Our superb opening hole is a 387-yard par 4 with a slight dogleg left and a stream running in front of the green, which makes your approach shot a bit tricky. You can hit driver here, but the safe play might be a fairway wood or long iron off the tee to be in the best position for an approach over the stream. Correct club selection is important on the shot to the green, which slopes front to back.
Par 4 387 369 348 328 261 Hole 2
No. 2 is a 412-yard, uphill par 4 that requires some careful navigation to the green because of a tight landing area. It's important that you keep it in the fairway here in order to have a good approach to the green, one of the smallest on the golf course. Locals say this is a hole where a par is a good score.
Par 4 412 390 355 305 263 Hole 3
No. 3, the first par 5 plays 542 yards from the tips and requires an accurate tee shot. Because of a small pond that is on the right side of the fairway, you'll want to keep it left. Accuracy is very important on the second shot to avoid the pot bunkers that surround the green. If you can get it on this rather small green, you'll have a good chance to hole out.
Par 5 542 512 483 454 426 Hole 4
No. 4 is a challenging par 3 that is 198 yards long from the championship tee, but made more difficult because you are hitting to a large, double-tiered green. Put it on the wrong tier and you'll have trouble two-putting if you get it on the wrong level. If the pin is in the forward position, you're in for an extremely difficult par 4.
Par 3 192 170 155 128 109 Hole 5
No. 5 - the fifth hole is a 388 yard par 4 that sets up well for a right to left tee shot. The approach on this dogleg left is again a difficult one. There are no easy up-and-downs on this hole. A missed second shot makes for a tough putt.
Par 4 388 365 337 302 263 Hole 6
No. 6 is the second half of a back-to-back par 5 combination, a 486-yard trek with water all the way down the right-hand side. With bunker complicating things on the right, there is good width on the fairway, but the smart player will want to lay up. Bunkers surround a large green fronted by railroad ties that give the perception that the green is nestled up to the edge of the water. If you're a gambler, you may be able to reach the green in two if you are willing to flirt with the water on the right.
Par 5 507 486 472 446 406 Hole 7
No. 7, a par 4, requires a premium tee shot, followed by a mid-iron to the green that is 446 yards away. This is the smallest green on the course - very narrow and sloped on all sides. If you miss the green, or if the ball falls off, you'll be faced with a difficult third shot. Par is a good score on No. 7.
Par 4 446 424 383 351 332 Hole 8
No. 8, an Augusta, Master's-looking type par 4, is one of the two most picturesque holes on the course is a par 4. A long 483 yards, it actually plays shorter because it is downhill. Hitting the green in two is difficult because of bunkers on the left and a small pond on the right. Again, an accurate tee shot is a must, and if you can hit it 220 straightaway, you'll catch a slope that takes you down to another fairway level, which will give you the best chance to hit the green.
Par 4 483 445 413 382 346 Hole 9
No. 9 is the most talked-about golf hole at Windermere, a 204-yard par 3 that is almost all carry. The wind can play havoc with your tee shot, which in most cases is a 3-wood or 5-iron, depending on the wind. Club selection is extremely important and a par on No. 9, locals say, will win the hole every time.
Par 3 201 186 165 123 91 Hole 10
No. 10, which plays at 509 from the tips, is an uphill par 5 with a large fairway bunker that has a tendency to snag errant drives. The true long hitter can reach the green in two, but the average golfer should plan on a third shot to the green. A large bunker protects the elevated green. Do not miss the green to the right or you may not finish.
Par 5 509 483 456 431 412 Hole 11
No. 11 is a dogleg right, 410-yard par 4 with a bunker that you can fly with a big drive, but the smart player will favor the left side of the fairway. Though this results in a longer approach shot, it will set you up for a nice chip into the green.
Par 4 410 382 341 293 256 Hole 12
No. 12, a par 4 that stretches 394 yards, requires an accurate tee shot which will set you up for an approach to an elevated green, protected by a rough area on the right and a hidden bunker. You can make it in two here with a pair of well-placed shots.
Par 4 394 370 339 332 293 Hole 13
No. 13 is a one-of-a-kind par 3 that is 207 yards from the tips. Your first challenge is avoiding the treacherous bunker in front of the green. If your approach shot stays up, that's just the beginning, according to local players. Putting on the 13th could be an all-day affair.
Par 3 203 173 145 136 104 Hole 14
No. 14 is the shortest par 4 on the course at 310 yards, but don't let the distance fool you. A narrow landing area, protected by an army of deep pot bunkers, makes for a difficult approach shot. There are a total of 12 bunkers on this hole alone. The smart play is a long iron off the tee to set up a short iron approach from the fairway. Once on the green, you'll have a good chance to make any putt.
Par 4 310 288 267 245 216 Hole 15
No. 15, according to Chandler, is the most difficult par 4 on the course at 461 yards. Playing this hole effectively requires some thought on just how aggressive you want to be with the tee shot. There is water along the right side that also comes into play in front of the green, increasing the degree of difficulty of your approach shot. "There is a bunker on the right that can be your friend by keeping it from going into the water," offers Chandler. "You won't make it over the bunker unless you are super long. This is a challenging hole because of its length. The wind is usually in your face. Some days you can hit 3-wood into the green and sometimes a 5-iron will do it. If you hit driver it's best to stay dead center. The green is large and pretty flat, with slight undulation from front to back."
Par 4 461 434 406 368 318 Hole 16
No. 16, which begins the journey back to the clubhouse, plays 423 yards downhill and, according to the locals, is the most difficult par 4 on the course. An insidious, waist-deep bunker lurks on the left side, making you extremely careful about trying to clip the dogleg left. Try to hit in the center of the fairway near the 150-yard marker, which will give you a 7-9-iron to the green. On the way in you'll have a beautiful view of Lake Windermere behind the green, flanked by woods on the right and a big bunker on the left. The green is very fast and very undulated from left to right.
Par 4 423 402 356 336 305
No. 17, the second of three outstanding finishing holes at Windermere, is a 158-yard par 3, with Lake Windermere on the left. You'll have to clear a small stream that is part of the lake, but beware of bunkers on the right hand side. No. 17 has a half-island green that is fairly flat and large in size, with water curving around the backside. It's important to hit a shot that is to the center of the green, the hole's only safe landing spot.
Par 3 160 150 132 118 108 Hole 18
A breathtaking view of Lake Windermere and the clubhouse dominates No. 18, which is basically a three-shot hole. The daring golfer willing to hit over the edge of the lake has the opportunity for a birdie with two excellent shots. Average players will want to keep it right. A second shot played to the right center will set up the best approach to a green, guarded by the lake on the left. A par on this gorgeous finishing hole will mean you brought your "A" game.
Par 5 531 503 475 442 401