The Course

A Par 72 Premiere Championship Golf Course Isn't Merely Played, It Is Experienced

Make the most of your visit to Shore Gate Golf Club with our detailed course guide — a useful tool we’ve created to provide hole strategy and data for your round of golf. The Overview tab provides general information on hole lengths, slopes, and rates. Plus, by clicking on the individual hole numbers, you'll find more detailed information about each hole of the course including a hole description, aerial view, yardage, and images. This guide gives you all the information necessary to have the best possible experience on our course!

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Course Lengths Overview

OUT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 TOTAL
PAR 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 5 36
Professional 394 432 404 370 163 589 401 225 648 3626
Championship 365 401 386 345 149 565 388 204 616 3419
Regular 333 398 374 324 136 537 371 188 577 3238
Senior 293 370 350 300 105 511 344 168 531 2972
Forward 256 332 310 270 91 459 284 154 457 2613
IN 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 TOTAL
PAR 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 36
Professional 470 409 410 556 144 406 542 204 460 3601
Championship 435 376 387 536 130 378 526 185 422 3375
Regular 400 345 355 512 112 350 509 179 391 3153
Senior 375 320 321 488 108 334 484 164 374 2968
Forward 331 287 290 434 94 302 456 145 341 2680
Course Totals Out In Total Slope Rate
Professional 3626 3601 7227 140 75.5
Championship 3419 3375 6794 138 72.8
Regular 3238 3153 6391 137 71.0
Senior 2972 2968 5940 131 69.0
Forward 2613 2680 5293 128 70.5
Aerial Course Overview

Hole 1 - Par 4

Hole #1 is a downhill dogleg left. The drive should be strategically placed on the right hand side of the fairway, short of the grass waste area in the middle of the fairway, allowing for a wedge or 9-iron shot to reach the green. Avoid the trees on the left, to set up a short-iron final approach to clear the guarding bunkers.

Hole 1

Yardage

Professional 394
Championship 365
Regular 333
Senior 293
Forward 256

Hole 2 - Par 4

Hole #2 is a par 4 with two lakes that flank the left side of the hole. A well-placed tee shot over the first lake must stay to the right to avoid the second lake. The fairway widens to present a generous landing area just ahead of the first lake. The landing area is a generous 47 yards wide, but is difficult to see from the tee. The idea is to land on the left hand side of the landing area, to avoid adding 40 to 50 years to your second shot. A well placed drive will leave you with an approach of about 170 yards to a well-guarded green. Avoid the bunkers on the right on your approach shot. Like most of Shore Gate’s unique hole designs, #2’s bark is worse than its bite. It can be visually intimidating from the tee, but the hole was designed to reward strategic thinking and good shot making.

Hole 2

Yardage

Professional 432
Championship 401
Regular 398
Senior 370
Forward 332

Hole 3 - Par 4

Hole #3 is a medium-length par 4 dogleg left. Both sides of the fairway are lined with challenging bunkers. Consider a 3-wood for your tee shot, targeting the center of the fairway. The risk here is that with your driver, if you hit left or right, you’ll be in trouble with lots of bunkers, water and waste areas coming into play. Better to be conservative, hit a little short and stay in the middle. The fairway is heavily washboarded. Be prepared for an uneven lie on your second shot. The green is long, two-tiered and surrounded by bunkers. Depending on pin location, your second shot must be well-placed and carry deep into the green, to avoid a very long putt.

Hole 3

Yardage

Professional 404
Championship 386
Regular 374
Senior 350
Forward 310

Hole 4 - Par 4

Hole #4 is Shore Gate’s shortest par 4. It requires a very accurate tee shot, to avoid Environmental Area Hazard on the left, which protects an environmentally sensitive area. You must also avoid all the bunker complexes. There is a very large, deep bunker on the left, approximately 50 yards long and up to 13 feet deep in some spots. On the right is a smaller bunker. The ideal tee shot will take a trajectory over the left handed boundary of the right hand bunker. The landing area is there, beyond the bunker, but is hidden from view at the tee. The key is to hit the ball solidly and with confidence, despite the fact that the landing area is unseen. Then you will be set up for a wedge shot into the green.

