Hole #1 – Awakening
The tee shot on this opening hole can be a bit daunting with water on the right and out-of-bounds on the left.  A ball in the fairway is rewarded with a clear shot to an elevated, bunker-less green.  But don’t let the lack of greenside bunkers fool you as the approach to this par 4 offers a multitude of hole locations and elevations.  These elevations particularly come into play if you miss the green right or left, leaving challenging recovery opportunities from large collection areas.  Once on the green, the challenges continue with undulations to putt across. Score a par on this hole and your round is off to a good start. 

Hole #2 – Long Water
A strong par 5 that is set against a beautiful vista. The first landing area is deceptively wide steering right, away from the lake and the fairway target bunker. From there, the fairway scissors around two large bunkers to the front right of the second landing area, and then pinches down to a cross bunker at the back of the second landing area. This bunker configuration demands a precise second shot to avoid sand and water, but if successful, you will be left with a relatively short approach shot.  If you miss the green on your approach, you are left with lots of creative opportunities from the closely mowed collection areas.  The large undulating green offers many exciting and distinct hole locations.

Hole #3 – Pick Your Poison
The lateral bunker in the left center of the landing area of this par 4 creates an ominous presence for all players. From the tee, one must make a risk-reward decision.  “Do I take on the “alley” left of the bunker, leaving me a short approach shot, or do I steer wide right of the fairway bunker, leaving a longer approach shot over water to an elevated green?”  In either case, distance control must be factored into the tee shot, because a small lake also comes into play for balls that go long and right. The slopes on this green are quite dramatic, so pay close attention to the pin location. Stay below the hole if at all possible. 

Hole #4 – Waves
Depending on the pin location of the day, this par 3 can take on a variety of personas. Pin locations on the right side of the green ask for a high carry over a front protective bunker. Left side pin locations require navigation over or through a large swale on the front left of the green.  While some affectionately call this swale the potato chip, this hole is definitely no picnic.  

Hole #5 – Gambler
This very tricky par 4 may have players of all skill levels shaking their heads. While reachable for some, par is well protected in more ways than one.  The pond along the right and a fairway bunker on the left set up the fairway’s angle.  Keeping the driver in the bag may be the choice, as a wetland on the right and a series of moguls and hollows on the left will swallow up most shots that are slightly offline. Two bunkers protect the front side of the green and contours funnel balls to collection areas on the right and left sides. This is certainly one of the shorter par 4’s, but birdie must be earned.

Hole #6 – Jump'n Mullet
A large target bunker should be avoided on this par 4 to have a realistic shot of reaching the putting surface and creating a birdie opportunity. There is ample room on either side of this bunker, but taking the shorter route to the right brings water into play.  This hole sits within the most natural setting of the property and can be quite serene.  It derives its name from the fish that enjoy getting airborne from the brackish lake that frames the right side of the hole. A beautiful collection of hardwoods and pines frames the left side of the hole and the green complex. A large greenside bunker protects the front left side of the green while gentle slopes in the green add additional challenges to this hole.

Hole #7 – Masked Bandits
This par 3 lays on the land like a glove on a hand.  Large bunkers guard the right side of this hole while another bunker guards the front left. However, there is room at the front of the green to run the ball onto the putting surface. As with all of the greens on Sanctuary, contours lend themselves to a broad variety of exciting pin locations.  This hole derives its name from a family of racoons that has been known to steal food (or a range finder) from unattended carts.  Keep one eye on your ball and the other on your snacks.

Hole #8 – Stayin Alive
This memorable par 4 can be a “round wrecker”. The fairway bunker is an extension of a swale that cuts through the back center of the fairway and typically only comes into play on second shots. The fairway plateau on the right is enticing but it requires a long carry over the corner of the pond that runs down the right side of the fairway. Bailing out left will leave a longer approach shot over trees and the aforementioned bunker that blocks the foreground of the green.  This hole is classic in that it heavily favors an aggressive tee shot.

Hole #9 – Reachable
Homeward bound! A birdie or even an eagle would end the round on a great note on this short par 5. The fairway meanders around the wooded tributary on the left and a pond on the right. Strategically placed bunkers between the first and second landing areas will certainly come into play after a poor tee shot. The long, linear green is closely guarded with a trench bunker to the left and two bunkers on the right.  It is possible to run a long approach shot onto this green, but a large hump in the fairway often leaves you at the mercy of the bounce.  Good luck!