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  • COURSE

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    Aronimink GC

    Course Par Value: 70 • Course Yardage: 7190
    Ross designed Aronimink to put even the best golfers to the "supreme test" - that of exceptional long-iron play. The Ross challenge is evident from the very first hole, which presents a sharp drop right off the tee, followed by a 250-yard uphill climb to the green. The course also requires endurance - especially on the 16th hole with its 545-yard,par-5 challenge.

    To assure players are at the top of their games, Aronimink is balanced with well-crafted shorter holes that make strategic excellence and accuracy essential. However, in classic Ross style, the ingenuity of the course's design opens it up to all levels of abilities-presenting a rewarding challenge to the most skilled professionals, while giving average golfers a course on which they can play with confidence.

    HOLE PAR YARDS
    1 4 428

    No. 1 - Apache

    This hole name the "Apache", is one of the most memorable starting holes in championship golf. It plays long and uphill, but the fairway is very generous. It is a slight dogleg left that requires a long tee shot along the right side of the fairway. A player's middle to long-iron second shot remains into a two-tier, right-to-left angled green. Comin up short is the rule of the day, so players should always add one club to the yardage. The fairway bunker is located 80 yards from the green.

    2 4 422

    No. 2 - Pueblo

    Named the "Pueblo" by the Architect Donald Ross. This dogleg left with the fairway sloping away from the dogleg makes for a difficult tee shot. A driver must be hit with a draw into the slope or the ball will roll through the fairway behind the cluster of pines that block the players approach shot to the green. Two fairway bunkers at the corner of the dogleg are possible to carry, but the tee shot must be precise. This is a birdie hole with a well-placed tee shot.

    3 4 446

    No. 3 - Navajo

    Named the "Navajo" by the Architect Donald Ross; this dogleg left with the fairway sloping away from the dogleg makes for a difficult tee shot. A driver must be hit with a draw into the slope or the ball will roll through the fairway behind the cluster of pines that block the players approach shot to the green. Two fairway bunkers at the corner of the dogleg are possible to carry, but the tee shot must be precise. This is a birdie hole with a well-placed tee shot.

    4 4 457

    No. 4 - Seminole

    Named the "Seminole" by Donald Ross. A long par 4 with a landing area hidden over the crest of a hill. The green is fairly small for a hole that can play so long. Look for the hole's location to be placed on the small terrace on the left side of the green. Any player's shot directed at the flag had better not miss if a reasonable up-and-down opportunity is expected. A deep bunker is located in front of the green on the right to catch errant shots.

    5 3 178

    No. 5 - Mohawk

    Named the "Mohawk" by the Architect Donald Ross. It's typical of Ross's style of course routing. He liked his courses to play downhill to the Par 3's and uphill to the Par 4 and 5's. The bunkers left, right, and center are viciously deep and the green has several difficult hole locations. Narrow terraces on the right and left side of the green make several visually challenging hole locations. The safe shot is to the middle of the green, but a player may very well decide this is one of them.

    6 4 392

    No. 6 - Comanche

    Named the "Comanche" by the Architect Donald Ross. A dogleg right with two large fairway bunkers at the inside corner that can be carried with a solid tee shot. He also liked to challenge the player to carry the bunkers at the doglegs. The green has a large mound at the front left and another running diagonally from the back left to the middle. If the hole location is near either, chipping close is difficult. This is another short par 4 for players that requires precision from tee to green.

    7 4 401

    No. 7 - Shawnee

    Named the Shawnee by the Architect Donald Ross. Number seven is a dogleg right with a series of mounds and trees guarding the corner. A back-left hole location is dangerous for players. The green rolls off to a chipping area that will take the ball down a severe hill. The green also has a large mound that runs diagonally from the back toward the middle. By now, the player should recognize how Ross protects par on and around the green complex with plateaus and mounds running at diagonals.

    8 3 238

    No. 8 - Sitting Bull

    Named the "Sitting Bull" by the Architect Donald Ross. This Par 3 will play long to a narrow green form the highly elevated back tee. This green is without much depth and has an obligatory mound bisecting the green. It is a picturesque hole where par will be a good score, and players will be hitting long irons from the tee.

