Course: Hole 10 – 18 OLD

Descriptions for each of the holes was taken directly from the book “From Tee to Green” published in 1996 in Calgary written by Mr. John Gradon who is currently retired and living in the Okanogan.  Mr. Gradon is working as a starter and marshal at the new Golf Club at the Rise just outside Vernon.

Hole Number 10

Par 4

Men’s Yardage  311
Ladies Yardage  303

 

Mens HCP  15
Ladies HCP 14

 

OB all the way right and behind geen.  Elevated tee shot, trees left, should be aimed centre right of fairway below.  Hole is driveable, but sand to the left and back left, trees to the front right, and OB behind the green encourage a more respectful approach.

Hole Number 11

Par 5

Men 489 Yards
Ladies 430 Yards

 

Men HCP 14
Ladies HCP 16

 

Tee shot between trees should land around bank on fairway with faint dogleg left.  If still below the bank, you should aim at the pyramid peak.  The flat green’s back there somewhere!  Trees left and right of it – and close behind.

Hole Number 12

Men Par 5
Women Par 4

Men yardage 470
Ladies Yardage 390

 

Men HCP is 18
Ladies HCP is 5

 

It’s usually about here that the scale of Waterton’s challenge begins to dawn.  The second of back-to-back par-5’s .  Be left off the tee box.  Heavy left-right slope will drag too-right tee shots down into trees and bushes.  Keep going!

Hole Number 13

Par 3
Men Yardage 157
Ladies Yardage 150

 

Men HCP 6
Ladies HCP 11

 

Truly one of Alberta’s great holes. Thompson’s genius for simplicity and mischief are here for all to see.  Tee shot requires a hit across a 100 feet deep, largely-fairwayed valley, to a tiny, shallow green carved tee-box level into the mountainside opposite.  Watch the wind, don’t be short.  The trick is to hit just long enough to the semi-cut above the green and trickle back down and on.  Honest.  It’s been known to work.

Hole Number 14

Par 4

Men’s Yardage 346
Ladies Yardage 252

 

Mens HCP  5
Ladies HCP 9

 

Ah, the trees make their presence more felt.  Elevated tee shot should land centre right to allow for fairway slope, right to left.  Second requires uphill shot into green with only flag top usually visible.  The fir tree behind is a good line.  Extra club advisable here.

Hole Number 15

Men’s Par 4
Ladies Par 5

Men’s yardage 419
Ladies Yardage 419

 

Men’s HCP is 4
Ladies HCP is 10

 

Straightaway into prevailing wind and the start of a stretch of really testing golf holes.  Elevated tee box gives a bird’s  eye  view of Thompson’s propensity for narrowing treed fairways in landing areas, opening them up again and then narrowing the neck into the big green.  Fine hole swings right to left.  Remember the mountain’s natural slope.

Hole Number 16

Par 4

Mens Yardage  299
Ladies Yardage 299

 

Mens HCP 12
Ladies HCP 6

 

An outstanding hole doglegging sharply left round high banked, right-to-left fairway to green unseen round the trees.  Environmental note – look for wildlife on the mountain slope.  Ideal tee shot is centre right draw to take the ball down to the green.  Gone now, unfortunately, is the tall elm that once guarded the left approach.  It has been replaced by an evergreeen tree.

Hole Number 17

Par 3

Mens Yardage  192
Womens Yardage 179

 

Mens HCP 2
Womens HCP 2

 

Treacherous.  Tough uphill tee shot, usually complicated by wind from right, onto plateaued green.  It’s smallish, two-tiered, front and back and slopes left to right.  If the pin’s right and you’re left, it’s like putting off the edge of the world.

Hole Number 18

Par 4

Men Yardage  396
Ladies Yardage 331

 

Men HCP 10
Ladies HCP 3

 

Homeward bound.  Drive from elevated tee box should be aimed to left side of fairway falling from left to right.  A good one followed by mid or short iron approach will get you home to the large flattish green with chance of par or better for the club house gallery.  Watch those subtle breaks though.