Hole 4

Yardage

Professional 370
Championship 345
Regular 324
Senior 300
Forward 270

Hole 5 - Par 3

Hole #5 is the first of Shore Gate’s par 3s. It’s protected by a lake and a bunker, both of which you must carry to reach the tiered green. The green is comparatively narrow, presenting the challenge of a fairly small target protected by front and rear bunkers.

Hole 5

Yardage

Professional 163
Championship 149
Regular 136
Senior 105
Forward 91

Hole 6 - Par 5

Hole #6 is called Riptide because of the substantial sculpting in the fairway. It’s a long par 5 that is best played as a three-shot hole. The golfer must place the drive along the left side of the fairway to avoid the bunker on the right. The smart golder will play #6 for accuracy, not distance. Play left, and avoid driving through the fairway. Avoid the sand. There are no waste areas on this hole, all the hazards are regulation bunkers.

Hole 6

Yardage

Professional 589
Championship 565
Regular 537
Senior 511
Forward 459

Hole 7 - Par 4

Hole #7 is a dogleg right par 4 with a dramatic sand chute that runs all the way down the right hand side of the fairway. The best way to get close to the green from the tee is to hit a controlled fade. Avoid overshooting the landing area. It is an ample 55 yards wide, but the fairway narrows to just 12 yards wide in front of the green. You must be careful to avoid driving too far which will cause you to miss the landing area and put a stand of trees between you and the green for your second shot. Too short, and you’re in the sand.

Hole 7

Yardage

Professional 401
Championship 388
Regular 371
Senior 344
Forward 284

Hole 8 - Par 3

Hole #8 is a downhill par 3. The green is well-protected by 11 bunkers and waste areas. It’s a long, narrow, multi-tiered green, over 50 yards. There are two large bunkers right in front of the green. This hole requires a straight tee-shot, hit well into the green to carry the bunkers. Once again, pick your line and hit your shot trusting your club to do the work and get you over the hazards.

Hole 8

Yardage

Professional 225
Championship 204
Regular 188
Senior 168
Forward 154

Hole 9 - Par 5

Hole #9 is a long par 5. Every course has one hole that makes you want to come back again and again. For Shore Gate, it’s #9. It requires a left-to-right tee shot. The narrow green is about 55 yards long and is guarded by a lake in front and a complex of three large bunkers presenting a fairly small target. The ideal way to play #9 is to the right, around three guarding bunkers in the fairway. Play your second shot as long as you can to get over the hazards to come into play with a medium to long-iron third shot of about 150 yards. Be aware of the wind, which makes this hole even longer when blowing towards the tee. Hint: those who have birdied this hole have played 3 woods to the green.

Hole 9

Yardage

Professional 648
Championship 616
Regular 577
Senior 531
Forward 457

Hole 10 - Par 4

Hole #10 is an uphill dogleg left par 4. A well-placed tee shot will stay on the right side of the fairway, clearing the waste area in front of the tee but avoiding the bunker on the right, allowing the best angle of attack to the green. The landing area is not visible from the tee, so most golfers will stay to the right to be safe. However, you may safely play it left, hitting a long shot to clear the small left bunker and finding the landing area in front of it. This is the only hole at Shore Gate with a bunker in the middle of the fairway. However, playing the hole strategically will keep the bunker out of play.

Hole 10

Yardage

Professional 470
Championship 435
Regular 400
Senior 375
Forward 331

Hole 11 - Par 4

Hole #11 is a mid-length par 4, with a Lateral Hazard all the way down the left, protecting environmentally sensitive areas. #11 has one of Shore Gate’s most inviting landing areas that you can almost fully see from the tee, but there is trouble on the left that is not visible. A well placed drive, along the right side of the fairway, gives you the best angle of approach and lets you avoid the tall fescue waste areas on the left. Be conservative on your second shot: the target is small and there is an additional Lateral Hazard area behind the green. Again, you have to be strategic. It’s not a long second shot, but you need to be in the fairway to make it your best.

