Hole 1 – Par 5 – 527 yds. – A great par 5 to start your WASGC desert adventure! You have options off of this elevated tee box. Off of the tee, O.B. runs all along the right (the top of the jebel) and water is located all along the left. The Tiger line is a big draw along the left edge of the jebel which will leave you a mid-iron into the brown but you will have to challenge O.B. in order to do so. The safer play is to hit driver down to the wide fairway, lay up just short of the fairway bunkers and have a wedge in. The brown slants back to front and is heavily bunkered on the right, left and behind. Any approach that ends up long will leave a tough chip to a brown that runs quickly away from you.
Hole 2 – Par 4 – 347 yds. – A short dog leg right with O.B. all along the left and water all along the right. This is a birdie hole for the big hitters as it can be driven from the tee but be careful as there are trees beyond the brown and a bunker short left to contend with. Playing the hole traditionally requires a drive over or just left of the largest tree that can be seen in the dogleg and a mid to short iron into to this back to front sloping brown. You want to leave yourself an uphill putt here if you can manage it.
Hole 3 – Par 3 – 127yds. – A great little par 3 requiring a short iron over a pretty little pond to a large, well-bunkered brown. Bunkers left, right and behind make accuracy very important. Try to keep your approach below the hole as this brown can be fast if you’re putting towards the water. If you find the water with your first, the drop zone is located out on the small penninsula between the tee and the brown.
Hole 4 – Par 5 – 512yds. – A tough par 5 that requires a long drive to the left hand side of the fairway which will open up a nice view of this elevated, two-tiered brown. Anything sliced will find the water on the right side of the fairway and there is O.B. left of the road. If your drive finds the right side of the fairway, you will have a shorter shot into the brown but you will be blind as there is a large jebel located just off the right side of the fairway. The smart play may be to lay up short of the fairway bunkers or greenside bunkers and try to wedge it close. This is the largest brown on the course – you may have to put your lag putting skills to work here!
Hole 5 – Par 3 – 162 yds. – A great par 3 in which you hit from an elevated tee box to a small, suspended brown. Anything short will not reach the plateau and will leave a blind pitch up a steep hill to a pin you may not be able to see the bottom of. Bunkers are located left and right with a steep incline behind the brown that can be used as a backstop. Again, if you land your approach or your pitch/chip below the hole, you will have a better chance at one putting.
Hole 6 – Par 4 – 468 yds. – A very strong par 4 which is why it is the Hdcp 1 hole on the course. This hole is a gentle dogleg left with a large jebel on the left hand side to contend with off the tee and water along the right as you get nearer the brown. A tee shot, preferably a high draw around the large jebel, hit from the highest point on the course, must be long if you want to get to the brown in two shots. The brown is long but narrow and relatively flat with bunkers left and right. Most players may want to play this hole as a par 5 as a bogey on this hole feels like a par!
Hole 7 – Par 4 – 321 yds. – What a fun par 4 this is to play! Large, beautiful jebels frame this hole on the left and right while the hole is played through the valley and then up to a brown perched high upon a hill. There are several ways to play this hole. You can hit driver off the tee and get into wedge range but you must hit it straight as the jebels are no fun to play out of and there is a fairway bunker that can be reached. Hybrid may be a safer play which will leave you just short of the fairway bunker with a short iron in. Or you can hit an iron, find the heart of the fairway and have a mid-iron into this elevated, level brown. There is a deep greenside bunker short, a bunker left and a shallow bunker beyond the brown.
Hole 8 – Par 4 – 380 yds. – Another beautiful hole with an elevated tee box, gentle dogleg to the right and small, well-guarded brown. Water guards this hole all along the right and there are bushes and trees left so a high fade off the tee to match the dogleg would work perfectly here. Stay away from the fairway bunker as that is sure to add at least one to your score. Driver off the tee should leave you a mid to short iron into the brown which is guarded by a bunker front-left and right. Most approach shots landing front edge will kick on.
Hole 9 – Par 4 – 342 yds. – A great chance at a birdie for the long hitters. This short par 4 can be played two ways. You can take driver and bomb it over the dry creek bed that crosses the fairway at 230 yards out. This option will leave you a wedge in but beware as there is water along the right and a pond that can be reached with the biggest of drives. Or you can lay up short of the creek bed and hit a short to mid iron in to this large brown protected by three bunkers; two in front and another long. The pond left of the brown and the O.B. on the right ensures that any shot hit too far off target will be penalized.
Hole 10 – Par 4 – 393 yds. – A straight-forward but strong par 4 that requires a long drive if you want to have any chance of holding this elevated brown with your approach shot. Bunkers and trees on the edges of the fairway place a premium on hitting your tee shot straight. The small brown is guarded by two large, deep fairway bunkers and slopes from back to front. An approach shot that ends up short of the brown but straight is always better than going long as there are trees, bushes and a severe drop off behind the brown that can lead to a big score here.
