Hole 1 - Description
A short par 4 starts your round, but it’s trickier than it looks. An average drive to a mostly blind landing area leaves a short iron in most cases. Sloping rough funnels most shots to the right. Draw the ball to avoid the tree line above the right-hand rough and the large bunker that fronts the right side of the green, if you can. You’ll still have to deal with a downhill approach to a severely undulating green that often has tough pin positions.
Hole 1 - Stats
Hole 2 - Description
Our first par-3 offers an elevated tee and a gentle upslope to an elevated green which is angled sharply to the right. Your tee shot requires a good ten yards more carry if you come in from the right side. Beware the deep sand trap guarding the left side of the green and difficult pitches from that side, which includes a narrow creek hazard. Often, shots hit to the far left side of the green tumble off and roll down towards or into the bunker.
Hole 2 - Stats
Hole 3 - Description
The first of four consecutive par 4’s, a solid drive is needed here, or you’ll face a risky second shot. Trees line both sides of the hole with little rough to save errant drives. Fairway bunkers on either side may catch a ball headed that way, and are tough to escape. The green has a big ridge in the middle, offering many interesting breaking putts – once you clear the massive greenside bunker at left. Par is seldom a disappointing result here.
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Hole 4 - Description
Rated Maple Ridge’s hardest hole, #4 offers a very wide fairway but danger lurks on either side as golfers reach for extra distance on this long par-4. Some big hitters risk going out-of-bounds by trying to hammer drives over a right-side bunker, cutting off the corner. Sometimes, it takes a long iron or fairway wood to reach a distant green which only holds approaches that are dead at the pin, or right of center. A large, deep bunker catches wayward shots to the right, which still beats coming up out of dense woods further right.
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Hole 5 - Description
Accuracy off the tee is more important than distance on this straight, ascending hole. Too far left gets you in a meandering creek or woods, and too far right looms a hill crest, thick tree line and out-of-bounds markers. A well-struck drive needs to only clear wetlands in front to set up an uphill short iron approach, but prepare for extra carry. Go for the center of the green, as balls that miss the green usually roll off into tough lies or a double-bunker.
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Hole 6 - Description
The truest dogleg at Maple Ridge, #6 challenges you to hit a sturdy drive. Evade a steep falloff on your right that leads to a near-certain hazard landing and penalty drop. The left side is severely sloped, and safe plays in that direction can still leave 200+ yards to the green. Your approach must then clear a winding creek and navigate uphill to a steeply contoured green that offers few easy birdie and par putts.
Hole 6 - Stats
Hole 7 - Description
Now that you’ve reached our first par 5, get ready to see them on three of the next four holes. #7 calls for a well-struck drive and fairway wood (or long iron) to position for a comfortable third shot to the green. Along the way, avoid troublesome woods on both sides and fairway bunkers on the left. The fairway bends to the left and the green, which is multi-tiered, is more accessible from that side. A huge greenside bunker guards the right. Beware extremely fast, tricky putts in the front and rear portions of the green.
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Hole 8 - Description
Another risk-reward par 5, gamblers can sometimes reach this hole in two, but not without averting major trouble in the form of dense trees on the right and lesser tree blockage to the left. The approach generally takes more club than appears necessary due to an uphill climb, well-placed bunkers and prevailing headwinds. Consider yourself lucky to have a level stance on your third shot, where you might use the hill beyond the green as a slingshot. On the green itself, many subtle breaks await; it’s fast but fair.
Hole 8 - Stats
Hole 9 - Description
A scary way to end the front nine, #9 is not for the timid, especially in cold or windy weather. Although there’s bailout room to the right of the green, most tee shots short and left (and some long ones) wind up wet, especially since a spillway was added and the water hazard significantly enlarged in late 2009. A turtle-backed green makes this a tough putting hole. Although not a terribly long tee shot, aiming for the middle of the green is usually wise strategy here, but easier said than accomplished.