Hole 11

Yardage

Professional 409
Championship 376
Regular 345
Senior 320
Forward 287

Hole 12 - Par 4

Hole #12 is a straightaway par 4. The ideal tee shot is a fade that starts out down the left side of the fairway and moves right to a generous landing area. On your second shot, you must avoid the water and a bunker complex on the right. The green is on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water or sand.

Hole 12

Yardage

Professional 410
Championship 387
Regular 355
Senior 321
Forward 290

Hole 13 - Par 5

Cross the bridge to the first of three holes known as The Kingdom. Hole #13 is a dogleg left par 5, guarded by waste areas on the left and lakes on the right. A 45 -yard patch of rough cuts across the fairway, so be careful to hit your drive short of it unless you can hit it like Tiger off the tee. Your second shot should also favor the right side of the fairway to avoid the waste areas and traps on the left but not too far right, to avoid the bunker about 100 yards out. You want to hit your approach shot to the middle of the green because if you miss to the right, you’ll be faced with a waste area that is 14 feet deep in some spots.

Hole 13

Yardage

Professional 556
Championship 536
Regular 512
Senior 488
Forward 434

Hole 14 - Par 3

Hole #14 is the shortest hole on the golf course. The smallest green on the course is highly protected with deep bunkers. An environmentally protected area runs along the left side of the green and is marked as a lateral hazard. Make sure you pull the right club out of the bag and aim for the center of the green.

Hole 14

Yardage

Professional 144
Championship 130
Regular 112
Senior 108
Forward 94

Hole 15 - Par 4

Your tee shot on Hole #15 should be aimed at the barber pole in the middle of the fairway. An environmentally protected area runs along the entire left side. A layup to the 150 yard marker is the smart play but if you are hitting the driver straight, it is a great risk/reward. A large lake comes into play on the right side from the 150 marker and runs all the way along the front and right side of this undulating green. If the wind is blowing, make sure to take an extra club on your approach. Par is a good score.

Hole 15

Yardage

Professional 406
Championship 378
Regular 350
Senior 334
Forward 302

Hole 16 - Par 5

Hole #16 is the longer hitters best opportunity at Shore Gate to get home in 2 and have an opportunity for eagle. The generous landing area awaits your tee shot. A good drive gives you the opportunity to hit a long iron or fairway wood into this large two tiered green protected in front by a single tree and a series of bunkers. A layup shot should be played down the right side of the fairway to avoid the tree and bunkers. A real good chance for a birdie or possibly an eagle down the closing stretch.

Hole 16

Yardage

Professional 542
Championship 526
Regular 509
Senior 484
Forward 456

Hole 17 - Par 3

Hole #17 requires you to carry a waste area to a large green protected by bunkers on 3 sides. The front hole location is the narrowest part of this 3 tiered green. The middle of the green is a big bowl and the easiest hole location on this green. Club selection and wind direction are the keys to playing this hole well.

Hole 17

Yardage

Professional 204
Championship 185
Regular 179
Senior 164
Forward 145

Hole 18 - Par 4

Hole #18 is a long dogleg right par 4. The ideal tee shot would be a fade aiming down the left side of the fairway. The longer hitter can hit it straight over the left edge of the waste bunker on the right side of the fairway into a generous landing area leaving a mid or short iron approach shot. Pay attention to where the flag location is and pick your club accordingly as it could be a 3 club difference from the front to the back of the largest green on the golf course.

Hole 18

Yardage

Professional 460
Championship 422
Regular 391
Senior 374
Forward 341

Shore Gate Facts & Figures

  • Par 72
  • Number of Holes: 18
  • Acreage: Situated on 245 acres of pristine forest
  • Length: Each hole features 5 sets of tee markers, total yardage ranges from 5,284 to 7,227
  • Type of Grass: Tees, fairways and greens are bent grass. Rough is blue grass and fescue
  • Bunkers: 88
  • Water Hazards: A total of 7 ponds and lakes
  • Practice Facilities: Driving range, with 4 levels of grass tees and mats; Prace putting green; Practice bunkers
  • Toughest Hole: #9 par 5 648 yards from the back tee with water on the left side of the fairway and in front of the green.
  • Best Chance for Birdie: Hole #14, Short par 3 at 144 yards