    9 5 605

    No. 9 - Kickapoo

    Named the "Kickapoo" by the Architect Donald Ross. The first of only two par 5's on the course, the best tee shot is a draw to keep the ball from following the slope of the right rough. The green provides players with on the best opportunities for holing a putt. This green is one of the few that is benign.

    10 4 445

    No. 10 - Cherokee

    Named the "Cherokee" by the Architect Donald Ross. This hole is the most demanding on the course. A Narrow Fairway is guarded right with a bunker and two very large sycamore trees. The Left rough is no bargain either, considering a lake guards the front left of the green. A lay up might seem the prudent play but that means a longer iron into a very difficult green. A player's putt to a hole location on the terraced left side could possible roll back to the lower front level.

    11 4 408

    No. 11 - Kiowea

    Named the "Kiowea" by the Architect Donald Ross. "Subtle" best describes this uphill par 4. The driving area is generous. The green presents the difficulty. A bowl in the middle of the green guards hole locations to the upper level that surrounds it on three sides. An approach shot not played precisely will roll back into the lower level or even worse over the green. A chip from behind the green can be impossible due to the slope and speed. Three putts will not be uncommon.

    12 4 459

    No. 12 - Saginaw

    Named the "Saginaw" by the Architect Donald Ross. The tee on 12 sits 12-15 feet above the green on 11. The drive falls 35 feet onto level ground, leaving a very long uphill shot to the green. As on 11, the entire hole is in full view from the start. Six or seven large bunkers are staggered right and left all the way from the tee shot landing area to the green. The undulating putting surface affords marvelous variety in cup position.

    13 4 387

    No. 13 - Blackfoot

    Named the "Blackfoot" by the Architect Donald Ross. A rare birdie hole is possible for the average to good player on No. 13. Most players will play an iron or fairway wood from the tee. This leaves a short iron into a well-guarded green. A terrace in the front right as well as a small diagonal terrace in the back of the green will be the most challenging hole locations.

    14 3 215

    No. 14 - Iroquois

    Named the "Iroquois" by the Architect Donald Ross. This is a long par-3 hole with two massive bunkers guarding the green. A long iron is required here. Another small terrace in the back better will definitely be a hole location on the weekend. Depending on the wind in particular and the weather in general, the tee shot will vary from a 3- or 4-wood to a mid-iron.

    15 4 500

    No. 15 - Lenape

    Named the "Lenape" by the Architect Donald Ross. This is a long par 4 with a menacing fairway bunker on the right that must be avoided. A good tee shot will leave a long iron into a large green that is one of the easiest on the course. It is one of only green without terraces or mounds.

    16 5 558

    No. 16 - Sioux

    Named the "Sioux" by the Architect Donald Ross. One of the few birdie opportunities at Aronimink, it's the most reachable of the two Par 5's. the deep bunker at the corner of the dogleg left can be carried, but the right side of the fairway presents the better angle into the green. Several bunkers on the right side must be avoided. A long approach must be hit very high to hold a wide-but-shallow green. The putting surface rolls off on the edges, as do many of these greens.

    17 3 215

    No. 17 - Seneca

    Named the "Seneca" by the Architect Donald Ross. A downhill par 3, the 17th is an outstanding one shotter that can call for anything form a 4-iron to a 4-wood, depending on the weather. Any errant shot will trickle down the steep bank into the lake guarding the large green. There is plenty of sand right and left front at the front corners of the green. Another superlative Aronimink hole.

    18 4 436

    No. 18 - Aronimink

    Named the "Aronimink" by the Architect Donald Ross. Players must hit the fairway and avoid the first bunker on the right. Trees loom on the far left and right sides of the fairway requiring a precise tee shot. A fade avoiding the bunker on the right fits best. The second shot requires a middle iron uphill to a large green that sits directly in front of the Aronimink clubhouse. This winding terraced green provides interesting hole locations for the final hole of this Championship golf course.