340 yards - Par 4
Generous tee shot, with an approach to a rare, front-to-back sloping green which demands attention. A run-up approach is often a prudent choice as stopping a ball that lands on the green is difficult. A misjudged approach beyond the cup will run down to the lower back level and leave the player with a very difficult up and down. This ancient green also slides off right and left to brush off misdirected shots.
312 yards - Par 4
Hole number 2 is another of the many short par 4’s at Poland Spring. The putting surface is relatively flat, but an approach pulled left from the left-sloping fairway will find a deep bunker and a challenging recovery. A shot long and over the green goes down a steep slope, and likely into the thicket.
395 yards - Par 4
This can be a difficult medium-length par four. The landing area is blind from the tee, and it is a challenge to find the fairway, which is bordered by some of the most lush rough on the golf course. The hole slopes to the right, and, like the first hole, a run-up approach is often required to get close to the pin. This is the first of many greens where the golfer must take in the general slope of the land to read putts, and might find more break toward the pond to the North than expected
422 yards - Par 4
("The Window") Truly a Signature Hole! This beautiful hole is a must photo op, as well as challenging and unique. With Lower Range Pond as a backdrop, the tee shot descends down a steep and steady slope, lined closely by thick woods, to a fairway sloping to the left. A tee shot should land right of center, or on the right rough line, to end up in the middle. But, the trees to the right grab many shots, and deeper in the woods is out-of-bounds. Tee shots landing left normally kick into the rough, trees, or hazard lining that side of the fairway. The approach, still steadily down the slope, will require one or two less clubs than the yardage indicates, and will run significantly on the front-to-back slope of the first half of the green. The back of the green rises slightly to the back edge, but not as much as it appears from above. This hole is a joy to play!
317 yards - Par 4
Very strong birdie opportunity here, with a short approach to a level green. However, fitting the tee shot onto the left-sloping fairway is no guarantee. There are thick trees and OB to the right, and a hazard to the left, and the fairway gets narrower the farther you go. The green is small to accommodate a short approach, and going long is NOT an option, with a severe slope behind the green to out of bounds.
148 yards - Par 3
One of the few holes where water comes into play at Poland Spring. This par 3 is short and downhill over a pond. Another good birdie hole, but the green can be tricky with many subtle breaks.
385 yards - Par 4
Number 7 is an interesting mid-range par four, bending gently to the right, bordering the Lower Range Pond wetland. The tee shot is also challenged by deep fescue and pot bunkers to the left, and the fairway almost never yields a level lie. The approach is partially blind to a relatively benign green, bunkered right and left. The original green for this hole was higher and closer to the 8th tee.
191 yards - Par 3
This great par three has one of the most interesting greens you will play! The hole stretches to around 190 yards to a three-tier surface, with the middle section of the green below the front and back. This is a great example of a typical early green, which originally was cut all the way from the front left level near the bunker all the way to the back right mounds. We are planning to reclaim and restore this great putting surface and open up the wonderful and challenging pin positions front left and back right, which have become grown in as rough over the years.
325 yards - Par 4
Though this hole measures only 325 yards from the back tee, it plays much longer with the steady uphill slope. Players need an extra club or more on the approach, and most approaches to the front half of the green will roll back off. Distance control is the key to this approach as the front half of the green is severely sloped, but an over-aggressive approach past the pin leaves a super-fast chip or putt back down the slope.
315 yards - Par 4
Another birdie opportunity of only 315 yards from the back tee downhill all the way to a tiny, level green. This hole can be driven by longer hitters, but shots to the left or right of the green are challenging up-and-downs.
471 yards - Par 5
A great short par-5 of only 471 yards, this hole plays steadily upslope to another fabulous Travis green complex. This green slopes severely from back to front, with many dips and contours on the way. The approach MUST be below the hole to leave a good chance at holing the putt, and any approach past the pin is as often a three-putt as not. This is another example of a green that has shrunk over the years. We plan on reclaiming perhaps the most interesting pin position on the entire course, to the back right corner where rough now grows. And don’t forget to look back from the green for another beautiful vista of the Pond and Maine mountains beyond!
297 yards - Par 4
A short but deceivingly difficult par four. The rough to the right is very thick, and the fairway slopes from the left. The green has a severe slope from back to the front and right, and any putt from above the hole is difficult to keep close. A smart and well-played approach will be short and right of the hole.
228 yards - Par 3
This is a challenging par three from the front tees and brutally so from the Championship tee at 228 yards. This green has been opened up to nearly the original shape in the back right, creating a great risk-reward pin position close to and over a deep green side bunker. The green is long from front to back, making club selection of prime importance.
407 yards - Par 4
A deceivingly difficult par four, playing slightly uphill and longer than the yardage would indicate. The fairway slopes to the right, and as a result, many approach shots leak to the right, and into the bunker. Although the green appears to be rather flat, there is a pronounced slope to the front and right, with more break than most golfers initially read.
442 yards - Par 4
From the back tees the drive on #15 aims toward OB stakes and the Maine Inn on the right. The aim point is often very close to, or over, the pines on the left, especially with a prevailing wind out of the West. The approach shot is to a classic Walter Travis green, with typical mounding framing the target, and complex slopes producing many double breaks on putts. As with many greens at Poland Spring, an approach just short of the green is a safe play, and anything long or into the bunkers guarding left and right makes for a much more difficult recovery shot.
531 yards - Par 5
Take dead aim at the directional flag off the tee to the wide fairway. This par five is reachable in two for longer hitters, sloping downhill to a classic Poland Spring green. In firm conditions, the approach can land up to 30 yards short of the green and roll downhill to the surface. As per usual, over the green is a sharp down slope, leaving a blind lob shot from thick rough.
295 yards - Par 4
This par 4 is very short in yardage but uphill to a small, sloping and well-guarded putting surface. This hole can be driven by long hitters, but an errant tee shot can leave a treacherous second shot. The bunkers on #17 are deep, and there are run-offs at the front and right of this hole. Errant approach shots and putts can roll back off the false front, or off the right, leaving a difficult recovery chip shot.
357 yards - Par 4
The finishing hole is a good birdie opportunity, as long as the tee shot avoids the maple in the middle of the fairway. The green is large and relatively flat with a slight slope from back to front, making club selection tricky on the approach.
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