Hole 11 – Par 4 – 385 yds. – A wonderful risk/reward hole. This par 4 is a dog leg right that is drivable for the biggest hitters if they are willing to cut the corner and risk hitting into the water that waits all along the right. The safest bet is to hit your drive just left of the trees located at the dog leg which will leave you with a short to mid iron into to this flat but raised brown. The brown is guarded by a bunker front right and a bunker left. This is the Hdcp 2 hole on the course; it can yield an eagle or a triple, so plan and play it with caution!
Hole 12 – Par 4 – 413 yds. – This hole is long and plays tough but other than that it is wonderful! There is water left and a fairway bunker and bushes on the right to deal with off the tee. A long drive favoring the right half of the fairway is the play here but not too long as there is a dry creek bed that meanders across the fairway at driver distance for the big hitters. The approach shot is full of danger too as there is a creek bed on the right and bunkers short-right, left and long that guard this flat, large brown. A par is a great score here.
Hole 13 – Par 3 – 170 yds. – What a fantastic par 3 this is! The tee shot is hit from an elevated tee box down to a small brown situated between two large jebels. It may play one club less than the yardage (unless the wind is out of the North and into your face – then it may play 3 clubs more!) but it is no push over. The brown is guarded by bunkers right, left and long and anything that lands short of the brown will usually not bounce on. Landing on top of or on the side hill of one of the large jebels is not a great leave either. The best play here is a high fade landing on the front edge or hitting a shot slightly short of the brown but straight – anything less and you will find yourself scrambling for your par and probably carding something worse. O.B. right of the road.
Hole 14 – Par 5 – 488 yds. – A short but very tricky par 5 here. The blind tee shot, more often than not, requires something less than driver as the landing area is quite small and surrounded by trouble. There is a dry creek bed that crosses the fairway at 245 yards, trees and bushes left of the fairway and water all along the right. After finding the landing area with your tee shot you will have a decision to make – go for the brown in two, which usually requires a fairway wood or hybrid, and a hit over the water or you can lay up and leave yourself with a wedge into this back to front sloping brown. Bunkers await wayward approach shots that are short-right and left of the brown. This hole plays much tougher than its yardage may suggest.
Hole 15 – Par 3 – 137 yds. - A tiny little par 3 that at first glance seems easy enough. Rarely does it ever play longer than an 8 iron but this flat brown is often the fastest on the course and the deep bunkers on the left & right ensure that any ball coming to rest in them is duly punished. Many a player has walked off of this little giant with a double bogey. A word of caution– aim for the middle of the green, two putt and walk away. You and your scorecard will be much better off for it!
Hole 16 – Par 4 – 324 yds. – A short par 4 that is drivable by the biggest of hitters. The tee shot is hit from a tee box that is at the same level as the fairway but much of the fairway is hidden from view. A large fairway bunker and trees look to grab tee shots that stray too far left and bushes and O.B. are on the right side of the fairway. Once you have found the fairway safely the second shot must be placed in the center of the green as a bunker lurks short-right, trees and bushes are situated long and the brown severely slopes from back to front. Putting from below the hole here is a definite plus as it is easy to putt clear off the front edge of the brown from above the hole.
Hole 17 – Par 5 – 486 yds. – An easy birdie opportunity – if you hit it straight! The drive is critical here as a long straight drive will allow nearly every player a chance to get on in two. The trouble with that though is Out of Bounds is very much in play off of the tee as it runs the entire length of the hole just right of the road. And water awaits any tee shot that heads too far left off of the tee. Once the fairway is found, a fairway wood or hybrid will get you on or close to the green in two. The fairway bunkers about 100 yards short of the brown should not come into play that often. This brown is quite flat and is surrounded by bunkers short-right, left and long. Even if you do lay-up and hit wedge for your third, this brown is receptive and you can get it close for a birdie opportunity.
Hole 18 – Par 4 – 383 yds. - An interesting driving hole to conclude this great desert course! Big hitters should aim over the three palms that sit in front of the mound that juts into the fairway from the left. However, it must be a big ball as there is a fairway bunker just beyond waiting to snag anything just clearing the mound. Water also awaits any big ball hit too far left. The safer, but longer, play is to aim at the tip of the mound which will leave a mid-iron into this, once again, well bunkered, large and elevated brown. Bunkers sit short-right, left and long. A pond is located right of the brown and O.B. is left for any hooked approach shots. Be careful on the brown as putts from the front edge to the heart of the brown are a lot slower than they look and putting from the back to the front can leave you chipping again very easily!