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Inspiring Golf In A Pristine, Natural Environment


Whitetail Ridge Golf Club's beautiful par-71, 6,604-yard championship links-style layout was designed by golf course architect Greg Martin to blend seamlessly with its pristine natural surroundings in the rolling hills of Yorkville. Thick stands of mature trees frame emerald fairways and manicured greens, with two distinct "nines" providing an exhilarating challenge at every turn.

The front nine holes play through the lower region of the property, winding their way through lush wetlands and water; while the back nine play along a ridge, featuring a variety of elevation changes and breathtaking views of the verdant countryside.

Both nines offer multiple tees on each hole, enabling golfers of all ages and abilities an opportunity to enjoy this picturesque golf gem.

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Our 18 Hole Course

 

The ideal position off the tee is just left of the reachable fairway bunker guarding the right side of the fairway. For bigger hitters the bunker on the left side of the fairway is reachable so consider a 3 wood. Avoid the bunkers short and right of the green on your approach to a fairly flat green. Do not go long or too far left on the approach.

The ideal position off the tee is left of the reachable bunkers on the right side. This will set up an easier lay up on this par 5. Use caution as there is water hidden on the right side about 150 yards from the green. Stay left of that and use the left bunker near the green as a target. Longer hitters may be able to reach this green in 2 shots but any shot that does not hit the green could be in for trouble.

This demanding par 4 requires accuracy off the tee. Too much hook and you are wet and a longer drive down the right side may end up with a similar result. The approach features a bail out to the left and the heavily bunkered green on the right side. Do not go long on your approach.

This par 3 can be very tricky depending on the severity of the wind. It seems to play a touch longer than the yardage and the green is surrounded by bunkers in front as well as to the right side. There is a small bail out area to the left. Do not go long as out of bounds lurks behind the green.

This hole is all about the tee ball. Too much hook and your ball is doing the backstroke in the pond that hugs the entire left side of this hole. You can get away with slight miss to the right side, but a big slice may also end up in the drink. Avoid the bunkers on the right side with your approach shot. Do not go long on the approach which is becoming a common theme.

The ultimate risk/reward tee shot. Big hitters can reach this green off the tee and set up a potential eagle putt. Wayward drives in either direction will result in water or sand. The approach shot should be fairly easy from the fairway, but watch out for bunkers surrounding the green.

This par 3 can be a little tricky depending on the wind conditions. Although only about 150 yards, the wind combined with the hazard short and to the right makes club selection very important. There is a little room to bail out to the left and do not go long.

This could be the most challenging hole on the course. The ideal tee ball is to the right of the fairway bunker, but not too far right as water guards the entire right side. Big hitters may want to hit 3 wood or hybrid off the tee as the landing area ends at about 290 yards off the tee. The approach features a bunker right in front of the green that is tough to hold unless the ball is coming in high and soft. Play to the right of the bunker and get up and down.

The tee ball should stay right of the fairway bunker to the wide landing area. There are fairway bunkers on both sides and bunkers to the left of the green. Water looms to the right of the green short and surrounds the right side of the green. Stay below the pin on your approach as this green is severely sloped from left to right towards the water.

The tee shot is crucial on this opening hole of the back nine. Anything to the right is jail and penalty strokes. You should be able to carry the first fairway bunker on the left, but beware of the second one. The uphill approach leads to a green that slopes from left to right pretty hard, and is guarded by a bunker on the right side of the green. Do not go long on your approach.

Club selection will go a long way in determining your success on this hole. There is trouble to the immediate left as well as behind the green. The safe play is to the right of the pin where the ball often will kick down to the green off the slopes surrounding the green.

The average player should not have trouble off the tee here as a slight fade off the left edge of the fairway will leave you a manageable second shot. There is water that crosses the fairway about 300 yards out so big hitters beware. The second shot will have to be accurate as bunkers are present on the left and right sides.

Depending on the wind during the day this can be a reachable par 5. A solid drive to the right side of the fairway will remove any trees in your way. Any drives to the left are dead with a pitch out coming on your second shot. There are bunkers guarding the right side of the green, so stay a little left as there is some room there.

This is the hardest hole on the golf course and easily one of the hardest holes in the area. There is plenty of room short to bail out, but anything real short or wide in either direction will mean water or sand. The raw length of this par 3 makes it a hole that demands accuracy and length on the tee shot.

A sneaky long and uphill par 4 requires a delicate second shot. The landing area is wide and the right fairway bunker is basically unreachable off the tee. The uphill second shot features bunkers to the right of the green and out of bounds to the left and behind the green. Pay attention to your club selection as you may need one more if the wind is in your face.

Another risk/reward par 5. Only the biggest hitters will be able to reach the green in 2, but if you do a makeable eagle putt is not out of the question. The reachable fairway bunker on the left forces a tee ball to the right side of the fairway. The second shot is fairly straight forward with long grass lurking to the right. Bunkers are in play on the left and right sides of this green and get frequent visitors. Do not go long on your approach.

This par 3 offers a great view as well as two sets of tee boxes to give the hole two different looks. The left set of boxes make the hole longer and more downhill. With swirling winds present almost daily, club selection is very important. A short shot will find a splash and anything to the left of the green will have the same result.

The tee ball will determine your success here. A big slice will produce a penalty stroke and another tee shot as out of bounds is present. There is some room to the left off the tee. Bigger hitters should pay attention to the hidden fairway bunker on the right side and water way down the left side. The approach requires accuracy as long means splash and short means sand. Keep the ball below the hole on this approach.