A hidden gem in the Midwest, we take pride in our beautiful course. It would not be possible without Dallas Baldwin, our course superintendent for the last 40 years. His assistant, Adam Pirtle has worked at several well-known courses across the Midwest, but he's happy to be home.
Tee Box: Meyers Zoysia Z-52
Fairways: Meyers Zoysia Z-52
Rough: Turf Type Fescue and 15% Blue Grass Cut to 3" for year-round play
Greens: Penncross Creeping Bent Grass Cut to 1/8 inch. Roll is 10-11 Stimpmeter
Water Hazards: There are 14 holes where water comes into play
Bunkers: 53 Sand Bunkers
Irrigation: Computerized Rainbird Maxi-5
Redesigned by: Roger Packard 1979
Original Walnut Hills Course Designed by: Floyd Farley in the late 1960's
This tree lined par 4 is a test of driving accuracy. A well placed tee shot puts you in position to hit a short iron to the green. The green offers many challenging pin locations, so distance control is a must have to a legitimate putt for birdie.
This par 3 should be a little break before the challenging holes to come. Avoid missing the green to the right, which can be a very difficult up and down. The large relatively flat green can test your lag putting ability.
This difficult dog-leg left par 4 has out of bounds down the left and a lateral water hazard down the right, so a straight tee shot is paramount. The big hitter can try to cut the corner to have a short iron in, but if you don't catch it solid you will probably end up out of bounds. A good tee shot will leave you with a mid-iron to the green. Take an extra club on this uphill approach shot to avoid the large front bunker.
On this long par 3, par is a good score. Players are faced with a challenging tee shot to a wide but shallow green that can be difficult to hold with a long iron or fairwa wood. The bunkers and trees to the right make for a challenging up and down, so favor the left side on your tee shot.
This par 5 provides a good chance for birdie with a good tee shot. Avoid the fairway bunkers on the right and out of bounds on the left to have any chance at going for the green. If laying up, be aware of the fairway bunker located on the right about 60 yards short of the green. A par from this bunker is very difficult. Greenside bunkers from the left and right protect this large green that deceptively slopes from right to left.
This par 4 is another test of driving accuracy. Miss it left and you're out of bounds. If you miss it right, you are surrounded by a group of mature trees that force you to manufacture a shot to the green. A good tee shot will leave you with a short iron to a deep green that is protected by bunkers on the front and right side.
This par 3 can be benign under calm conditions, but when the wind picks up it is usually into and from the right making club selection a challenge. A lateral hazard on the left side of the green forces players to stay right and a large front right bunker protects that portion of the green. A wide green that slopes from back to front can make for some difficult two putts.
This dog-leg right par 4 offers a challenge off the tee. A line of trees on both sides creates a chute to hit through which puts a premium on hitting the ball straight. A pond on the right will swallow any ball hit that direction and out of bounds on the left brings the water into play even more. To have the best angle in to this green, favor the left side of the fairway to avoid the trees that guard the corner of the dog-leg. A front right greenside bunker and mounding around the green make getting up and down this large, somewhat undulating green a challenge.
Need some help off the tee? Assistant Golf Pro, Noah Kelley, walks viewers through two options in this video.
This hole is a classic risk-reward par 5. With water on the right side and numerous mature trees down the left side pinching in the landing area, players are faced with the decision to lay back, taking the water out of play or bombing away to try and get home in two. Avoid the multiple greenside bunkers on your approach and you are one step closer to closing out the front nine with a birdie. The large undulating green has numerous challenging pin locations that can be a true test of putting prowess.
This medium length par-3 maxes out at 186 yards. With the scenic backdrop and large bunkers on left and right, an optical illusion is created to make this green appear smaller than it is. The green, contrary to its appearance, slopes from front to back. With a prevailing wind out of the right and from the back, this hole tends to play short and fast. All of these elements combine to create a challenging hole from tee to green, and a par is very noteworthy.
This short par-4 is a very entertaining hole. With trees and water on the right and out of bounds on the left, hitting the fairway is a must if you want to have a nice chance for a close approach. If one can negotiate the left to right sloped fairway, the approach is straight forward, save the massive downhill elevation change. Judge the distance correctly and there should be a fairway opportunity for birdie awaiting.
At 516 yards, the par-5 12th is a solid test of driving accuracy, strategy, and red zone prowess. Splitting the two fairway bunkers on your tee shot will put you just out of range to go at the green, but if you can carry the far right fairway bunker, you may have a shot to knock it on. Beware, however, as a creek spans the entire right side of the hole, and with out of bounds down the length of the left side, wayward shots will quickly catch up to those who try to bite off more than they can chew. Keep it in play, and an easy par awaits.
At 429 yards from the tips, this gem is the longest par-4 SCC has to offer. Hitting the fairway here is at a premium. With out of bounds on the left and fields of trees on the right, the best chance for birdie is from the fairway. The green is protected by a well placed bunker that smothers the right half of the green and makes right side pin placements a tough obstacle to challenge. Make a par here, and move on.
At only 350 yards from the back tees the 14th hole provides all the challenge one seeks. Considering that there is out of bounds left and lateral hazard right, the best play here is to lay-up short of the fairway bunkers. However, if you are a bomber just take out the driver and carry it the 265 yards to clear the last bunker. The approach is very straight forward; just don't be fooled by the depth of the green.
The second to last par 3 is possibly the most difficult. This hole is straight up hill and can play quite long if it is into the wind. With out of bounds on the left, a lateral hazard short and right of the green, and 3 bunkers surrounding the putting surface, it can feel like there is no place to miss. If you can manage to hit this green you will be facing tough putts with plenty of slope and break.
This par 4 offers many challenges from tee to green. The tee shot is semi-blind and from an elevated tee, a nice draw is the shot of choice. The approach is to an elevated green, protected by 3 green side bunkers and severe slope from back to front. Hit this green and par is not yet guaranteed. It takes great speed control to lag on this green, just two putt and move on.
This downhill par 3 is a real birdie opportunity. The large green and the fact that it is only 160 yards make this an easy 3 that usually plays a club short. Aim for the flag and try to ignore the greenside bunkers. Don't be too aggressive going for a back pin, a hazard lurks behind the green to swallow up any ball over the green. If you can keep from going over you are well on your way to an easy par.
The finshing hole at SCC is a 520 yard uphill par 5. The tee shot here requires precision and power. A forced carry over a lake, trouble left, and a fairway bunker right are the first lines of defense. The approach shot is deceivingly long and the green is protected by three deep greenside bunkers. And the fact that the green is one of the largest on the course only adds to the challenge here. A two putt is great on this reachable but challenging par 5.