“Lancaster is far and away the most complicated architectural evolution of all of William Flynn’s courses.” leading William Flynn scholar Wayne Morrison▾ Read More ▾
434 yards. Par 4. The opening hole is a gentle downhill par 4 that plays shorter than its 434 yards. Long hitters will have to contend with fairway bunkers left and right, but a well struck ball should get the benefit of the right to left downhill slope of the fairway and a tremendous distance advantage. The green is protected by broad bunkers left and back right and is large with movement in multiple directions.
377 yards, Par 4. The 2nd hole places tremendous emphasis on driving accuracy as any shot center or left will roll down the steeply sloped fairway towards deep fairway bunkers. The green is elevated with dramatic slope back to front and right to left. Golfers should not be distracted by the skyline view of the Conestoga River as any ball putted from above the front and middle hole locations is in danger of rolling off the green into the fairway.
399 yards, Par 4. This majestic par 4 plays between 330 and 390 yards. The tee shot is hit from 100 feet above the Conestoga River. A long drive is necessary in order for the golfer to avoid a blind uphill approach to a green protected by deep and wide bunkers front left and right. This large green slopes severely front to back and right to left. Players taking bold approaches to the green will have birdie chances but even marginal mistakes will lead to bogie or worse.
396 yards, Par. 4. The 4th, a short par 4 requires the golfer to cross Stauffer’s Run not once but twice. Featured by famed architect, Tom Doak, and his book, Anatomy of a Golf Course, the fourth will present a birdie opportunity to the player that can avoid the magnetic properties of Stauffer’s Run.
392 yards, Par. 4. The 5th hole presents another birdie opportunity, but danger lurks at the green. A sweeping dog leg left, the golfer must cross a small valley. A well placed tee shot to the right side of the fairway will provide the golfer with the best approach to the green. The fifth is the only hole on the course without any bunkering as Stauffer’s Run provides the green with all of the protection that it needs. Played well, the hole offers a great birdie opportunity. A slight miss short or right will exact a stern penalty.
529 yards, Par. 5. The first of two 5 par holes, the course begins to emerge at 7. Gone are the readily available birdie opportunities. The golfer must first contend with a tee shot over the Conestoga River and then decide whether or not to test the large pond front and right of this green. Any approach shot short of the green is in the water. Any shot long will leave the golfer with a downhill bunker shot to a green running towards the water or worse. The judicious golfer will play this as a three shot hole and happily walk off the green with par.
198 yards, Par. 3. A long uphill par 3 of close to 200 yards, 8 plays 15 yards longer than the yardage on the card. The golfer will be required to play a long iron or wood to the smallest green on the course. Pitched dramatically from front to back and left to right, the green is defended on the right by a deep bunker. Shots from left of the green will require a magician’s touch if the golfer is to get up and down for par.
481 yards, Par. 4. One of William Flynn’s most demanding par 4s, the 10th hole requires a long accurate drive. For the best angle to this elevated green, the golfer must attack the fairway bunker on the right and hope to get a favorable bounce down the fairway. The approach brings three cavernous bunkers into play. Par on this hole should be celebrated.
478 yards, Par. 4. The final in a stretch of long punishing holes, the 11th requires a long tee shot to the left side of the fairway in order to provide the golfer with the appropriate angle into this saucer-shaped green. Precision is critical on the uphill approach. The golfer must clear a false front and get close enough to avoid a sweeping putt with breaks of 10 feet or more depending on the hole location.
181 yards, Par. 3. A short downhill par 3, the 12th is defended by water in the front and bunkers and native vegetation behind the green. Although the tee shot appears simple, like 12 in Augusta, cross winds often leave golfers befuddled. Confidence is key, as uncertainty will lead to bogie or worse.
404 yards, Par. 4. An uphill par 4 that plays longer than its 400 yards. The 14th requires that the golfer navigate three cavernous fairway bunkers left, right and center. The golfer that can cut the dog leg right will have a much shorter approach to this small but steep green protected by a bunker on the left.
442 yards, Par. 4. A big dog leg right, the 15th fairway is canted away from the golfer, so a left to right flight is critical if the golfer is to prevent the ball from running through the fairway into the deep rough. Once successfully in the fairway, the golfer is confronted with a narrow well-defended green with a dramatic false front. Shots which fail to reach the middle of the green, are likely to roll back into the fairway. Putting on this green is treacherous from above the hole.
357 yards, Par. 4. A short dog leg left, the 16th provides the golfer with a multitude of options from the tee. From long irons to driver, 16 will provide a golfer with a last best birdie opportunity, provided that she is able to avoid the massive field of bunkers inside the dog leg. The green is protected by bunkers right and left and slopes back to front and right to left. Thus the golfer must hit a precise approach if a birdie is to be had.
470 yards, Par.4. The 18th is the most straightforward of all the holes at Lancaster and the most demanding. The fairway is generous because the golfer must swing hard if reaching the green in regulation is a possibility on this dramatic uphill hole. The green is welcoming if the golfer carries the false front, but putting is just as demanding as the tee shot as the green has over seven feet of elevation change.