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Hole 10 - Description
Here’s a good birdie opportunity for solid ball-strikers. Catch a drive to the proper locations, and your ball rolls gently downhill to within reachable range on this par-5. However, a second shot hit thin, fat or wild could wind up in a cross-creek, woods on either side or one of three challenging bunkers. A backstop type of hill behind much of the green allows for occasional thrilling “slingshots” close to the pin. There aren’t many easy putts on this slick surface.
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Hole 11 - Description
#11, a challenging par-4, requires a solid drive. You can get away with a push or slice, as long as it’s below the cartpath atop the large hill on the right. Any higher might cost you a stroke chipping out of trouble, while most anything left of the fairway rolls through the rough downhill into a rocky hazard. The penalty drop from the left still leaves you a difficult shot to the green. The approach must be well-hit to climb a big hill, while the green is guarded by one deep, nasty bunker.
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Hole 12 - Description
Take a deep breath before making good contact to ensure clearing a big lake and fairway bunker just past it with your drive. Some want to cut the corner on this relatively short right dogleg, but that comes with the risk of going out-of-bounds across nearby property lines. The approach may be short, but needs to circumvent a second body of water that comes perilously close to the left side of the green. Gambling for birdies on tight pins here can sometimes cost you an unnecessary penalty drop.
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Hole 13 - Description
This is Maple Ridge’s signature hole due to its often-shimmering lake and gorgeous flowers and homes by the tee and green. The task at hand is to make sure to take a big number out of play by choosing enough club to clear the water. With tempting pin positions, it’s hard not to be aggressive. The stone wall fronting the green catches a surprising number of thinly hit shots, and ther lake drops back to swallow up pulled or pushed short irons. There are few easy putts on this cavernous green, but you’ll kick yourself if your tee shot winds up wet.
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Hole 14 - Description
Ranked second-hardest handicap hole, #14 is fraught with trouble all along the left side, forcing play into the center, and often from tough angles and safe escape shots on the right side. Anything near the boulders at the 150-yard marker is an outstanding drive, but you’ve still got a rugged long carry to the flattest green on the course. You can miss the green right and recover for par, but it’s much tougher to do it from the trough called the “Valley of Sin” at left. Seldom is anyone unhappy with a score of par here.
Hole 14 - Stats
Hole 15 - Description
Few short par 4’s cause as much anxiety as this one! Even though #15 can be played with as little as two 7-irons, the wraparound creek and surrounding forests catch many wayward drives that land near the edges of a very steeply sloped fairway. Another stream and stone wall must be cleared on the approach. They deceptively wind back towards the pin, creating more risk if you attack the right side. The areas left of and behind the green are rocky ansd craggy, leaving little room for bailout, except perhaps the left rear corner of the green, which feeds downhill to the center.
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Hole 16 - Description
The newest hole at Maple Ridge, this par 3 has matured into a beautiful test of iron play, with the back tees making it, at times, a 200-yard hole. Typically, pin positions force players to either carry a bunker which seems to catch anything hit in its vicinity, or chance a variety of difficult recovery shots from wide of the green. Experience a boatload of subtle, hard-to-precisely-read breaking putts all over this green.
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Hole 17 - Description
An average-length par-4 which doglegs slightly left, this hole presents many awkward slopes and angles from both fairway and rough, making it hard to gauge the correct carry on your approach. Inside the 150-yard marker, these are considerably easier than the longer ones. Add to that an undulating green with a false front and bunkers surrounding the other three sides. Birdies here (and most pars) are well-earned.
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Hole 18 - Description
A terrific finishing hole that can make or break your round, #18 beckons a wide but sloped fairway that can send an off-center drive skittering into woods on either side. Thread the needle on your second shot, as the trees and hazards creep in from the edges. Holding this green from almost any distance is a job well done, with a newly renovated bunker in front and major mounds on the right creating roll-offs when you thought you’d be on the surface. Delicate putts are the norm on this large but quick green.
Hole 18 - Stats