Take the Risk and Win the Reward at Deer Creek
Deer Creek Golf Club at Meadow Ranch is a great place to play and simultaneously enjoy nature at its finest. Beautiful wetlands and bird sanctuary's surround this championship course laid out by famed golf architect Scott Miller. Renowned throughout the state for the challenge it allows, Deer Creek is considered a must-play course for golfers of all skill levels.
“This course can be demanding from the back tees. It's definitely a risk-reward course. It looks as if you can hit your driver on a lot of holes, but with our wetlands and forced carries, you could risk making a double bogey on every other hole. The first time you golf with us, you need to play smart. It usually takes a couple of rounds to find out where you can miss a shot and where you can't. You also need to think about being accurate on the front nine rather than taking links type shots.”
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You'll begin your round with a short par-4 that offers you an uphill dogleg right with a pond and wetlands to carry off the tee boxes. It plays at 380 yards from the back tees and 256 from the front. Watch out for the fairway bunkers on the right during your drive.
“The fairway shoots back up the hogback. You have to be on the right side of the fairway for your approach to the green.”
Our third hole is a demanding par-4 dogleg right with a forced carry from many of the tee boxes. If you can carry the pond and wetlands to the right of the tees you can cut distance off on this hole. The green is set against the side of a hill. If you don't hit the green, you could drop into a natural area on the right. The 3rd used to be a par-5, but it has now been shortened to become a par-4, 462 yards from the back and 364 from the front.
No. 5 is an exciting par-4 (392 yards from the back and 284 from the front) that golfers usually remember for its watery adventures. The main fairway area is almost surrounded by a creek. You have to cross water to get to the fairway. Then you have to avoid the creek as it runs along the left side of the fairway; then you have to cross it again to get to the elevated green that literally is built on the side of a cliff.
“You're playing downhill to about 150 yards and then back up again. It's not a lengthy hole, but it is visually intimidating.”
On the par-4 10th (322 from the back tees and 198 from the front), our designer Scott Miller really tempts the player to pull out a driver. The length of this hole makes it look easy off the tees. But there is a water hazard to the left and trouble – trees and a natural area – off to the right. If you pull out your Big Bertha here, you could end up with a double bogey.
On the 11th, you face a 484-yard par-4 (299 from the front) that takes you to a green surrounded by wetlands.
Then the last few holes make for a grand crescendo to your round at Deer Creek.
The par-3 16th offers an island green, not floating in a pond, but swimming in a sea of wetlands. It's a long stretch from the back tees – 199 yards. From the front it measures 126.
The 17th is a long par-4 with a forced carry over marshland again. The 18th is a straightaway 440-yard par-4 with a creek running through the middle.
“If you can make pars on those last holes, you're going to feel good about your day."
Total distances on our course: 6,998 yards from the black tees; 6,489 from the gold; 5,762 from the silver; and 5,010 from the green.
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