Tip: The opening hole at the Cascades, is the first of back-to-back par fives. Playing downhill from tee to the green, the longest hole on the course, will play much shorter than its 573 yards from the back tees. With trees lining the entire left side of the fairway, a player is wise to play down the right side of the fairway.
Tip: The second par five, is a great test of skill and strategy. This par 5 is very reachable in two, with a good drive that carries the crest of the hill, some 250 yards off the tee, players will be left with less than 250 yards to one of the smallest, most undulated greens on the golf course. Players missing the green with their approach shot will be scrambling to make par.
Tip: This downhill par 4 will be a test of your distance control. With out-of-bounds left, and trees right, a good drive is needed to set up a mid to short iron approach. A players ability to control distance will be tested on their approach shot, due to the severe ridge that bisects this green.
Tip: The first of four par 3’s at the Cascades, is played over water from an elevated tee. Like most greens at the Cascades, the fourth has a large ridge that separates the left and right sides of the green. With large trees and a green side bunker, club selection and a player’s ability to work the ball, will make the difference between making a two putt par and chipping out from under the trees.
Tip: This par 4 is the most challenging driving hole on the front nine. With out-of-bounds less than 15 yards from the left side of the fairway, and trees lining the right, can make this tee shot very intimidating. Should your tee shot find the fairway, you will be left with a blind approach shot to a large multi-tiered green. Par is always a good score on hole number 5.
Tip: This is the shortest par five on the course. However, playing uphill and lined with large trees and several sets of grass bunkers, this hole is by no means an easy par. With a large ridge separating the right and left sides of the green and a bunker protecting the left side, players must be accurate with their approach shot to be rewarded with a birdie chance.
Tip: This downhill dog-leg left par 4, is another of Cascades great risk/reward type holes. With only 200 yards needed from the championship tees to reach the corner of the dog-leg, a player can take a more aggressive target and try to drive the ball right down in front of the elevated green. Players choosing the more aggressive line, must carry trees and avoid playing through the fairway and into a bunker 90 yards from the green on the right side of the fairway.
Tip: With out-of-bounds left, trees protecting the right, and a valley down the middle of the fairway, it is easy to see why this dog-leg right par 4 is the No. 1 handicap hole on the course. However, what makes this hole so demanding is the green. Crowned and severely sloping from back to front, players leaving their approach shot above the hole maybe chipping on their next shot.
Tip: This par 3 is the only par 3 on the course that does not have bunkers and water. However, the green is surrounded by large, mature pines on three sides. The green slopes from front to back, making front pin locations very difficult.
Tip: The start of the back nine, is a scenic down-hill dog-leg right par 5. Playing from an elevated tee, players must keep to the left side of the fairway, or be force to lay up due to the trees protecting the entire right side. Birdies and pars are common at hole number 10, but a player not finding the fairway off the tee could be lucky to make bogey.
Tip:Regarded as one of the most demanding par 3’s in the area, this hole stretches to over 200 yards from the championship tee. Played over water, and nestled within large pine trees. Par is always a great score.
Tip: This par 4 is the most difficult driving hole on the course. With the fairway lined with trees, the fairway slopes from right to left, and the narrow fairway opening getting your tee shot in play is well rewarded with a short to mid-iron approach to a large green.
Tip: Finally a chance to relax, this dog-leg right par 4, is the only chance on the back nine to relax and let it rip. Players are wise to avoid the right side of the fairway, or be forced contend with a large walnut tree protecting the right corner of the dog-leg.
Tip: This 90 degree dog-leg left requires a tee shot of over 230 yards, to make it to the corner of the dog-leg, but less than 260 to stay in the fairway. With trees protecting the entire left side, and water down the right a solid tee shot is a requirement if you want to make par.
Tip: The shortest par 4 at the Cascades, the 15th hole is a slight dogleg left, with a canal bisecting the fairway, players need a tee shot to travel between 190 and 210 yards. Those players wanting to take a risk and possibly drive the green can hit driver to the left of the large tree protecting the left side of the fairway.
Tip: The shortest par 3 on the course, hole number 16 is still very challenging. With a severe ridge bisecting the kidney shaped green, getting the ball close can be very difficult.
Tip: The signature hole at the Cascades, hole number 17 is an uphill par 4 with a canal crossing the fairway. Players laying up short of the water are faced with a long second shot to a green that slopes severely from back to front. Players who try to drive over the canal will be left with a much easier shot to the green, but must carry their drive over 250 yards. Many local tournament have been won and lost by how well players have navigated their way around the green at hole number 17.
Tip: The dogleg left par 4 requires a delicate tee shot. With trees overhanging the left side of the fairway, any tee shot not struck solid may come straight down after hitting the trees. Just a little left of the bunker on the right will leave a player with a 100 yard approach shot. Do not be fooled by the look of the green. This large green is one of the most undulated on the course.