Tips From The Pro
We hope you enjoy the scenic views as well as the challenging golf. Deer Valley officially opened The Ridge and Prairie Courses for play in 1999 and The Valley Course in the fall of 2010. The course was built to follow the natural flow of some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful terrain and we have conveniently placed 25-foot flagpoles behind a few of our greens as directional aides when you don’t see the pin. All yardages discs are measured to the center of the greens and all sprinkler heads contain 3 yardages: to the front, middle and back of the green- please take elevation changes into account when deciding which club to hit. Here are some tips and advice for your round at Deer Valley G.C.
THE RIDGE COURSE
Hole 1 – The bunker to the left of the fairway is a 240 yards from the white tees. Your second shot should be aimed between the burning bushes that mark 150 yards and are on each side of the fairway. This hole plays much longer than the yardage on the card and we recommend that you take extra club coming into the green. Tall flag marks the green.
Hole 2 – With out of bounds to the right and a gigantic bunker and grass mounds to the left, an accurate tee shot will be rewarded with a short to middle iron to an oval green.
Hole 3 – A challenging dogleg left. Aim your tee shot between the two fairway bunkers. Depending on your tee shot, you may have a visually obstructed second shot to a green that slopes mildly from front to back with mounds on each side.
Hole 4 – The tree marks the left-center of the fairway and is 100 yards from the green. The flagpole marks the center-back of the green. A tee shot to the right of the tree and left of the mounds will leave a wide-open shot to a peninsula type green. Too far to the right off of the tee will leave you an obstructed shot to the green, too far left won’t allow you to see the green on your approach shot
Hole 5 – This beautiful par 3 plays about 20 yards shorter than the actual yardage due to the elevation change. If you hit into the hazards, there is a drop area to the left of the green. Please drive carts carefully down the winding cart path.
Hole 6 – The green and red tees are located on top of the hill of this dogleg right hole, but tee off from the white, blue, or gold tees to make it a very challenging par 4. It is a 150-yard carry to the fairway from the white tees, but the back tees offer a more elevated position to tee off from that may provide an advantage. Aim just right of the big tree on the left side of the fairway, but stay left of the trees on the right- use a lofted club off the tee. There is a drop area on the forward tee for wayward shots hit into any of the hazard areas.
Hole 7 – An accurate tee shot to this postage stamp green will reward you with a good putt at a birdie, but be careful, the right side of this hole is marked as a lateral hazard and shots missing the green offer a difficult up and down.
Hole 8 – Aim down the left side of this par 5 to take advantage of the left to right sloping fairway, a shot down the right side may land you in the lateral hazard that runs the length of this hole. Place your next shot between the two bunkers and it will be smooth sailing into this elevated green. The forward left bunker is 125 yards from the green.
Hole 9 – This driver’s delight usually plays downwind, but watch out for the lateral hazard to the right that runs the length of this hole. Also be aware of the fairway bunker on the left that sits 140 yards from the green and is not seen from the tee. Please make sure the group ahead is clear before hitting by walking to the top of the mound next to the tee. The approach shot is uphill and may require at least an extra club.
THE PRAIRIE COURSE
HOLE 10 – A 225+ yard drive into the fairway will leave you with a mid iron to an elevated, sloping green. Too long of a tee shot will leave you with a possible downhill lie. The 2 bunkers to the right of the fairway mark the border of the tall grass lateral hazard.
HOLE 11 – We recommend that you take an extra club on this challenging par 3. The green is 32 yards from front to back, but any shot right of the green will land you in the hazard. It is all carry to the front of the green and shots that miss left of the green will likely kick on. The pond and windmill to the right are part of the Valley Course.
HOLE 12 – This is a short dog-leg right with the fairway running between the taller pines on the left and the tall trees on the right and then turning towards the valley. A tee shot of 170 to 200 yards aimed at the fairway directional flag will leave you a short shot to a narrow saddle shaped green that slopes considerably from front to middle. A tee shot right of the two taller trees on the right may land you in our environmentally sensitive butterfly habitat, please no carts or playing from this prairie area marked by red stakes with green tops – play as a lateral hazard.
