Marquette Golf Club (Greywalls)
MI, USA

7th hole, 490 yards: From the tee the player feels as though his reaction should be “Wow! What a view of Lake Superior,” but instead he thinks “Where in the world am I supposed to drive the ball?” as he sees the landing area with a sharp drop-off to the left (with a sliver of fairway there) and rock at the far part of the landing area. The two basic choices are (1) to play a 3-wood to the visible part of the fairway, leaving a downhill approach of 200 yards, or (2) blasting driver over the hole, in the hope that the ball does not get hung up in the rock, leaving a semi-blind approach of 160 yards. The green is one of the largeston the course at 7000 square feet, an appropriate size given the distant view of Lake Superior. Like Coore and Crenshaw did with the 18th green at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, DeVries built a large green to fit the setting and to accommodate a great variety of length approaches.

The tee shot on the 7th: To hit driver straight (toward the green, whose back portion is just visible) or 3-wood to the highest point of the fairway?

The downhill approach to the 7th, from the front edge of the top part of the fairway. Not a bunker to be found.

Looking back up the 7th from its large, undulating green.

8th hole, 345 yards: Despite its modest length, the 8th has quickly established itself as one of the more intimidating and challenging holes on the course, as evidenced by the fact that it played as the 6th most difficult hole in the stroke-play portion of the 2006 Club Championship. Up to the 220 yard mark off the tee, the fairway is alarmingly narrow, exacerbated by the right-to-left slope of the fairway. Beyond 220 yards, the fairway levels and widens a bit. The experienced player will therefore have two choices from the tee: (1) to play a 6-iron, followed by another 6-iron to the green, or (2) to bang a driver. The severe slope leading up to the green (from which an approach that is just short of the green can come back a full 20 yards) can make a 50-yard pitch most difficult. All of this adds up to an original hole: A short, straight two shotter that does not rely on sand or water where a good player is happy to walk away with 4.

Is there a fairway out there? The tee shot on the 8th.

The options for the tee shot on the 8th become more clear when looking back down the fairway, which widens out to the golfer's right beyond 220 yards.

9th hole, 390 yards: The player’s attention will first be drawn to another view of Lake Superior, but subsequent rounds will have him scratching his head over how to play this demanding hole. With the large bunker on the left some 240 yards off the tee, the player has to decide whether (1) to attempt to carry the bunker with a driver, (2) to play 3-wood just to the right of the bunker, (3) to play a shorter club toward the bunker, leaving a good angle to the green that slopes from right to left but a completely blind shot or (4) play a shorter club out to the right, leaving a longer approach and from a difficult angle, but with some of the green visible. The green is benched into the hillside, and the drop-off to the left (where a ball that just misses the green can finish 40 yards from it) makes the approaches from the right all the more risky.

The bunker at the 9th that presents such a dilemma off the tee. While this might look like a nice approach, this picture was taken from 180 yards out, in the right side of the fairway -- a very difficult spot from which to hit and hold the right-to-left sloping green benched into the hillside.

10th hole, 335 yards: After an arduous first nine of hill climbing, the tenth seems like a respite: short andstraight with awide fairway and just one bunker on the entire hole. This hole has proven to be a sleeper, with many underestimating its demands. Sure, a player can hit driver from the tee and still find the fairway after a push/slice of 40 yards, leaving him with less than 80 yards to the hole. However, he now faces a semi-blind or completely blind approach to a green angled the “other” way (from left to right). A driver down the left side (near the rock and tall rough on that side), on the other hand, will leave a much more straightforward pitch where the player can realistically think about making a 3. The author once noted with interest how one of the better players of the Club laid back in the wide fairway to 140 yards.

The tee shot on the 10th looks (and is) wide open for such a short hole, however . . .

. . . a safe drive down the right will leave an awkward angle for the pitch and, depending on that day's hole location, a semi-blind or blind approach, while . . .

. . . a brave tee shot down the left leaves a much more straightfoward pitch.

The angled 10th green, seen from behind, reinforces the desirability of a drive down the left side of the fairway.

11th hole, 390 yards: Many visitors have commented on the attractiveness of the bunkering by DeVries at the Kingsley Club, yet there has been precious little bunkering so far at Greywalls, as the demanding terrain (with its rock outcroppings and contours)does not need help in defending itself. Therefore, it comes as a bit of a shock for the player to see someeight bunkers (out of the course’s 36 (of which ten more come at the 13th)) cut into the heaving fairway from the 11th tee. Once again the player must decide what to do, with the popular choices being to hit driver left of the central bunker (leaving a 100-yard pitch) or to play 3-wood to a flat spot short of the central bunker, leaving a completely blind 150-yard second. While the putting surface is visible rarely for the approach, the green, while set in a punchbowl, is not an overly welcoming target, especially when the hole is located in the narrow back.

Bunkers galore: The profusion of bunkers (especially the one in the center of the fairway) on the 11th hole forces the player to make yet another strategic decision on essentially a straight hole.

The semi-blind green (from behind) allows the player to use the slope on his right to bounce the ball onto the green, while the drop-off on his left must be avoided - a classic example of a green with one side to favor and one to avoid.

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