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The most important features are the natural creeks that run throughout the course and the rocks used in the design of some holes. The course aims to test the world's top golfers, but also playable and enjoyable for the average golfer.
It offers generous fairways for the shorter hitter, but becomes narrower for the longer. All the holes provide a safe route, but for the more adventurous player there’s a higher risk option with a potential greater reward. The greens are large with many pin positions, different degrees of difficulty, and are well protected by beautifully sculptured bunkers.
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The 4th 351 yards par 4 is a downhill drive to a generous fairway, which should give you a bit of run on the ball. The second shot is a dog-leg left to an island green that often causes a few wobbles, but you should be left with about a 7 or 6 iron, so keep it straight to avoid the bunkers that effectively guard a gently sloping and long green. Pin positions vary in difficulty, just to make the hole even more challenging! Any short shots tend to run back down the green so try and pitch up to the flag.
The 6th 569 yards par 5 plays downhill from an elevated tee to another generous fairway. Don’t worry about the distance, as it plays much shorter than the yardage and the hole is less daunting off the regular tees. The second shot gives you a risk-reward option straight at the green, or a safe route to the right, but the shot looks much shorter than it really is, so get a correct yardage. If you go for it in two, you must take on water surrounding 60 percent of the green, sand and a lone tree blocking the direct route to the flag.
The 14th 165 yards par 3 is the pick of a great set of par 3’s. The tee shot is straight at the mountains over a lake, to a large green that’s framed by massive bunkers covering much of the left side. If the pin is back left, you must gamble by hitting a slight draw to hit it close and let the ball run up from the front of the green. The right side is the safer option, but get your putting boots on if the flag is left. You’ll be putting uphill and over a ridge to get to the hole.
The location of the clubhouse was chosen to give a panoramic view over the whole course, as well as positioning the 1st, and 10th tees, and the 9th and 18th greens, directly in front.
No expense has been spared to make the course as good as possible and the same is true of the clubhouse. The facilities include fine dining in the restaurant, a well stocked pro shop and luxurious locker rooms. Black Mountain intends to offer service and dining to a standard that’s normally only found in the finest hotels. Construction of villas and condominiums with course views is underway.