HOLE 13 – The red and green tees are across the ravine. A tee shot of 200 yards will carry you to the top of the hill, and 175 yards is needed to fly over the small tree in the fairway. Big hitters can carry the first rise; please make sure the group ahead of you is out of range. A tee shot over the hill should be aimed left of the tree in the fairway toward the directional flag. Shots hit down the right side of the fairway will may kick into the hazard. Environmentally sensitive prairies run the entire right side of this narrow par 5, please no carts or playing from these areas- play as a lateral hazard. There is a drop area on the forward tees for balls that don’t carry the ravine. The flagpole behind the green marks the center of the green and short is better than long and right.
HOLE 14 – This is a short par 4 but watch out, lateral hazard runs along the entire right side of this hole. Pay attention to the pin position on this steeply sloping two-tiered green or a chance at birdie may turn into a three putt.
HOLE 15 – Take a breath and enjoy the view. Look to the right of the fairway in the distance and you can see the tall flagpole that marks the green. Don’t try to cut the corner off of the tee; the fairway is the smart play. A good drive may give you the opportunity to reach the green in two, but lateral hazard borders both sides of this hole and the green slopes from right to left. The flagpole is to be played as an obstruction and the field as a lateral hazard.
HOLE 16 – This hole is the fourth of Deer Valley’s tough par 3’s and it is as challenging as it is beautiful. The hole plays a little shorter than the yardage due to the elevation change, but wind in your face will take away any elevation advantage. As you can see, there are not many places to miss it here and a little long is certainly better than a little short.
HOLE 17 – This is a pretty sharp dogleg right par 4 from the back tee box and a shot that is hit 180 to 200 yards and is aimed between the Barneveld water tower and the silos will land you in the fairway. A shot hit towards the silos may run through the fairway and too far right will land you in the hazard. From the middle tee box you can aim your tee shot right at the left side of the green.
HOLE 18 – This is the most challenging par 4 on the course and a great finishing hole. A well-struck tee shot will leave you a mid to long iron to this elevated green. Too far to the right will land you in the hazard. Very long hitters can aim left of the large tree in the fairway and have a short iron into the green. An accurate approach will land you on this long and narrow green, but if you drift to the right your ball will bounce off the hill and leave you a difficult pitch back to the pin.
THE VALLEY COURSE
HOLE 1– A double dog-leg par 5 running through the bottom of the valley. A straight tee shot and a second shot aimed just right of the active windmill will leave you a short iron into a large green which has the back third surrounded by water.
HOLE 2- A beautiful, elevated short par 3 requiring a tee shot entirely over water. No where to bail out so take it at the center of the green with a little less club.
HOLE 3- What a view! Well over 125 ft drop from tee to fairway and trees running along both sides makes this tough and beautiful par 4 visually intimidating. A 3-wood or rescue club off the tee for accuracy is the play. An accurate tee shot will leave you a short to mid iron to this elevated 2 tiered green. There is a drop area at the start of the fairway for shots not making the fairway.
HOLE 4- Another great par 3 with hazards on 3 sides. The only place to miss this green is short, and pay special attention to the trees as wind whipping through the valley will affect your golf ball.
HOLE 5- The first of the driveable par 4’s on the Valley 9, but it is no pushover. The smart play is to hit a tee shot 200 yds between the 2 fairway bunkers. With driver you must hit it directly at the center of the green and keep it high and straight.
HOLE 6- Uphill par 3 with a postage stamp green. Distance control is the key, if you miss this green it will be a challenging up and down with an uneven lie
HOLE 7- Straight away par 4 with a long and narrow green. Keep your tee shot between the fairway bunkers, if you don’t you will likely end up in the long grass hazard that lines both sides of this fairway.
HOLE 8- A challenging par 5 that plays much longer than the posted yardage. Don’t expect much roll on your uphill tee shot, but it must be kept to the right of the fairway bunker. Long grass hazards line both sides of this hole and the green is 40 yards from front to back, pay attention to flag depth on your approach
HOLE 9- A perfect risk/reward finishing hole. The safe play is to hit it 200 yards off the tee between the tree on the left and the tree on the right. Want to drive the green? Then take it directly over the tree on the left and hit it long and straight, as there is no bailout if you hit your driver. Don’t be long, there is no recovery.