Quail Ridge Country Club Acton, MA
Date Played: May, 2010
Course Layout & Scorecard
Par 5 579 | 565 | 541 | 472
Perhaps one of the most daunting opening holes of any golf course, Quail Ridge Hole #1 is our #1 handicap hole and for good reason: 500+ yards uphill, over water with hazardous woods along the right side.
Off the Tee: Big hitters from any tee may want to make a calculated club choice. Although the prevailing winds will generally be blowing towards you, you may not want to flirt with water on your opening shot. Shots left of the cart path tend to roll left with the slope.
Once on the landing area, you will now be faced with a long, uphill second shot over the stream with trouble on the right. A well played fairway wood or long iron towards the left center of the fairway is the best setup for going for the green in regulation.
On the approach shot, you will be faced with a large green with bunkers to the right and rear. For the higher handicap player, always play to the middle or favor the left. Right is trouble throughout this hole.
Par 4 362 | 352 | 316 | 233
Now that you have the kinks out, you have a grand view of the fairway of #2.
Tee Shot: The key here from any tee is to at least reach the bunker to the right just ahead of the yellow tees. This will give you a look at the #2 green. Anything short, you will be forced into a lay-up to get to the corner. With this dogleg left a well placed tee shot is the key.
Approach: Once at the corner you will have a shot to an alcove green. Deep Bunker to the left side, a shot favoring the right is a safe bet. Careful of the branch overhanging the fairway on the left.
Par 4 297 | 275 | 249 | 244
Long hitters can reach the green, but the risks are high. The tallest tree on the horizon marks the direction of the green. A water hazard in the wooded area to the right and a small well bunkered green with traps in the front right and on the left side of the green make a long iron on the tee a smart play. Your approach shot should be short of the flag to hold the green.
Par 4 374 | 345 | 328 | 250
Short but tricky par 4. Good driving hole. Keep it in the fairway to give yourself a short iron to the tiered, elevated green. Faders/Slicers beware of the bank on the right rough that leads to a water hazard that is in range for most.
Approach Shot: Keep your second shot below the flag to avoid a dangerous downhill putt. Long is trouble. One of the funnest putting greens on the course depending on the pin placement.
Par 4 421 | 395 | 386 | 357
Tee Shot: Need a long, straight drive here to give yourself a good look at the green. Aim to the left side of the fairway as the fairway slopes to the right. Watch out for the fairway bunker on the left with your drive.
Approach: Again aim left to avoid the traps on the right side of the green with your approach. The green slopes left to right as well.
Par 4 422 | 390 | 371 | 306
Unleash the hounds on your drive to have a scoring chance on our #3 handicap hole.
Tee Shot: Long, uphill par 4 with a slight dog leg right. Must clear the hazard and trap on the left to give yourself a long iron or fairway wood to the green. Too far to the right and your approach will be blocked by the trees. Balls in the woods on the right are usually findable, sometimes playable.
Approach: Be leery of the false front with 2 large bunkers. The green is another 30 yards beyond the traps.
Par 5 488 | 456 | 430 | 394
The Ying to #8′s Yang, this is a forgiving Par 5 dog leg right and then left. Long hitters can get home in 2 for an eagle putt with two good shots. Must avoid the fairway traps on the first corner and several more strategically located in the fairway. The ball will run to the left on your second shot so be sure to aim to the right side of the fairway. Third shot can be played with loft right at the flag or a bump and run down the slope to the green.
Par 5 492 | 465 | 451 | 373
Tee Shot: Reachable in 2 for long hitters with accuracy. Driver off the tee followed by a fairway wood/hybrid to reach the green. The hazard extends on the left side.
From fairway on second shot aim just to the left of the tall oak trees on the right side of the fairway up near the green.
Par 3 169 | 147 | 129 | 118
If you are going to miss do not miss short or left. There is however a drop area on the other side you may use under a one stroke penalty. A raised green with a slight tier to it, the best bet is play for the middle of the green, below the hole. Take one more club than usual. Missing long is safe.
Par 4 431 | 415 | 380 | 366
Off the tee, driver or 3 wood is the play. The shorter player’s best chance is to drive the ball into good position and play the second shot to the right of the fairway. This should put you in the 125–140 yd. range where a good shot will get you to the green. The longer player will be faced with a long second shot of 200yds +\- but the deep, tiered green is very receptive to a long iron or hybrid. A short, left approach can leave you wet due to the embankment.
Par 3 173 | 154 | 133 | 103
The trick on this hole is you have to get it on the green to keep the ball in play yet you do not want to go over where the back is surrounded by deep grass bunkers. The right club selection is most important. Good news is the green runs wide from left to right but the depth is scant. Take enough club to get there! Headwinds are usually blowing on this one.
Par 4 379 | 349 | 324 | 261
For the big hitters the pond may come into play with the driver. Goal here is get close to the pond and have a shorter iron shot to the green. A 3wood left of the fairway bunkers will give you 150 to the green.
Approach: Two deep bunkers protect the right side of the green. Beware of water if you pull the drive to the left.
Great elevation views from black tees looking back on first and ninth holes.
Par 4 338 | 316 | 283 | 239
Off the tee a long drive can find its way to the green. Avoid the pond with the infinity view crossing the fairway. Driver off the tee is risky; a 3 wood or hybrid club to the top of the slope will give you a bird’s eye view of the green from 100 yards out. Bunker protects left side of the green and going long spells disaster.
Par 4 314 | 303 | 275 | 270
Avoid far left side of the fairway as most balls will kick left down into the woods. Also a pond if you go too far right. Aim over the left edge of the fairway bunker. Don’t need a lot of length off the tee for a short iron to the green. It’s like a postage stamp, slopes back to front and is guarded by bunkers in front and back.
Par 5 557 | 547 | 530 | 469
18 is the #2 Handicap hole on the course. Depending on the time of day you may receive a barking ovation as you tee off.
Tee Shot: Rock Ledge on the left and a stream to the right make this hole very tight. Setting up your second shot is important. The best way to play the hole is in pieces. Driver, even 3 wood off tee, aim for the ledge in the left center.
Approach: You’ll need to favor the left side on your second shot as the right side is dangerous around the corner. Must get close enough to the ravine to avoid laying up.
Members tip on playing off the cart garage: balls off the roof will find the green, balls hitting the wall ricochet straight back to the hazard.