PHILADELPHIA CRICKET CLUB - WISSAHICKON COURSE, FLOURTOWN, PA
The first is a short par 4. Everything slopes hard, left to right and a driver is not necessary. The second shot gives amateur golfers a hard time with a very deep, big bunker that guards the front. Be sure to check the pink location as this green is very big and being in the wrong portion will lead to a three putt.
The second hole at Wissahickon is a short par 4, birdie hole. Out of bounds runs down the entire left side of the hole. Pick a club off the tee that carries the first fairway bunker but doesn't reach the one nearer the green. A short iron is all you will need into this green that slopes heavily from front to back.
The third hole is a short but tricky par 3. This hole actually takes you back to the clubhouse and there is an out of bounds left down the entire hole. It's really only a short iron, but the wind sometimes plays havoc with your club selection.
The reverse angle shot of the fourth hole shows how uphill this par 4 plays. The old train tress lines the right side of the hole. Be careful with club selection on your approach because being long of this back to front sloping green is a big mistake.
The fifth is a par 5 that has a semi-blind tee shot. You will see some new construction in the background on the adjacent property. Aim as the big house in the distance. There is a speed slot in the fairway right off the right side of the fairway bunkers. More than likely, this is a three-shot hole.
The sixth is an uphill, dogleg left to right, par 4. The large fairway bunker on the right much be avoided to leave a mid to short iron into this green.
The seventh is one of the most picturesque holes on the course. The bunker complex in front of the green will catch any wayward approach shots. The green is also very complicated on this par 4 so be sure you study the various slopes.
The longest par 3 on the Wissahickon, the eighth hole has a devastating bunker to the front left of the green. With out of bounds lining the right side of the hole, par is an excellent score here.
The ninth is a straight forward par 4 up the hill. Avoid the fairway bunkers on the left and you will only have a short iron remaining. Out of bound lines the right side of the hole but drive is not necessary off the tee.
The 10th is a very difficult, dogleg left par 4. Long hitters can cut the corner some but this hole puts a premium on being in the fairway. This green is double tiered and is one of the hardest complexes on the course.
The 11th at Wissahickon is a monster par 4. It does play downhill and downwind most days, but missing the fairway will surely lead to a bogey. Take care with club selection on your approach because it generally plays a club less.
The 12th is a medium length par 4 that plays uphill and into the prevailing wind the whole way. The green is double tiered, so be sure to check the pin position. Par on this hole is a good score.
The 13th is a medium length par 4. Long hitters beware! A creek travels through the landing area at the very bottom of the fairway. This hole plays downhill off the tee and the prevailing wine is at your back, meaning a 3-wood is a smart play and par is a good mark.
A short, but devious par 3, the 14th is a birdie / double bogey hole. A short wedge is all you need, but miss the green and you will be shaking your head as you scramble for a lucky bogey.
The 15th hole features the "Great Hazard" - a vast expanse of bunkers that cross the fairway which will make you think twice about your second shot. Long hitters can give this par 5 a run.
This hole has it all - waters, bunkers, a long carry, a tricky green and devious pin placements. This long par 3 requires you to gauge the wind carefully as hazards lurk on every edge of the green.
This par 4 stretches to almost 500 yards and plays uphill. Take care to avoid the old train tress on the right and the bunkers that shape the fairway. A big tee shot can find that left fairway bunker because this hole normally plays very firm. Club selection is crucial on your approach as you're hitting to a two tiered green.
The final hole at Wissahickon challenges players to think hard down the stretch. This long par 4 which plays into the wind and even a long drive can leave you with a 3-wood or hybrid into the very well protected green. Tillinghast's version of the "church pew" bunkers make the approach visually intimidating. A bogey on this hole isn't really losing a shot to the field.
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