downhill teeing area. As golfers play deeper into the green, the putting surface narrows and has bunkers to the right and the left. The deepest green on the course has a small plateau in the rear and is best played from short of the hole. Golfers not wishing to challenge the flagstick will find the wide fairway short of the green an accomadating area to play a pitch shot and a putt. Making par here is a great score!
The twelfth hole is a medium lenth par four that requires a well placed drive, avoiding the fairway bunkers to the right, offering the best angle into this three-tierd green. Players choosing to favor the left side of the fairway will find added protection from the hillside that may help the golf ball find the fairway. Nevertheless, playing down the left will lengthen the hole. The green is open in the front and will accept a run up shot, however to access the right or left tier s of the green the golfer must play a high, soft shot that will stop quickly.
This unique par five offers an abundance of strategic options from the tee. Players hoping to reach the green in two must take an aggressive line down the right-hand side avoiding the fairway bunker and wetlands. The conservative golfer will play the tee shot at the fairway bunker through the fairway. Whether attempting the green or laying back on the second shot, players should take note of the hole location as this large, multi-leveled green requires the proper length approach for a chance at birdie or par. A collection area to the left of the green will provide for some challenging chip shots and a deep bowl in the middle right of the putting surface will test even the best putter.
The fourteenth hole is the longest par four on the golf course demanding the strightest drive of the day. The uphill tee shot will reach its crest at 225 yards and offers a downhill approach for the second shot. A series of fairways bunkers line the entire left-hand side of the golf hole. Golfers needing to lay back on their second shot will find the fairway narrows and continues down on the right along the wetland settling to 100 yards from the green. The green slopes gently from back to front to accept a long approach shot, and is open in the front to allow the golf ball to roll onto the putting surface.
The par four fifteenth forces the golfer to choose between precision or length from the tee, as the hole plays as a dog-leg to the right along a lake. Golfers challenging the hole with longer clubs from the tee will find the fairway draws in as it nears the green. The green is well protected on all sides with large bunkers on the left and short of the green, a collection area short, and the large lake sitting near the putting surface to the right. This large green is canted dramatically from back to front making it essential for golfers to keep the golf ball below the hole.
The sixteenth hole is a pictresqu par three that plays over a large lake with a rustic barn as a the backdrop. The green has three distinct levels and a golfer hoping to leave the hole with par is best to find the proper level. Choosing the proper club is often a challenging decision, as the open landscape of this hole makes judging the wind an additional obstacle.
This reachable par five plays uphill through the valley from the tee. The lengthy fairway bunker on the right ends at the crest of the hill where the left-hand side is protected by a set of bunkers. Approach shots may be rolled onto the green, however when playing into this green be sure to avoid the many bunkers that surround the surface. A back right hole location is best approached from the left side of the fairway to avoid carrying the vast set of bunkers on the right.
The penultimate par four at Olde Kinderhook is one of the sternest tests of the golf course. The uphill tee shot plays to a wide landing area, allowing a golfer the opportunity for the rquired long drive, as the bunkers on both sides of the fairway are reachable by only the longest of hitters. Drives at the apex of the fairway afford the player a view of the putting surface ahead and the breathtaking landscape of the surrounding countryside. The fairway runs into the putting surface, allowing a shot to roll onto the large putting surface that is also receptive to long second shots. The approach shot must avoid the sprawling Sahara bunker on the left and thick rough to the right of the putting surface.